New Shakespeare play celebrates warrior queen
Is it brilliant or blasphemy? The ambitious production combines material from the Bard’s plays with fresh lines from playwright Jeanie O’Hare to tell the bloody history of Margaret of Anjou.
A very public freak show grips the world
The Hollywood star Charlie Sheen has been sacked after publicly insulting his employers in a series of bizarre rants. It's gripping to watch. But should we be laughing?
Aliens – from science fiction to science fact?
A NASA scientist has stirred debate over life forms from outer space. He claims to have found fossils of unknown bugs inside meteorites. Is he for real?
Freed pop star says, I deserved to go to jail
George Michael is an internationally successful recording artist. He's also a man with a drug problem. So has his time in prison done him a favour?
Mean! Moody! Magnificent! Until you met her
Jane Russell was forgotten for sixty years, but yesterday she appeared on every front page. Why do film stars get such special treatment in death?
Rescued Afghan treasure trove comes to UK
Curators smuggled priceless objects to a secret vault before their museum was shelled. Amazingly both objects and curators survived.
Obsessions: Are you a Belieber?
At 16, he is a Youtube sensation and the most Googled name on the planet. Justin Bieber is hated by some and adored by many. Are these fixations good for us?
Berlusconi: will women prove his downfall?
The Italian Prime Minister faces trial on vice charges. He’s a controversial figure who’s escaped the courts before. But will this be his final bow?
Be my Valentine! Maybe, but what do you mean?
It's the day for cupid cards, red roses and wild expressions of love. But though it's a single word, love has many forms. What's yours called?
Great novelist celebrated against his dying wishes
Charles Dickens forbade any memorials or statues of himself. But as the 200th anniversary of his birth approaches, plans for a monument are afoot. Should we let him rest in peace?
Cameron enters national identity minefield
Prime Minister claims multiculturalism has left us segregated. Britain needs stronger national identity, he says, but many disagree.
‘Monster killer storm’ devastates Queensland
The most powerful cyclone ever to hit Australia struck Queensland this week. As devastation reigns, are such natural disasters inevitable?
Old Masters go high-tech for virtual viewing
A new project means the world's art treasures are now online and users can see more detail than ever before. It's top technology but is it the real deal?
‘Hey, Berlin! Could we have our bust back?’
She may be 3400 years old — but Queen Nefertiti remains one of Berlin’s best-known beauties. So is Egypt right to want her returned?
Make-up! Lipstick! Mirrors! And ‘Mr Sahara’
It’s a beauty contest with a difference. The men dress up and the women judge. Poverty and bling meet in the deserts of West Africa.
Film stars are a joke for Ricky Gervais
The Golden Globes ceremony is usually all about praise. But this year, Hollywood’s finest were also the butt of jokes. Should comedy upset people?