Lubyanka Square monument
©David Trilling

From glasnost to the Kremlin’s line of fire

How a Russian civil rights group went from symbol of Gorbachev-era openness to target of the state


Andy Murray of Britain poses with the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men's singles final ©AP
Andy Murray is taking on Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final this weekend. In 2011, before the Scot had won his Grand Slams, he spoke to Simon Kuper about what separates the winners from the losers
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins during a game at Sun Life Stadium ©Getty
In February 2013, Emily Steel reported on how this highlight of the American football calendar became a defining event for the advertising industry
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Demis Hassabis illustration by Patrick Morgan
©Patrick Morgan

Demis Hassabis

The DeepMind founder aims to make ‘machines smart’. Over dim sum, he talks to Murad Ahmed about artificial intelligence — and why eating is time wasted


Vive la fantasy

Haute couture in Paris delivered beautiful clothes and some light relief

The Reaper (after Jean -François Millet)’ (1889)
©Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Van Gogh at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mons

Jackie Wullschlager on how the 25-year-old Vincent van Gogh — then an itinerant preacher — discovered his artistic style among the poor of southern Belgium

On safari in Chad

The central African nation is one of the world’s least-visited countries but a new safari camp, and rising numbers of animals, make it an exhilarating alternative

Jemaine Clement in ‘People, Places, Things’
©Ryan Muir

Happy hunting at Sundance Film Festival

Stars play second fiddle to the search for the next big indie crossover hit

A new plot twist to India’s publishing boom

A rising generation of local mass-market authors is just one sign of an industry in the grip of rapid change

View from the rear of the Great House at the Sanchaya

Island retreats just outside the city

A new resort just off Singapore — plus seaside sanctuaries near London, Rome, Hong Kong and more

A denim-clad Robert Redford as Halsy Knox in ‘Little Fauss and Big Halsy’ (1970)
©Kobal Collection

Jeans therapy

Skinny, selvedge or sea-washed? For the modern man, buying jeans can be a bewildering experience. Carl Wilkinson goes in search of drama-free denim

21 Aug 1997, Los Angeles, California, USA --- Original caption: Los Angeles, California: LAPD Newtown Division officers run a check to housing project resident, who was not arrested, only cited. --- Image by © Kim Kulish/CORBIS
©Kim Kulish/Corbis

‘Ghettoside’, by Jill Leovy

A murder investigation in Los Angeles shines a spotlight on the urban violence that much of America would prefer to ignore. Review by Edward Luce



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