We all know about Michael Jackson and Kevin Spacey, but what about Gauguin and Arthur Koestler?

We all know about Michael Jackson and Kevin Spacey, but what about Gauguin and...

How did you spend your evening? Few people would dare respond that they were at home listening to a Michael Jackson album, or watching a Kevin Spacey movie. The disgrace of an artist is swiftly followed these days not just by their removal from the public sphere, but also from private discourse. And crucially, any affection…
Trump signs declaration formally recognising Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Trump signs declaration formally recognising Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Donald Trump has signed a document that formally recognises Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights – a strategic location the international community has long described as “occupied” by Israel. In a move that acted as a boost to both Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and conservative Christians among his own base who support Israel’s…
Premier League 100: Best players 100-81 featuring Arjen Robben, Patrice Evra, Freddie Ljungberg and more

Premier League 100: Best players 100-81 featuring Arjen Robben, Patrice Evra, Freddie Ljungberg and...

Today The Independent begins counting down through the 100 greatest players ever to grace the Premier League, beginning with the twenty who place 100th-81st. We asked all of our sportswriters to rank their greatest players in the history of the league, with each player assigned points before an overall list was then worked out. In…
Apple streaming event: Why the products announced today could be more important than any new iPhone

Apple streaming event: Why the products announced today could be more important than any...

Apple is about to take to the stage in California and unveil its latest product. But there will be no moment where a laptop is pulled from an envelope or a phone from a pocket. Because its latest product in one sense doesn't exist physically at all. Instead, its newest announcements will be a series…
Childish Gambino review, O2 Arena London: Hip-hop polymath’s ‘retirement’ show is pure, chaotic energy

Childish Gambino review, O2 Arena London: Hip-hop polymath’s ‘retirement’ show is pure, chaotic energy

This is the age of the polymath pop star. Once, pop’s chart-busters and arena-fillers were musicians and musicians only. Today, they’re cosmetics moguls (Rihanna), fashion industry colossuses (Beyoncé, Kanye West) and Oscar-nominated actors (Lady Gaga): amorphously talented titans of creativity whose genius is allowed to spill into side hustles in other disciplines. No one embodies…
Brexit: EU says it has completed its no-deal preparations

Brexit: EU says it has completed its no-deal preparations

Brussels says it has completed its preparations for a no-deal Brexit and warned that it is “increasingly likely” that the UK will crash out. In a statement released on Monday the European Commission said “preparedness and contingency work”, which it has been conducting since December 2017, was now finished. The announcement comes days after EU leaders…
Trump-Mueller investigation news – live: Congress demands urgent release of full report over ‘very concerning discrepancies’ in Attorney-General Barr’s summary

Trump-Mueller investigation news – live: Congress demands urgent release of full report over ‘very...

Questions are mounting after a summary of Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 US election suggested Donald Trump had not conspired with Moscow. Attorney-general William Barr, a Trump ally handpicked by the president, made the conclusion in a four-page letter to Congress following the conclusion of the FBI special counsel's 22-month investigation, but was forced to…
The Mueller report is a massive win for Trump and a huge boost to his chances of re-election

The Mueller report is a massive win for Trump and a huge boost to...

So we now know what Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign slogan will be: “No collusion, No obstruction.” We know, too, that Robert Mueller’s report will likely act as a huge boost to the president’s chance of being re-elected 18 months from now. Mueller did not say definitively that Trump did not collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election,…
Brexit news – live: Theresa May summons ministers to view mystery documents ahead of emergency cabinet meeting

Brexit news – live: Theresa May summons ministers to view mystery documents ahead of...

Theresa May is fighting to stay in power in the face of a reported coup, as a government minister warned MPs of a potential general election.  Ahead of an emergency cabinet meeting on Monday morning, senior ministers spent the weekend attempting to oust the prime minister, who clung on to power following meetings with prominent Brexiteer backbenchers…
Victoria season 3 review: Jenna Coleman’s queen deserves better than this middling drama

Victoria season 3 review: Jenna Coleman’s queen deserves better than this middling drama

Having many years ago taken my telly critic’s hypocritic oath, I am liberated from any duty to practise what I preach. In the same spirit, I am empowered to slag off programmes that I couldn’t possibly write/direct/produce myself. Still, though, there are times when you feel a little guilty about taking the mickey – as…

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