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Decaying 12th Century Astley Castle Scoops 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize for Best New Building

The brilliantly renovated Astley Castle, a combination between a 12th century fortified manor and a modern hotel, has won the prestigious 2013 RIBA …

Architecture

Cantor Outlines Ambitious Agenda for Remaining Months of 2013 Session

House Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Eric Can­tor, R-Va., is telling rank-and-file Re­pub­lic­ans to brace for a ro­bust list of is­sues that need to be …

Immigration Reform

Brazilian funk star Anitta sparks new debate about skin whitening and race

Brazil's latest funk sensation, Anitta, has won millions of fans by taking the favela sound into the mainstream, but she is now front and centre in a resurgent debate about skin colour.<p>Anti-discrimination campaigners and social commentators say the music industry's fastest rising star has had to …

OMG, I Want This House: Venezuela

In the Jungle<p>Need a vacation off the grid? Spend some time at this stunning Venezuelan compound accessible only by helicopter.<p>08.31.13 4:45 AM …

Environment: News & features

Burning Man festival 2013 - in pictures

Once a year, 68,000 people from all over the world gather for Burning Man in Nevada's Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance

America’s Top 10 Lakes to Visit This Fall (Photos)

Take a Dip<p>Lake trips offer the perfect mix of relaxation and water action, plus the chance for some moonlit skinny-dipping.<p>09.02.13 4:45 AM ET

Fall Movie Preview: ‘Gravity,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ and More

What to See<p>From ‘Gravity to ‘The Counselor,’ see what Marlow Stern is looking forward to after a miserable summer.<p>09.03.13 4:45 AM ET

1970 Chevron B16

View photos of the 1970 Chevron B16 formerly owned by Lord Laidlaw that went across the block with RM Auctions<p>A long-legged, lordly Chevron.

The 10 Most Killer Cover Songs of the Past Decade

This century has been a golden age for cover songs. Thanks to YouTube, we’re always there whenever a band plays a must-hear version of some recent …

Music

Renan Ozturk’s View from the Bugaboos

Last week, the climber and filmmaker Renan Ozturk took over <i>The New Yorker</i>’<i>s</i> Instagram feed to share images from a recent expedition to the Bugaboos, a mountain range in British Columbia. Below is a selection of the images posted to Instagram, along with their captions from the feed, followed by a …

The Classical Origins of Great TV

<b>As the final half-season</b> of <i>Breaking Bad</i> edges toward its conclusion, hero-turned-villain Walter White, a mild-mannered chemistry teacher who began cooking crystal meth and has now become the kingpin of his own drug cartel, may be forced to dispose of his pupil and filial sidekick, Jesse (and …

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez poses for a portrait backstage at the "Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live" Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls' and women's empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci …

The Good Lord Bird

Books

The Masters of Nature Photography book – in pictures

Wild horses of the Netherlands, red-crowned cranes dancing in the snow, the plight of a tortured chimpanzee and a polar panorama feature in the collection of wildlife images in the book published by the Natural History Museum<p>• Masters of Nature Photography by Rosamund Kidmane Cox - Guardian Bookshop

Step Inside The Grandiose & Extravagant Theatres Of Paris

Paris is recognised throughout Europe and most of the world, as a city famous for love and it's passion for art and theatre. So what better place for …

Toronto International Film Festival Preview: ‘The Fifth Estate,’ More

What to See<p>This year’s TIFF, which kicks off today, is the biggest in the world, with 288 films, many of which will go on to awards glory. So what to …

Greatest Swims: Five Epic Swims in the Wake of Nyad’s Feat

In the wake of Diana Nyad’s Cuba to Florida swim, here are five great swims from earlier times.<p>Sixty-four-year-old Diana Nyad splashed ashore on Smathers Beach in Key West on Monday to become the first person ever to swim between Cuba and Florida unassisted by a shark cage. She accomplished the …

In the sky, with diamonds: Julian Lennon's cloudscapes – in pictures

Primarily known as a musician, Julian Lennon has been working with fine art photography since his first exhibition in New York City in 2010. His work can be seen at the Little Black Gallery in London from 7 September until 19 October

British Wildlife Photography Award winners 2013

Nature Photography