‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay: ‘This is art; this is a movie; this is a film. I’m not a historian. I’m not a documentarian.’ Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

I went on Friday morning to see Selma and found myself watching it in a cinema full of black teenagers. Thanks to donations, DC public school kids (...)

Henry Allen jnr (left), president of the Colorado Springs NAACP, shows  James Simmons the spot where an improvised bomb exploded on Tuesday outside the group’s offices. Photograph: Matthew Staver/ New York Times

US law enforcement officials are investigating whether the fire-bombing of the offices of a civil rights group, the National Association for the Adva(...)

Bono: “oops” – how Bono began his apology for the Apple stunt in which U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ album was automatically downloaded to iTunes accounts.   Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A is for Adnan Syed. Convicted of the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, the Baltimore man’s case is the subject of this year’s most talked-about investig(...)

Basic family survival skills Ghosts of Christmases past are lurking. People are walking on eggshells. If you don’t limit time with extended family, fa(...)

 Tesco   chief executive hopes every little helps as he takes the reins and shakes up management. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

When Dave Lewis was rushed in to take the reins at troubled supermarket group Tesco, he was candid about his qualifications, declaring: “I have never (...)

The 800,000 sq ft Amazon  fulfilment centre   in Swansea, Wales. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Britain’s retailers are gearing up for their busiest-ever online shopping day at the end of this week, as “Black Friday” fever sweeps the nation. With(...)

Retailers’ Christmas begins when it might be fully expected to begin – shortly before, not after, they think consumers will start buying stuff.  Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

“Christmas creep” is the name given to the phenomenon of the Christmas season starting earlier and going on for longer each year, although some mig(...)

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Image of the week: Sign of the times There’s a new addition to our occasional series of updates from the world of robotics. Meet Ms Aiko Chihir(...)

Notre Dame in Paris. France is still the number one tourist destination in the world.

For a country, which, according to John Lewis’s managing director, is finished, France remains the number one tourist destination in the world. In 201(...)

Shares in high-street retailer Next fell by as much as 5.6%. Photograph: Reuters

British retailer Next warned yesterday it will have to lower profit forecasts if unusually warm autumn weather continues and shoppers don’t buy winter(...)