In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

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The formal diningroom at Birch Castle, which is painted in 20 coats of peacock-blue lacquer. Photograph: Douglas Friedman Photography

Silicon Valley has transformed San Francisco from a low-key hippie playground to a high-tech hub that is party central. The newly minted industry’s s(...)

Actor Robin Williams had been suffering from a debilitating brain disease in the year leading up to his suicide in 2014, his widow Susan Schneider Williams said. Photograph: Fred Prouser/Files/Reuters

Actor Robin Williams had been suffering from a debilitating brain disease in the year leading up to his suicide in 2014, his widow said in a magazine(...)

An Alabama agency has closed an investigation into whether Harper Lee was manipulated into the publication of a second novel. Photograph: Getty

An Alabama agency has closed an investigation into whether Harper Lee, the 88-year-old author of To Kill a Mockingbird, was manipulated into the publi(...)

Robin Williams, the comedian who evolved into the surprisingly nuanced, Academy Award-winning actor has died aged 63. Photograph:  Mario Anzuoni/Files /Reuters

Robin Williams, the comedian who evolved into the surprisingly nuanced, Academy Award-winning actor has died aged 63. His genius will be remembered fo(...)

It’s 1967 and three Russian-Americans – sensible Mike (Robert De Niro), softie Steven (John Savage) and introverted Nick (Christopher Walken) – leave (...)