MOSCOW - Maya Plisetskaya, a star of Russia's Bolshoi ballet who overcame a legacy of Stalinist oppression to redefine her art and be feted as the greatest ballerina of her generation, has died in Germany aged 89. | Video
LONDON - British crime writer Ruth Rendell, best known as the creator of Detective Chief Inspector Wexford, died in hospital on Saturday at the age of 85, her publisher said.
NEW YORK - With prices for top-tier works of art at an all-time high, records for paintings and sculpture appear certain to fall at upcoming spring auctions in New York by Christie's and Sotheby's.
MILAN - Italy's Giorgio Armani celebrated 40 years in fashion with a star-studded gala and opening of a museum dedicated to his designer business. | Video
BEIJING - Chinese-style square dancing is running circles around other hobbies for the elderly, with millions taking to parks and plazas across China, swiveling their hips and rolling their arms - but it's not to everyone's liking. | Video
LONDON - When celebrity TV interviewer Jeremy Paxman is in the audience for a play in which Judi Dench has only a cameo role, something unusual is happening on the London stage: politics has become the star of the show.
NEW YORK - A lesbian coming-out musical and a comedy about a teenager with an out-of-control, foul-mouthed sock puppet are proving that the off-kilter can kill it on Broadway and bring in a younger, edgier audience. | Video
LONDON - Visual artist Marion Coutts's memoir "The Iceberg" about the time she spent nursing and caring for her writer husband Tom Lubbock as he slowly died of a brain tumor was named the winner on Wednesday of the Wellcome Book Prize 2015.
LONDON - "Twelve Years a Slave" star Chiwetel Ejiofor goes from being the man who lost control of his life to slave traders to a coke-snorting high-flier who loses his life on his birthday in an engrossing update of the 500-year-old morality play "Everyman".
- The American architect Frank Gehry will be the stage designer of a new production of the Christoph Gluck opera "Orfeo ed Euridice" for Berlin's Staatsoper, the company announced on Monday in unveiling its 2015-2016 season.