News Thomas Perkins, who is thought to be worth around $8bn, made the startling comparison in a letter to The Wall Street Journal

Billionaire venture capitalist admits Kristallnacht was a "terrible word" to use but defends war on the rich remarks

Bad weather blamed for December's worse-than-expected US unemployment numbers

Employers in the United States hired only 74,000 new workers in December, well below the almost 200,000 that many economists had predicted -- although the December number may have been affected by bad weather.

Temperatures have plunged to -13C in the town of Hell, Michigan

The storm so bad even Hell has frozen over

The extreme weather in the US has got so cold that even Hell has frozen over.

Bill de Blasio and his family at his inauguration as mayor

Bill de Blasio inaugurated at New York City mayor

De Blasio becomes the city's 109th mayor

New Yorkers live longer today than when Michael Bloomberg took office 12 years ago, but the city's homelessness problem has grown under his watch

Nokia faces soaring Indian tax bill ahead of crucial ruling

Nokia’s disputed Indian tax bill could be set to balloon ahead of a crucial ruling in the country on its €5.4 billion ( approximately £4.5bn) deal with Microsoft.

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Alan Greenspan blasts Bitcoin as Beijing moves to ban the virtual currency

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has hit out at the virtual currency describing it as a "bubble" in a television interview.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) and David Cameron (L) view an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China

'Censorship' row overshadows David Cameron trip to woo China

Downing St make official complaint after financial journalist on PM's delegation banned from only official public event

Protesters call for press freedom in support of journalists from the ‘Southern Weekend’ in Guangzhou in January

Leading Bloomberg writer leaves China office after story ditched

It is another example of Beijing’s increasing pressure on foreign news organisations to drop embarrassing stories about the country's leaders

“We should be offering them [the ‘very, very rich’] humble and hearty thanks,” said the Mayor in his Telegraph column

Does Boris Johnson's munificence know no bounds? He says we can have bread!

Bow down to your squires and say hello to Victorian philanthropy 2.0

Hedge king Stanley Fink’s crown slips as fund tumbles

The “godfather of the hedge fund industry” has seen assets at his latest vehicle almost halve in the past 18 months because of client redemptions and losses.

'Stop buying Home Counties schlosses': Boris Johnson rattles super-wealthy with plea for greater philanthropy

Mayor of New York says Britain had yet to catch up with American idea of large-scale giving

Bill de Blasio dwarfs his rivals during Wednesday’s debate

Towering Bill de Blasio the favourite for next mayor of New York City

Six-foot-five public advocate sweeps past controversial candidate Anthony Weiner in race for Democrats’ nod

Included in the book are journalistic 'definitions' and 'to put it another way'

Boffin lifts the lid on journalese: A new book puts spotlight on newspaper tricks and a raft of red-faced clichés

The world of journalism was rocked to its foundations last night as a top newsman claimed to have discovered the secret of "journalese".

Record haul of guns seized in New York

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the largest seizure of illegal weapons in the city’s history yesterday, with authorities indicting 19 people on allegations of involvement in gun trafficking from North and South Carolina to New York.

Judge Shira Scheindlin made the ruling in a class-action suit

New York police’s use of stop and search powers is racist, says judge

Force is told to change its ways over policy  that unfairly targets blacks and Hispanics

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee