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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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