News A man walks along a snow covered Cass Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. The first major winter storm of 2014 bore down on the US northeast on Thursday and Friday with heavy snow, Arctic temperatures and strong winds

A second storm is set to hit the region over the next few days that could be even worse, just as the clean up begins

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Jeanne-Claude: Artist celebrated with her husband Christo for the pair's large-scale public artworks

Jeanne-Claude was the flamboyant half of the symbiotic artistic partnership known as "Christo and Jeanne-Claude". The couple are widely recognised for their ephemeral projects together, over more than 50 years, involving the large-scale transformation of public places, by wrapping in fabric, surrounding in material or the planting of brightly-coloured objects.

Stay the night: Hotel Le Bleu, Brooklyn

Go over the Brooklyn Bridge for luxury lodgings

Travel Challenge: A winter weekend in New York

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a long winter weekend in New York. Prices are for two people travelling together and include flights departing Heathrow on Thursday 3 December for New York JFK and three nights' room-only accommodation...

Radcliffe left running on empty

Injured Briton trails home in fourth to suffer her first defeat in a big city marathon

Paula chases hat-trick but plays catch-up with Grete

Radcliffe ready for today's big race in Big Apple after being hamstrung by injury

It's easy to keep up with the Jones boy – but then he is 54

GB's finest male marathon man lines up over 26 miles in New York next week

Trail of the unexpected: Birdwatching in Central Park

New York's Central Park has become an urban retreat for twitchers

BBCSO / Belohlavek, Barbican Hall, London<br/>Take the Risk, Purcell Room, London

We could have held a party for the composer's friends, but we just had a bag of M&M's

H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah,Wendi Murdoch, and Indra Nooyi: Maternal mortality needs to be at the top of every world leader&rsquo;s agenda

With the eyes of the world on New York for the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations, we welcomed more than 300 of the world’s most influential women for dinner on Wednesday night. The topic of conversation was an issue that needs to be at the top of every world leader’s agenda – maternal mortality.

Andrew Grice: Cutting Trident

New York. Gordon Brown has set a few hares running by disclosing that he intends to cut the number of Trident nuclear submarines from four to three when the system is upgraded. It has been seen in some quarters as the first major example of the spending cuts needed to reduce the public deficit.

Homeless Gaddafi forced to rough it in embassy quarters

Autograph hunters should try to get close to the red carpet if they want a token to remember from Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, arguably the most talked-about of all the heads of state who are due to arrive in New York for the annual gab-fest that is the UN General Assembly today.

Storm brewing over port expansion

Southampton fumes over Liverpool's bid to scupper its stranglehold on cruise trade

Matthew Norman: Smokers should be praised not banned

They contribute many billions more to the economy than they take in healthcare

No escape in New York for under-fire smokers

1,700 parks and 14 miles of beach may become cigarette-free zones
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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn