Hilton launches $6.5bn bid for ITT

In a surprise hostile bid that could transform the American hospitality and casino industry, Hilton Hotels last night revealed it was seeking to buy ITT Corp, owner of the Sheraton Hotel chain, for $6.5bn.

Learning game for Irishman

Roy Jones, the man generally acknowledged as the world's best pound- for-pound fighter, had words of encouragement for Belfast's Wayne McCullough after the Irishman had been adjudged a split-decision loser to Mexican southpaw Daniel Zaragoza in a superb battle for the World Boxing Council super-bantamweight title here on Saturday night.

Write-on Santa works miracles

Christmas around the world: Many have far too little and quite a few have had far too much

It's time to swing back to the Sixties

Good old fiftysomethings like Jagger should get back in harness and fight for the heady, idealistic values of a better time

Boxing: Steward rejects Tyson approach

The leading trainer Emanuel Steward has rejected overtures from Mike Tyson's camp to work with the former undisputed world heavyweight champion and will remain with Britain's Lennox Lewis. Frank Maloney, Lewis's manager, yesterday claimed that Steward's decision proved that Lewis was "the best heavyweight in the world".

Danilovic puts the Heat on NY Knicks

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Smokin' Joe willing to end fiery feud with Ali

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Great speech, even second time round

Watching Tony Blair's Blackpool speech on the television, I was gripped by a frisson of deja vu. Surely I had heard this speech before, at another time and another place, with another 40-something politician delivering the words? Were not many of the phrases, the structure, the rhetorical devices used, the whole tone, remarkably close to the acceptance speech given by Bill Clinton to the Democratic Convention at Madison Square Garden, New York, in July 1992?

Bowe seeks negotiated fine

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Stars mass for Bill

President Bill Clinton's master plan to recapture the limelight after the Republican convention begins with his 50th birthday party in New York tonight. The event is modelled on John F Kennedy's 45th birthday bash in 1962, and is designed to emphasise the President's relative youth compared with his 73-year-old opponent, Bob Dole.

Action stations as America recalls grand design

New life is being breathed into the decaying splendour of US railway architecture. David Usborne in New York looks at a proud rebirth

Pop Kiss Madison Square Garden, New York

Every country has its cultural signifiers: Japan has kabuki; Italy has opera; France has frogs' legs, and we have fish and chips and the Royal Family. America, on the other hand, has Kiss - the fire-breathing, blood-spitting comic super-heroes of rock. For the first time in 17 years, all four original members - Gene "The Demon, Primordial!" Simmons, Paul "The Starchild, Sensuous!" Stanley, Ace "The Space Ace, Not of this Earth!" Frehley and Peter "The Cat, Predator Unleashed!" Criss - have reunited in their famous cake make-up, skin-tight costumes and platform boots, and gone out on what is the most irresistibly dumb comeback tour of the year.

National Music Festival: 2-4-6-8 it's never too late

He went in and out of fashion but Tom Robinson is still driven by music. Rebecca Fowler meets the gay activist who became a family man

Lewis scraps towards Tyson

Durable Mercer spices heavyweight plot by posing British world title hope his toughest test
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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
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Standing my ground

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

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Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

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Edinburgh Fringe 2014

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