Across the globe, cities lose that party feeling

THE SPATE of terrorist alerts issued by the US government is only the latest dampener to millennial celebrations around the world. Some of the most spectacular planned events have been cancelled or scaled back for other reasons, from fears for public safety to plain lack of interest.

The Essay: Diary of an elf

Dealing with maimed children, wearing silly clothes, being insulted by customers - it's all part of a day's work as one of Santa's little helpers at Macy's in New York, as David Sedaris found out

Boxing: Lewis-Tyson fight faces a long delay

FRANK MALONEY thinks "the fight the world wants to see" - Lennox Lewis against Mike Tyson - might not go ahead until 2001.

TENNIS: Davenport joins Hingis in final

TENNIS:

Tennis: Kournikova's collapse hands Pierce victory

MARY PIERCE, the fifth seed, held off Anna Kournikova on the opening night of the season-ending Chase Championships here on Monday night.

Tennis: British pair out of world's top 10

TIM HENMAN and Greg Rusedski have slipped out of the world's top 10 to leave Britain without a player in the game's elite for the first time in over a year.

My Week: Frank Maloney Manager of Lennox Lewis, World Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion

Today's fight between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield will determine the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. The two men drew when they last fought each other in March, at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Boxing: Lewis must unleash the fighter within

WORLD TITLE SHOWDOWN The success of tonight's heavyweight rematch could help to rebuild boxing's tarnished reputation

Boxing: Giant Ukrainian to cash in on horror show from Hide

EVER SINCE the first heavyweight champion John L Sullivan caused so much excitement on his debut at Madison Square Garden in 1882 that thousands were turned away at the doors, boxing promoters have been alert to the development of large and powerful men.

Basketball: Spurs nick it from Knicks

SAN ANTONIO cheered itself hoarse over the weekend to celebrate the city's first-ever victory in the NBA championship. After a nail-biting game on Friday night, the Spurs beat the New York Knicks by just one point to take the series 4-1.

Boxing: Doubt over Lewis fight

PANOS ELIADES, the promoter, believes there is no chance of a heavyweight unification rematch between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, despite claims by Don King that the fight is definitely on.

A close shave with Earnie

Running into Earnie Shavers on the Wirral is like finding Bob Latchford living in Buffalo Crotch
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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