Belgian-born commodities trader Marc Rich and founder of Swiss giant Glencore Xstrata

Marc Rich, founder of commodities giant Glencore Xstrata, dies aged 78

Marc Rich, founder of the Glencore Xstrata commodities giant who was one of the most famous fugitives from US justice in the 1980s and 1990s until being controversially pardoned by Bill Clinton when he was President, has died of a stroke in Switzerland aged 78.

Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel, 29, poses in a swimming position in front of a painting of Ernest Hemingway inside a hotel at the Marina Hemingway after an interview in Havana, Cuba

Aiming for a first: Swimmer to tackle 100-mile Cuba to Florida crossing - without shark cage

Challenge should last about 55-65 hours, raising money for cancer research

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David Mamet's 'Race' at the Hampstead Theatre

Theatre review: Race, Hampstead Theatre, London

Sitting awkwardly at the centre of David Mamet’s eighty-minute play about race called Race is a four-letter word about sex.

More than 9,000 New Yorkers have signed up to take part in the Citi Bike scheme

First bike stolen as NYC cycle-hire scheme gets off to wobbly start

New York’s answer to London’s “Boris Bikes” programme made its official debut today, as the city launched its Citi Bike cycle-share scheme. But while many, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are celebrating the rollout, others have been complaining about the docking stations that have sprung up around Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Newly uncovered footage emerges of Hindenburg airship, emblazoned with Nazi swastikas, flying over New York just hours before giant fireball killed 35 people

The huge German airship exploded above a New Jersey airfield on May 6 1937 – with newsreel footage of its burning wreckage forming one of the 20th Century’s most iconic images

Bill Clinton with John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page as the band were made Kennedy honorees

The peace deal even Bill Clinton couldn’t broker – a Led Zeppelin reunion

Former President’s appeal for heavy metal legends to play benefit gig fell on deaf ears

Some of the biggest Broadway turkeys

Forget Viva Forever!, Jennifer Saunders' Spice Girls musical which is to close after just six months, here are some of the most embarrassing theatrical flops the other side of the pond.

'It's a complete gut job': Eerie new photographs emerge of abandoned New York subway station that is STILL closed and in need of $600 million repairs following Hurricane Sandy

Until October last year, the South Ferry subway station was used by an estimated 30,000 people every day

Possible piece of plane landing gear from 9/11 World Trade Centre attacks found jammed next to mosque site on Park Place in New York

A rusted 5-foot-tall piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the hijacked planes destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks has been discovered near the World Trade Centre wedged between a luxury apartment building and a mosque site that once prompted virulent national debate about Islam and free speech.

String theory: Richie Havens in 1998

Richie Havens: The singer who set the Woodstock festival on fire

Andy Gill recalls how Richie Havens, who died this week, was a supremely talented musician who put his mark on an entire era

Tyson Fury (left) recovered from a second-round knockdown to beat Steve Cunningham in New York

Boxing: Wladimir Klitschko clash still some way off despite grit and guts of Tyson Fury

Heavyweight grinds his way towards a title fight while Cleverly shines with win for the purists

Boxing: Tyson Fury and Nathan Cleverly poised on brink of dream fights

Victories for the British pair tonight will bring career-defining contests within touching distance

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Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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That's a bit rich

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