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De Blasio becomes the city's 109th mayor

New NYPD chief was PM’s choice for Met

Bill Bratton, the former New York police commissioner credited with overseeing a sharp drop in crime in the mid-90s, has been named as the city’s next police chief by incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio, replacing Ray Kelley, who was criticised for the department’s stop-and-frisk policies

Questions: Eric Schmidt is lying low after the PAC branded his firm 'devious'

Eric Schmidt joining the Economist is a feather in London's cap

The roll will be Schmidt’s first board membership outside of the United States

'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

From left to right: U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey stand during a ceremony in observance of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 at the Pentagon

9/11 commemorations: US attention turns to Ground Zero on anniversary of al-Qa'ida attacks

President Barack Obama leads nation in moment of silence, as commemoration ceremonies take place in New York, the Pentagon and the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania

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Letters to New York mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed to contain ricin

Two threatening letters sent to New York City's mayor and his group that advocates for gun control contained traces of the deadly poison ricin, police have said.

Red-faced Bloomberg admits ‘inexcusable’ privacy breach

Bloomberg was today forced to issue a grovelling apology to clients for its “inexcusable” decision to let its journalists use internal customer information in a scandal that has rocked Wall Street and the City.

Most in US back gun control

US mayors launch $12m campaign for gun control

Obama vowed to push for tighter gun-control laws in the wake Sandy Hook massacre

Shot congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords visits Newtown massacre families

Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who survived a mass shooting in her Arizona constituency, held a private meeting yesterday with families of the 26 victims of last month’s gun rampage at a school in Connecticut.

Lady Gaga against gun crime: Celebrities petition for new arms laws in wake of Sandy Hook massacre

Lady Gaga, MC Hammer and Goldie Hawn are among 100 big names to have publicly condemned America's gun policies

Democracy and Disaster in New York's Sandy-battered Staten Island

The electorate of Sandy-battered Staten Island had every excuse not to vote yesterday, yet still these "forgotten borough" residents came to the polls in their droves.

Temperatures approach freezing as another storm looks set to hit New York in the wake of Superstorm Sandy

Mere days after a devastating superstorm swept through the region, leaving a trail of destruction behind it, the residents of New York and New Jersey are facing another crisis.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced he will vote for Barack Obama in the Presidential elections

Barack Obama: Climate change we can believe in? Michael Bloomberg backs 'green' President

It took a hurricane – but for first time in the race for the White House, the environment became an issue, with an interrogation of the President's record last night.

US Election Diary: Barack Obama's reasons to be grateful

We caught an amusing tweet from David Corn, political editor at Mother Jones, noting receipt of an email from Barack Obama that begins, "David, I am grateful to you". (Millions of us received the same missive thanking us for our support.) "What did I do?" Mr Corn asks rhetorically. Quite a lot, of course.

East Coast braces for 'perfect storm' as Hurricane Sandy comes ashore

New York City's transit system shut down last night and mandatory evacuation orders were issued for swaths of the mid-Atlantic coast as a potentially calamitous storm barrelled down on a region of 60 million inhabitants.

President Putin has now taken to working from his suburban home to save angering his subjects with his massive motorcade, for which everything must give way

Politics: Mr President, your Tube carriage/limo/helicopter awaits...

And you thought Vladimir Putin commuted to the Kremlin topless on the back of a lion. Nope, the President gets around the Russian capital like millions of other Muscovites: via its notoriously snarled-up streets. So bad is gridlock in Moscow that the President has now taken to working from his suburban home to save angering his subjects with his massive motorcade, for which everything must give way.

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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