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De Blasio becomes the city's 109th mayor

New Manhattan skyscraper to rival Empire State

A soaring new office building planned for midtown Manhattan has won the approval of New York City Council, despite objections from the Empire State Building's owners.

US super-rich agree to give 50 per cent of their cash to charity

More than 30 US billionaires pledged yesterday to give away at least 50 per cent of their wealth to charity as part of a campaign by Warren Buffett, the investor, and Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft.

Protesters in US fail to block 9/11 mosque

A city commission has denied landmark status to a building near the World Trade Centre site, freeing a group to convert the property into an Islamic community centre and mosque that has drawn national opposition.

Yankees bid tearful farewell to 'The Boss'

George Steinbrenner, the long-time owner of the New York Yankees and one of the most colourful and controversial figures in US sport died in Florida yesterday. Media reports said Steinbrenner, who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this month, suffered a massive heart attack at his home in Tampa and was rushed to hospital.

Watch it, mate!: Alexei Sayle looks back on his 30 years of two-wheeling around London

Menacing bendy buses, thieving toerags, lethal bike lanes... It's enough to make any cyclist mad, says the comedian Alexei Sayle – but having pedalled round London for 30 years now, he wouldn't travel any other way

AT&T blames hackers for breaching iPad security

The american telecoms giant AT&T was last night engaged in a bitter war of words with hackers who obtained the email addresses of thousands of customers using the Apple iPad.

The Enigma of Capital, and the crises of capitalism, By David Harvey

Andrew Mellon, the US Treasury Secretary during the Great Crash of 1929 and one of America's richest men, observed that in a crisis assets return to their rightful owners. Nothing much has changed. As the present crisis has mutated from a banking crisis to a fiscal crisis and a sovereign debt crisis, bonuses continue to be paid, while the people of Greece and Iceland suffer huge cuts in jobs and services.

Gormley statues spark suicide alerts

In most cities, people look at Antony Gormley's celebrated work, stroke their chins, and gently wonder: "Is it art?" But New Yorkers don't have time for sober reflection. Instead, they panic, dial 911, and invite a squadron of noisy police cars to come and investigate what they believe to be an emergency in the making.

New York hoping to repay money to scammed taxi customers

Thousands of people ripped off in a widespread scam by New York taxi drivers who illegally doubled the rate of their rides could get some money back, but that is less likely to happen for those who paid with cash and didn't keep their receipts, the city said yesterday.

Ground Zero rescuers win £433m payout

After years of fighting in court, lawyers representing New York City, construction companies and more than 10,000 "Ground Zero" rescue and recovery workers have agreed to a settlement that could pay up to $657.5m (£433.3) to people made ill by dust from the destroyed World Trade Centre.

US may not give 9/11 attackers civilian trial

Security concerns may lead Obama to reverse key stand for human rights

Crime rate continues dramatic fall

Crime in America's largest city has fallen by 11 per cent compared with last year, and by 35 per cent since 2001. Murders in New York are down 11 per cent. The only major crime that is rising is felony assault, which is up 2 per cent. The figures were released yesterday by the New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The figures reflect a nationwide trend. FBI crime figures for the first half of 2009 show crime falling across the United States.

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Bermuda's first luxury hotel for 35 years gets back to the very best basics from the island's colonial past

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