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De Blasio becomes the city's 109th mayor

Naked Cowboy runs for NY mayor - in his undies

The Naked Cowboy might be considered a quirky asset to New York City's tourism industry. Now the Times Square traffic-stopper says he'd make a mighty fine mayor.

Claire Beale On Advertising: Whisper it, but it looks like we might survive

Eavesdrop on any adland lunch table chat right now and you’ll find that confidence is creeping back onto the menu. We’ve hit recession’s rock bottom and now we’re on the (slow) bounce. And it’s not just wishful thinking. We have facts.

The 'horseshoe cabinet' where Mandelson is at PM's right hand

Brown hires spin doctor who revived Queen's image in backstage reshuffle

The week the world held its breath: A global outbreak of swine flu phobia

The medical authorities rightly took a safety-first approach to the disease, but the outcome may be less apocalyptic than first feared

School outbreak creates panic in New York City

More than 100 suspected cases linked to trip

What if...? The Presidents we never had

For every man who has won the right to sit in the Oval Office, dozens have run out of luck on the road to the White House, writes Rupert Cornwell

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We've heard almost all the stories before, but 9/11 still offers extraordinary vignettes

Girl 'snatched by father' in US

A seven-year-old American girl living in the UK with her mother has vanished during a supervised visit to the US to see her father.

Editor-At-Large: Fat cats of the food industry only want us to eat more and more

The Government is wrong to turn to the giant manufacturers of junk meals for sponsorship of its campaign against obesity

Construction crane collapses in New York

A construction crane collapsed today in a residential Manhattan neighbourhood, smashing into a 23-story apartment building as it fell to the ground, killing one construction worker and seriously injuring two others.

Boris needs a hand with the computers on his first day in the job

The first day in a new job is always stressful. But when you are in charge of a £11bn budget covering buses, the Tube, police and fire services for one of the greatest cities in the world, you can be forgiven for having a few first-day nerves.

Pregnant staff at Bloomberg claim sexual prejudice

At least 58 female employees at the financial news service Bloomberg are filing claims against the company after it was alleged they were sexually discriminated against after becoming pregnant.

All alone in America: Brown left in the wings with spotlight on Pope

When Gordon Brown touched down in New York just before midnight on Tuesday for his three-day American swing, he should have been in high spirits. More even than Tony Blair, he might consider the US a second home. He has albums of holiday snaps from Cape Cod and his legion of lefty Democrat chums here could form their own Facebook network. Funny, then, that almost no one cared he was coming.

Londoners may moan &ndash; but the world wants to copy it

After five years, the congestion charge has reduced traffic by 21 per cent

Bloomberg tests the water - but will he stand?

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire Mayor of New York, can't say it often enough: no, he is not positioning himself for an independent run at the White House. Funny then, that he keeps taking steps that seem to suggest otherwise, most recently eliciting research from all 50 states on his chances of winning.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
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Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

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The West needs more than a White Knight

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Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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