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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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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

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