Arts and Entertainment the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan

The scores of old masters held by the Detroit Institute of Arts might have fetched hundreds of millions of dollars at auction

Ice balls washing up on the shores of Lake Michigan as the US is plunged into sub zero temperatures

Polar vortex: Lake Michigan turns to sea of giant ice balls

The polar vortex which has plunged the US into sub zero temperatures has caused yet another incredible sight - huge boulders of ice in Lake Michigan

Nearly half the people surveyed in Lebanon thought no head covering should be worn by women

Symbol of oppression or expression of faith? How viewpoints on the veil vary

A major new social-attitudes survey on head covering in the Middle East finds that few people are in favour of the burka

Temperatures have plunged to -13C in the town of Hell, Michigan

The storm so bad even Hell has frozen over

The extreme weather in the US has got so cold that even Hell has frozen over.

105,591 ice hockey fans see Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings in 2014 NHL Winter Classic

The open air Michigan Stadium was packed for the New Year's Day game, despite the conditions

USA Hockey accidentally tells 67-year-old Canadian he could make Sochi Winter Olympics team

Man says ‘I’d be happy to play for you’

A lineman works on connecting fallen wires in Michigan

Tens of thousands without power this Boxing Day in Canada and US

Authorities warn of carbon monoxide poisoning as two die after using gas generator in storm 

Renisha McBride: black female victims of crime seem to be invisible in the media bubble

We've seen decades of dehumanising narratives about black people. Was Renisha McBride killed because she was implicitly considered suspicious?

Renisha McBride death: Man who shot teenager claims his gun discharged by accident

Michigan police chief says man who allegedly shot the 19-year-old in the face claims his gun discharged accidentally

Floyd Mayweather celebrates after beating Saul Alvarez

Boxing: Showdown between Amir Khan and Floyd Mayweather could take place at Wembley Stadium claims promoter Leonard Ellerbe

But the CEO of Floyd Mayweather Promotions rubbishes claims that a deal is done between the two

Floyd Mayweather too strong for Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather claimed the WBC light middleweight and WBA super world light middleweight titles on Saturday night, producing a dominant display to get past Saul Alvarez on a 12-round majority decision in Las Vegas.

Vincent Bright pleaded guilty in exchange for his freedom

Man who stole body from Detroit cemetery ‘to bring back to life’ avoids jail

Vincent Bright faces sentencing next month after admitting the charge of disinterring his father's remains

Vincent Bright pleaded guilty in exchange for his freedom

Man who stole father's body 'to bring it back to life' avoids jail

Police found the corpse stored in Vincent Bright's home freezer

Book review: The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, By Tim Harford

Our chief economic storyteller turns his talents to the big picture of recession – and recovery

Man survives being hit 'straight on' by Amtrak train travelling at 110mph

Darryl See was hit by a Chicago-bound train as he walked along the tracks east of Michigan City

A vender sells chickens at market in Shanghai. The new H7N9 strain is thought to have infected at least 130 people in China

Huge risk or sensible precaution? Scientists in a flap over whether bird flu experiments are safe

Critics have called for a freeze on public spending for 'irresponsible' research

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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
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The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

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It's all bright on the night
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Bread from heaven

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before