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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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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

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The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall