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Theatre review: Disgraced, Bush Theatre, London

There's an unnerving frisson of electricity running through this new American play by New Yorker Ayad Akhtar. Disgraced won last year’s Pulitzer prize for drama, not usually a signal of quality. But this play's a cut above the norm in its nimble wit, toughness and pressing "now-ness".

'Composition' ('Le typographe') - Fernand Léger

$1bn gift of cubist art to transform New York's Met

Cosmetics heir and heavy-weight philanthropist Leonard A Lauder has donated 78 pieces to the museum

Fort Niagara, Greater Niagara

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New York's Met Museum

New York's Met museum sued over 'recommended' $25 admission fee

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York faces the possibility of tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue if a lawsuit over its allegedly misleading admissions policy succeeds.

Lichtenstein's 'Electric Cord', bought in 1970 for £750 and now said to be worth £4m

Court blocks sale of Lichtenstein work that was reported stolen 40 years ago

A painting by the prominent pop artist Roy Lichtenstein has been discovered more than four decades after it went missing, and has sparked a legal battle to make sure the work, worth £4m, does not disappear again.

Romney within reach of victory

Mitt Romney's expected wins in five US states that held primary votes last night will earn him scores of delegates on his way to becoming the Republican presidential nominee and allow him to concentrate on a campaign against Barack Obama.

François Hollande in Quimper, western France, yesterday after taking the lead in the first round of the presidential election

Fear returns to the eurozone

Markets take fright at Hollande’s election lead as Dutch government steps down over budget impasse. UK Treasury seeks £16bncuts because of uncertainty

Leonardo Cimino: Actor whose career spanned 60 years

Leonardo Cimino epitomised the sort of character actor it is impossible to imagine as having been young.

Prayers and silence mark Titanic centenary

Cruise ship passengers and crew have said prayers at the spot in the North Atlantic where the Titanic sank 100 years ago with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

Terraces above 166 Bank Street, West Village, Manhattan

On top of the world: Aerial photographer Alex MacLean uncovers the secrets of New York's skyline

Organic farms, swimming pools, even a vintage plane – New York's skyline has hidden delights, as aerial photographer Alex MacLean discovered.

American novelist Herman Wouk has sold his new book to the publishers at the age of 96

An author proves you're never too old for a happy ending

Herman Wouk is so old he remembers Simon and Schuster (the people)... which is a good thing because the great American novelist has sold his new book to the publishers at the age of 96.

'Madam' Anna Gristina loses New York bail bid

A British woman accused of masterminding a multi-million dollar New York prostitution ring has lost a fresh bid to be released from jail on reduced bail.

Manhattan transfer: The Mexican Habita group has brought its sleek design to New York's hotel scene

24-hour room service: Hôtel Americano, New York City

Mex luxe goes north to West 27th Street

British woman Scot Anna Gristina 'ran US vice ring'

A British-born woman has been accused of running a multi-million pound prostitution ring in New York.

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Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits