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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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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there