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She is thought to have fallen after sitting or leaning on a railing  while talking to her date at her New York City apartment

US left hanging as Russia refuses to share artworks

'Political' decision means upcoming shows may lack paintings by masters including Cézanne

Most celebrated apartment block in Manhattan accused of racism

A beastly brouhaha has erupted at the Dakota Building, arguably the snootiest and most self-regarding apartment building in all of Manhattan, after one of its long-time residents filed a lawsuit this week accusing its managing board of straying beyond the bounds of familiar snobbery into outright racial discrimination.

Last year was second hottest on record, say scientists

In Britain it ended in freezing temperatures and weeks of snow and ice. Globally, though, 2010 was still the second warmest year on record, according to Met Office scientists who yesterday reaffirmed that the world is continuing to get warmer.

How We Met: Simon Paisley Day & Jenna Russell

'Jenna's to blame for my daughter running round pretending to be an "X Factor" contestant'

How We Met: Alfie Boe & Matt Lucas

'No disrespect to his singing, but the thing I most admire about him is his Yorkshire pud'

City Slicker: New York - Bet your bottom dollar on Stateside fun

This city’s hard to beat for some pre-Christmas shopping with sights. Simone Kane offers ideas for new and returning visitors

Cosmopolitans, Manolo Blahniks, sex and the bright lights of New York City

A chat with Willie Garson, who plays Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City.

Little Bird Of Heaven, By Joyce Carol Oates

Sometimes referred to as the "Dark Lady of American Letters" Joyce Carol Oates is both admired for her prolific output and criticised for an overly prurient fascination with violence.

Money talks: Artist Sara Juli discusses cold, hard cash in new show

My mother told me never to talk about money. Sara Juli's clearly did not. Next week, the New York performance artist will be London's Chelsea Theatre with The Money Conversation, her show in which she not only discusses cold, hard, cash with strangers, but gives it to them, too. The run is part of Chelsea's Sacred: US Radical season, which sees the venue hooking up with Brooklyn's PS122 space after 2009's successful collaboration with brut in Vienna.

Bob Guccione: Magazine publisher whose 'Penthouse'' fortune disappeared when his soft-porn empire crumbled

At one stage he seemed destined for the priesthood – which may explain why Bob Guccione later poured $17.5m of his pornography-generated fortune into surely the only X-rated film in history that started with a quotation from the Bible. But there were no decorous adornments to Penthouse, his defining contribution to western sexual liberation in the second half of the 20th century. Pubic hair, full-frontal female and male nudes, close-ups of the clitoris, lesbian scenes, urination, fetishism fantasies and much, much more – all appeared for the first time at your friendly neighbourhood newsstand in the men's magazine he launched in 1965, and in Viva, a counterpart of Penthouse for women that followed a few years later.

Who's that girl? The assassin from Shropshire storming Manhattan

Emily Smith, the new editor of Page Six, is the talk of New York. Matthew Bell tells all

My Secret Life: Marina Abramovic, performance artist, 63

My parents were ... partisans during the war. My father became a judge but he never lost his impulsive nature, he was incredibly open. My mother was the Director of the Museum of the Revolution and Art in Belgrade and was a real neurotic – she would make my school friends wear surgical masks when they came to our flat.

The It curators: A new breed of young socialites are selling art

They're young, well-connected and passionate about art. Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, crown prince of the glamorous 'gallerists', talks to Charlotte Philby.

How We Met: Peter Jensen & Nina Persson

'I hadn't told him I was pregnant so there was a shock when I emailed my measurements over'
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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

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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