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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

How We Met: Angélique Kidjo & Willem Dafoe

'She leapt off the stage and launched into a killer hug that almost sent us crashing into the wall'

Thomas Hoving: Maverick museum director who transformed the Met in New York

In the public imagination, museum directors should be donnish and discreet, impeccably tasteful and thoroughly proper. That wasn't quite how Thomas Hoving saw the job.

Frank Gehry: 'Don't call me a starchitect'

Is there any future for extravagant, 'wow-factor' buildings? According to the world's most famous living architect there is – and he has a few more home truths for doubters. As a show celebrates Frank Gehry's career, Michael Day gets an earful

The Girl Next Door, By Elizabeth Noble

"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail..." This advice from Ralph Waldo Emerson is used by Elizabeth Noble as the epigraph of her novel and she explores it in all sorts of unexpected ways.

Baseball: 'Old goats' Pettitte and Martinez set for Game Six duel

Longtime adversaries Andy Pettitte and Pedro Martinez will turn back the clock for a World Series pitching duel in today's Game Six between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies.

Edward Seckerson: The Age of Aquarius dawns again

It's been pretty scary returning from the Big Apple eager to share one's excitement over the glorious revival of the 'American Tribal Love-Rock Musical' "HAIR" and finding yourself confronted with a series of puzzled faces - "What's 'Hair'?"

Snail, By Peter Williams

This enjoyable PR job for the mollusc by an Oxford GP reveals that Patricia Highsmith was always accompanied by her pet snails, usually in her handbag but "carefully positioned under each breast" when travelling abroad.

The priceless Peggy Guggenheim

In just eight years, Peggy Guggenheim changed the face of 20th-century art – and her life, both public and intimate, was as radical as her collection. John Walsh salutes a true original

Las Vegas: Even better than the real thing?

Far from being a kitsch stage-set city, Las Vegas is an attempt to perfect the planet's greatest hits

Astor's son guilty of stealing her £125m fortune

The son of Brooke Astor, the late socialite and doyenne of the New York arts who died in 2007 aged 105, was found guilty by a Manhattan jury yesterday of taking advantage of her declining faculties to plunder her almost $200m (£125m) fortune.

Madoff: the $18bn hunt for justice continues

Six months after Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to orchestrating the biggest financial fraud in history, his victims are still trying to recoup some of their losses from his family. Stephen Foley reports

Ready to Wear: Models in fetching wigs resembled nothing less than Barbie dolls

I've been doing the straight up and down catwalk presentation for so long and maybe it's had its time," said Peter Jensen at his London Fashion Week outing last Tuesday. "This is coming back to something more individual."

New York hotels: Recession bites the Big Apple

Whether you fly all-business class or strictly economy, bag a New York hotel bargain

Harriet Walker: The old boys' club you don't want to be part of

In his diaries, Tom Wolfe recalls being taunted for wearing his college scarf to a swanky party thrown by some of the upper-crust gents who ruled his Ivy League campus in the good old days: only the clueless and the aspirational wore such tokenistic garb. Perhaps these are the demographics that Harvard's new clothing line is aimed at. The cool kids certainly aren't going to wear it.

Travel by numbers: The Hudson River

Four hundred years ago, Dutch explorers arrived at the mouth of what is now New York State's aquatic artery. Hannah Waldram sums it all up
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When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

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War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

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Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

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BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

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Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

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Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future