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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 coffee shops pull plug on laptop lounging

Owners fed up with patrons buying a coffee and then surfing web for hours

DVD: The International, Retail & rental, (Sony)

Corporate bankers as villains? At least there's one aspect of The International that feels contemporary; the rest of this conspiracy thriller could have been adapted from a 40-year-old spy novel.

My Life In Travel: Jeff Banks, fashion designer

'We were stuck on a broken-down train in China for two days'

Bailiffs move into Madoff's $7m Manhattan home

The US government has seized possession of Bernard Madoff's $7m penthouse on Manhattan's exclusive Upper East Side, changing the locks and forcing his wife of 50 years, Ruth Madoff, to seek new accommodation.

Revealed: The very modern treasure in Venice's coffers

The biennale is back in town and, as contemporary artists flock to Venice, a new gallery has opened in the city's old customs house. Adrian Mourby had a sneak preview

Build yourself a model landmark

You don't have to be a starchitect to get your hands on prime real estate. Lego's latest range gives everyone the chance to build the world's greatest urban landmarks. Michael Glover gets stuck in

How We Met: Poppy de Villeneuve & Zac Posen

'You could throw her out of a plane with a parachute and she would fit in wherever she landed'

$441 on bagels: credit card bill details Madoff family's largesse

Investigators reveal how convicted fraudster and his relatives ran up huge bills

The dead heiress who is still the talk of the town

Brooke Astor was a fixture of New York society while she lived, and so it goes on after her death. David Usborne reports on the trial of the man accused of cheating his mother out of millions

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Observations: Proud family reveal iconic encounters with the stars

Shortly after the Hollywood photographer Sam Shaw died in 1999, his three children Larry, Edie and Meta founded the Shaw Family Archives in New York. It is full of thousands of his images dating back to the 1940s and including some never before seen shots of Audrey Hepburn. The family – including granddaughter, Melissa, who now runs the archive – has decided to release a clutch of Hepburn photographs in celebration of what would have been her 80th birthday, on 4 May. They will be exhibited at London's Proud Central, along with some of Shaw's much-loved Marilyn Monroe shots.

Cindy Sherman, Sprüth Magers, London

At first glance, we see New York socialites. But in truth, the artist's been in the dressing-up box again

Art dealer held over $88m fraud

A Manhattan art dealer conned the rich and famous out of $88m (£61m) in a string of scams over more than a decade, according to a 100-count indictment against him.

The virtual view from the streets of Britain

Google's new 360-degree cameras in privacy row

How We Met: Marcus Wainwright & David Neville

'We saw a lot of each other at this awful nightclub on a ferry on the Tyne with 50p vodka shots'
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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before