News Yes we can (fit it all in): Obama has come under fire for his fat-filled photo shoots

The POTUS has revealed his past as a pot-user. These days, says David Usborne, Barack Obama has other vices

James Murdoch stepped down after taking up a position in New York with News Corp

James Murdoch quits boards of UK papers - as fresh scandal hits empire

James Murdoch remains on the editorial board of 'The Times', which would approve any new editor

Ali Abdullah Saleh had ruled Yemen since 1978

Yemen's president steps down

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a deal today under which he stepped down from 33 years in power and 10 months of protests against his rule that have brought the country to the edge of civil war.

Jose Pimentel in a New York court

FBI reveals doubts over US 'terrorist'

As authorities in New York touted their success in foiling an alleged terror plot, new questions were raised about the seriousness of the threat, with reports that the FBI declined to investigate the suspect because it did not consider him an effective terrorist.

Delaney's early work was rooted in her home town.

Shelagh Delaney: Writer best known for her controversial first play 'A Taste of Honey'

Shelagh Delaney's play A Taste of Honey was part of Britain's cultural revolution of the late 1950s, when well-made plays and films gave way to the gritty realism of working-class life. It was the era of kitchen-sink drama and Angry Young Men. Delaney, who has died of cancer just short of her 72nd birthday, was an Angry Young Woman.

Pockriss: Brill Building veteran

Lee Pockriss: Songwriter famed for his novelty hits

Lee Pockriss was one of the secret weapons in the pop business," says the singer and fellow Brill Building composer Paul Evans. "He wrote a lot of hit songs and yet nobody knows his name." While that is true, Pockriss's successes tended to be with novelty songs, notably "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini".

Terror plot suspect arrested in New York

An "al-Qa'ida sympathiser" accused of plotting to bomb police and post offices in New York City as well as US troops returning home has been arrested on numerous terrorism-related charges.

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The 10 Best Eyeshadows

The party season demands dramatic make-up...These shimmering and smoky shades help you make an entrance

Magic Trip, Alex Gibney & Alison Ellwood, 107 mins (15)

Far out and close up – how Ken and his Merry Pranksters failed the acid test

Stephen Foley: Farewell Occupy Wall Street, you've served your purpose

US Outlook: So farewell, then, Occupy Wall Street. Or at least, farewell to the encampment a few doors down from where I am writing, where 200 or so activists had been promising to spend the winter under tarps in protest at Tarp (the Troubled Asset Relief Program, better known as the Wall Street bailout).

Harbour lights: Downtown Boston sits on a peninsula

48 Hours: Boston

Art, cuisine and great Christmas shopping are among the treats on offer in the historic Massachusetts capital, says Cathy Winston

Bloody scuffles broke out in New York as more than 100 protesters were arrested trying to close down Wall Street, despite a lower turn-out than expected.

Violence flares as demonstrations against economic crisis spread around the globe

Confrontation and violence marked street demonstrations against the economic crisis across the globe yesterday, as showdowns between police and protesters flared in Italy, Greece and the US, while London's demonstrators prepared for battle in the courts.

Magic Trip (15)

This nostalgia squib left over from the fireworks party of the 1960s will make you feel either very square or very bored, and possibly both.

Bad hair day: ‘Stop the Virgens’, the new opera by and starring Karen O on stage in New York

Meet Karen O's new band: forty operatic virgins

Karen Orzolek, frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, has made a career out of shocking people. Now she's introducing sex, drugs and rock'n'roll to the opera world, she tells Chris Beanland

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee