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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.

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.

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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".

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

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For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album