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

Taste maker: New Yorker Garrett Oliver, who is a world expert on beer, a craft brewer and now editor of a definitive beer guide

Good brews bible: The Oxford Companion to Beer encourages people to take ales more seriously

Contrary to stereotypes, its editor is black, clean-cut – and American.

St Paul's camp stays despite legal threat

The 24-hour eviction notice brought against protesters camping outside St Paul's Cathedral passed yesterday evening without a single activist leaving, as lawyers acting for the demonstrators announced they were taking the case to the High Court.

An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is arrested by New York City Police

Police arrest protesters on Occupy Wall Street march

Hundreds of Occupy demonstrators marched through New York's financial district today in an attempt to block traders from reaching the New York Stock Exchange, promising a national day of action with mass gatherings in other cities.

St Paul's protesters stay put

Not one person has left the protest camp outside St Paul's Cathedral since a legal eviction notice was served giving them 24 hours to quit, activists said.

A demonstrator yells at police officers as they order Occupy Wall Street protesters to leave Zuccotti Park

Activists evicted from New York Occupy camp

A ring of police in riot gear stood guard around the perimeter of a dazzlingly clean and eerily empty Zuccotti Park in Manhattan last night, where 24 hours earlier there had been the beating heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement whose ideas had spread to dozens of cities around the world.

Laurie Penny: I was almost arrested too – but Bloomberg's tactics can only galvanise protests

The only thing left behind from the camp was a large American flag. The NYPD have their superstitions
A protester is dragged away

First they take back Manhattan. Is St Paul's protest next?

Police arrest 200 to clear Occupy Wall Street camp as eviction battle returns in London

The Occupy protesters still in situ at St Paul's yesterday

St Paul's demo faces new legal move

The City of London Corporation has relaunched legal action against the anti-capitalist protesters camped outside St Paul's Cathedral.

A woman yells at New York Police Department officers as New York City officials clear the 'Occupy Wall Street' protest from Zuccotti Park

Police clear Occupy Wall Street protest

Hundreds of people were on the streets of Lower Manhattan after police moved in to demolish the two-month-old Occupy Wall Street protest camp, the heart of the “Occupy” movement that spread to dozens of cities around the world.

Being Modern: Charity records

Sir Bob Geldof, to many the father of the modern fund-raising record, once said that the first law of any such project was "to create good art". But if the cause is worthy enough, do we really care about the strength of the "art" before deciding whether to part with our hard-earnt cash?

1. Electra vase: Jonathan Adler, £150. A delectable Grecian offering from the renowned New York designer, who has just opened his first London store. 0800 014 8166, is perfect for makers and flea-market fans

The Insider: Keeping your bookmarks up to date

If you like to scour interiors magazines for ideas – or just for house porn – it's worth updating your online library, too, as the design blogs keep getting better. Maybe you already know names such Decor8, Design*Sponge, Retro to Go or BrightBazaar (if not, do). But here are some more I recommend bookmarking...

Two of the top three Airmiles destinations - Amsterdam and Paris - will become harder to reach under the new scheme

Inside travel: The end of Airmiles

Airmiles are about to become Avios. Simon Calder explains the transition

Making his theatre debut: Fyfe Dangerfield has composed the music for Howl's Moving Castle,which opens at Southwark Playhouse on 28 November
Joe Paterno with his wife Sue

Wall Street bites back after TV chef compares bankers to Hitler

Bankers have got used to being called names over the past few years, but when the celebrity chef Mario Batali likened their impact on the world to that of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin, Wall Street took not just umbrage but action.

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home