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Stephen Foley: This spicy feud between HuffPo and The New York Times will keep on running

US Outlook: Who knew that Bill Keller, editor of the prim and proper New York Times, could zing?

Did FBI compromise lives of American hostages?

An FBI negotiator's unwillingness to continue talking to two Somali pirate leaders about the release of four Americans being held aboard a yacht may have led to a shootout that killed the hostages, it was reported yesterday.

Beer heir shunned after girlfriend's strange death

The scion of the family that for generations ran America's most famous brewery, Anheuser-Busch, seems to have ducked the threat of criminal prosecution following the death just before Christmas of his former-model girlfriend from a drug overdose in his own bed. But the disdain of his home town may now stick to him forever.

Who is trying to sabotage Mervyn King?

We need to know who is is behind the campaign against the governor, writes Richard Northedge

US left hanging as Russia refuses to share artworks

'Political' decision means upcoming shows may lack paintings by masters including Cézanne

Assange's collaborators get their knives out

The editors of 'The New York Times' and 'The Guardian' deliver their verdicts on life with the founder of WikiLeaks

John Gross: Gregarious, astonishingly well-read literary critic, editor and author

Many child prodigies burn out. Some grow into narrowly smart adults. John Gross remained a wide-ranging prodigy to the last. Rosy-cheeked, twinkly-eyed, schoolboy-faced, the writer and editor with most claim to be Britain's foremost man of letters was, despite years of ill-health, still enriching and astonishing friends with his conversational prowess, springing on them obscure but absolutely relevant references and quotations which (he proffered gently) "you might find useful or – possibly – be amused by." In his twenties his talkativeness was observed by Michael Frayn and his then wife, Gill, who, driving to Venice, were asked by Gross for a lift to Dover. (Gross said he was going to Boulogne for a few days, "to bring his address book up to date.") But Gross was still in their car at Ostend, and also at Strasbourg, where he got out, still talking.

Donors set to be laughing all the way to sperm bank

Hundreds of pounds could be offered to people willing to donate sperm or eggs to infertile couples, under proposals launched today.

Meet the new Gallaghers

As the American version of 'Shameless' premieres, Sarah Hughes asks if US audiences will be able to warm to the rowdy clan and alcoholic, work-shy dad

Male model held over partner's death

A male model who had recently been a contestant on a Portuguese reality television show was taken into police custody hours after his companion – a celebrity Portuguese television journalist – was found castrated and bludgeoned to death in a New York City hotel.

Amazon allows customers to lend e-books to just one friend

Amazon is is enabling readers of electronic books to lend digital copies of their favourite titles to their friends, in an effort to bring one of the key social aspects of reading to its Kindle device.

'Homewreckers' face New York's fury at a very public wedding

It is the world's window on the love lives of Manhattan's social elite, the directory of high-society marriages that seals any Upper East Sider's status as a true member of the establishment. But now the serene grandeur of The New York Times's weekly "Vows" wedding section has been rudely disrupted by a celebration of a relationship that tore two families apart.

US military pushes Obama to allow more Pakistan raids

In a move that would stir intense Pakistani anger, US military chiefs in Afghanistan are pushing the Obama administration to expand cross-border commando raids against Taliban and al-Qa'ida militants hiding in Pakistan's remote tribal areas.

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