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Mark Thompson may not be right person to run New York Times, says senior editor

A senior New York Times editor has voiced concerns about Mark Thompson, the paper's incoming chief executive and former BBC boss, who was in charge when Newsnight shelved a report into sexual abuse claims against Jimmy Savile.

Reports of nuclear talks between Iran and the US hint at post-election breakthrough

Shimmering on the horizon of the otherwise dark landscape of Iran's stand-off with the West over its uranium enrichment programme were reports yesterday that Tehran and Washington had secretly agreed to hold direct negotiations after the US elections.

Poverty trap: A child in Camden, New Jersey, the most impoverished US city

Poverty: The election issue that dare not speak its name

Out of America: Neither Obama nor Romney has much to say on the 46 million who live below the breadline

Reaction: Obama vs Romney presidential debate, round two

He needed to show Presidential bicep after a weak showing in the first debate - and pundits agree that Obama did come out fighting last night. But did he do enough to clinch it?

In his book, Greg Smith describes a 'demeaning' and 'brutal' environment for interns at Goldman Sachs

Escape from the Vampire Squid

From intern to executive, an ex-employee lifts the lid on life at Goldman Sachs. By Nikhil Kumar in New York

Being Modern: Street style

Been getting compliments on your new shirt? Did you once buy an item of clothing because it looked like something Kate Moss might wear? Are you friends with Nick Grimshaw?

Wyclef Jean said he ‘wanted to see things made right'

Wyclef Jean faces criminal probe over Haiti charity

Rapper will have to explain how fund backed by celebrities managed to burn through $16m in two years

Dying in style

The "right to die" remains a source of controversy in this country, especially since the death of campaigner Tony Nicklinson in August.

The families who passed on their Holocaust tattoo

Nearly 70 years ago, Yosef Diamant had the number 157622 permanently inked on his arm by the Nazis at Auschwitz.

In a tribute to his suffering, his grandsdaughter Eli Sagir got the same tattoo on her arm - shortly followed by her mother and brother.

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The killing of Osama Bin Laden at his compound was watched by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the Situation Room at the White House

Pentagon kept out of the loop on book about killing of Osama bin Laden

The worlds of publishing, politics and national security are set to collide with unpredictable consequences next month with the release of a book that promises to offer a first-hand account of the killing of Osama bin Laden penned by a leader of the Navy Seals team that carried it out.

Niall Ferguson, right, with his wife, the feminist writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Hit the Road Barack: Will Niall Ferguson's damning Newsweek article on Obama have any real affect on the 2012 US presidential campaign?

The rumpus over Niall Ferguson’s Newsweek cover story proclaiming it was time for Obama to go proves an ancient truth. If there’s one thing worse than being talked about, it’s not being talked about.

Mark Thompson, who pushed through £1bn cuts at the BBC in five years, faces a tough task at the NYT

Former BBC chief will have to cut costs as new boss of the 'Gray Lady'

It is just as well that Mark Thompson's biting days are behind him. American newspapers take a dimmer view of newsroom "high jinks" than the BBC did when its future director-general bit into a junior reporter's arm when he was running the Nine O'Clock News in the late Eighties. One can only imagine the disciplinary uproar that "man bites man" might cause at the stately New York Times, the beacon of liberal newsgathering in the US, which Mr Thompson is going to run.

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New York Times hires BBC's Mark Thompson

Outgoing BBC director general Mark Thompson is to become president and chief executive of the New York Times Company, the US firm said.

Mark Ravenhill rehearses with the RSC

Strange bedfellows

New York experimentalists The Wooster Group have teamed up with the RSC for a twist on Troilus and Cressida. Matt Trueman pays a visit

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence