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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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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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Bryan Adams' images of wounded soldiers

Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities