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Batman has a meltdown in New York's Time Square, needs two Spidermen to calm him down

The video shows a street performer dressed as the caped crusader lose his cool with a passerby

People hold photos of Trayvon Martin at a rally in Manhattan

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Caleb 'Kai' McGillivray has been charged with murder

'Hatchet hitcher' who went viral is charged with murder

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing

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The News Matrix: Friday 26 April 2013

TV show prizewinner guilty of benefit fraud

Other attempted bomb attacks on US soil since 9/11

In the 11 years since the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon, there are have a number of other attempted bomb attacks on US soil or on flights to the country.

Tom Hanks in 'Lucky Guy'

Lucky Guy: Tom Hanks makes his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron play

At long last, Hollywood's great polymath is making his stage debut. Nikhil Kumar reports on the actor's role as a legendary tabloid journalist – and the thousands clamouring for tickets

Postcard from... New York

If there is one thing forever associated with New Year's Eve in New York it's the sight of a shimmering ball dropping down a 130ft pole in Times Square. The ball is reported to be some 12ft in diameter, weighing around 5kg, and is watched by millions around the country – and the world. Touching down at midnight, it signals the beginning of the new year, and has been a staple of the city's celebrations for more than a century.

Australia and Asia gives enthusiastic welcome to 2013

Sydney's skyline erupted with tons of exploding fireworks as revellers cheered in the new year from the city's crammed harbour in the world's first major celebration for 2013.

A man waits for the subway at the Times Square stop in New York

New York subway murder: Man dies after being pushed in front of NYC subway train by 'mumbling' woman - the second such incident in a month

Murder took place at about 8pm last night at the 40th Street station in Queens

Black Friday gets underway early in the US, but even Britain isn't immune to the shopping bargain madness

The traditional shopping frenzy takes place the day after Thanksgiving in the US and marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season

Actress Katie Holmes who is divorcing Tom Cruise after five-years of marriage

Katie Holmes to star in new Broadway play 'Dead Accounts'

Katie Holmes will be returning to the Broadway stage in her first major project since announcing her divorce from Tom Cruise.

Kim Kardashian is guilty of the vocal fry

Pronunciation: Make a speech purist cry – try vocal fry

Will you be frying tonight? Britney, Kim Kardashian and her coven and K$sha (her keyboard clumsiness, not mine) will be. I'm not talking about the oil-based cooking technique. Instead, I refer to the "vocal fry", a non-fattening and newly identified way of speaking that is, apparently, big with young women in the US.

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