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A man in a Batman costume similar to the one worn by the angered impersonator in New York.

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

Will Trayvon Martin's killer George Zimmerman get his gun back after acquittal? 'He needs it more now,' says lawyer

Neighbourhood watch volunteer expected to remain in hiding while potentially facing civil charges

Prison officers 'treat us like subhumans', claims former CIA officer convicted of leak

John Kiriakou, the former CIA officer jailed for revealing the name of a covert agent in charge of the US government’s Bush-era enhanced interrogation programme, has claimed he is treated as “subhuman” by wardens at the Pennsylvania prison where he is held.

Caleb 'Kai' McGillivray has been charged with murder

'Hatchet hitcher' who went viral is charged with murder

An internet celebrity known as “Kai the hatchet-wielding hitcher” has been charged with murder, after he allegedly bludgeoned a 73-year-old man to death.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing

A funeral director's dilemma: how to find a cemetery that will bury Boston Marathon suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev

A funeral home director was this weekend trying to find a cemetery that would bury a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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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Bob Geldof leans, stony-faced, against a wall as his daughter Peaches’ fiancé Thomas Cohen performs.

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