Travel Ice queen: Skelton went to Antarctica for Sport Relief

'After two months in Antarctica, a hairdryer felt like a luxury'

Kennedy is charged after tussle with nurses

The son of the murdered US Senator Bobby Kennedy is facing criminal charges after a confrontation with two nurses as he tried to take his newborn baby for fresh air, his lawyer said yesterday.

Hope: A Tragedy, By Shalom Auslander

The sad woman in the attic

Ben Gordon has confirmed his intention to play for Great Britain at the Olympics

Basketball: Gordon commits to Great Britain

Detroit Pistons shooting guard Ben Gordon has confirmed his intention to play for Great Britain at the Olympics.

Gazzara with the dancers Sandy Garrett, left, and Victoria Scruton during filming for 'Run For Your Life' in 1965

Ben Gazzara: Intense and powerful actor best known for his work with John Cassavetes

Ben Gazzara managed a career that embraced critically acclaimed independent and art-house films, popular movies, television and stage. He may be best known for three searing performances in John Cassavetes films but also worked with directors such as Otto Preminger, Spike Lee, the Coens and Lars von Trier. He claimed that youthful idealism made him turn down a lot of roles but in later years he refused few jobs, simply to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. In such a prolific career his ability to make the smallest gesture register means he is often better than the films he is in.

Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud who it is claimed was killed in a drone strike in Waziristan

Taliban denies Pakistani leader has been killed

Intercepted radio communications suggest militant chief died on 12 January

London sees in the new year in dramatic style

Happy 2012! New Year sparks global celebration

The end-of-year party rulebook demands fireworks – whatever the woes of the world – and as midnight ticked by in one timezone after another, 2012 was ushered in with a familiar bang and fizz.

Light fantastic: Manhattan's Park Avenue

Last Weekend: New York's swagger can't be beaten

It sounds an extravagant solution to the pre-Christmas blues, but if you want to escape the relentless gloom on this side of the Atlantic try a weekend in New York.

New Jersey Grand Prix will make splash in 2013

A Formula One race will be held in 2013 along the Hudson River just minutes from New York City, a New Jersey official said yesterday.

Stephen Foley: Income inequality is the unifying theme for all these global protest movements

The link between income disparities and financial crises is more than just a coincidence

Demonstrators vow to camp outside St Paul's 'indefinitely' as Wall St's day of rage spreads

Activists occupying the area outside St Paul's Cathedral as part of a global protest against corporate greed last night vowed to remain there indefinitely as similar marches took place in scores of cities around the world.

Invasion of Times Square leads to 92 arrests

Police in New York said that 92 people had been arrested by early yesterday after Saturday’s chaotic invasion of Times Square by anti-Wall Street protestors that brought puzzled if not terrified tourists face to face with the movement that started in Manhattan and has now spread to cities around the globe.

Michael Bloomberg: New York's leading man

In a decade as Mayor, his calm confidence steadied a city recovering from 9/11. Does the US itself now need such a leader?

Police ID line-up weighted unfairly

A man from New York has had his conviction for robbery overturned because the line-up in which he was identified did not include any other 400lb men.

'Cocaine' found on Florida pastor dead in hotel room

Police now believe that drugs could have played a part in the death of Zachery Tims, a Florida megachurch pastor, who was found dead in a New York hotel last Friday.

Statue of Liberty to close for a year

The Statue of Liberty will close at the end of October for a year as it undergoes a $27.25m (£17m) renovation that will make its interior safer and more accessible.

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