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

New York man shoots 3 month old son

A young father with a long criminal history, including assault charges, fatally shot his 3-month-old son in front of state troopers yesterday morning, then was shot and critically wounded by officers.

World Trade Centre search finds human remains

New York City officials say a renewed search this year of debris in and around the World Trade Centre site has recovered 72 human remains.

'Muslim soldier' admits Times Square bomb plot

A terrorist linked to al-Qa'ida faces life in prison after admitting trying to use a "weapon of mass destruction" to kill indiscriminately in Times Square.

Volkswagen updates Jetta saloon

Volkswagen has announced a new version of its Golf-based Jetta saloon; this move has been expected since the Golf itself was heavily revamped just over a year ago. The crisp styling of the latest Jetta was foreshadowed by that of the company's New Compact Coupé design study, which was displayed at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year.

Is this a PM we see before us?

Mrs Thatcher is back – on stage at least – and she's not the only politician being reborn in the theatre. But, asks Michael Coveney, how wide is the gap between theatre and reality?

Salman Ahmad: Rock against extremism

The 'Muslim Bono', is in the UK with a striking message: make music, not war

Six held in Pakistan over failed Times Square bombing

A Pakistani who was detained in connection with the failed car bombing in New York's Times Square had no ties with the main suspect but may have met him, the arrested man's father said today.

Album: New York Polyphony, Tudor City (Avie)

This American vocal quartet specialises in renaissance polyphony, here proving equally adept at classic English and Latin devotional pieces by such as Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, and newer works in the style, written for the quartet by Andrew Smith.

Three arrested in Times Square bomb probe

Three Pakistani men said to have supplied funds to Times Square car bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad were arrested in a series of raids as the FBI followed the money trail of the failed attack.

US police raid homes over bomb plot

Federal agents carried out raids in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Maine yesterday in connection with the failed Times Square car bomb and arrested three men thought to have provided money to suspect Faisal Shahzad.

CIA drones kill 14 in strike linked to Times Square plot

Up to 18 missiles pounded a suspected Taliban stronghold in northern Pakistan yesterday in the latest US strike on militants since the attempted bombing in Times Square, New York.

Chaos as Johnson shows CCTV to New York mayor

Boris Johnson showed New York's Mayor how he keeps London's streets safe today - but found himself caught up in a security tangle.

Revenger's tragedy: The forgotten conflict in Pakistan

The arrest of Faisal Shahzad for planting the Times Square car bomb has forced America to confront the bloody conflict in Pakistan that inspired his actions. The West has ignored this war for too long, writes Patrick Cockburn

Pakistan Taliban were 'behind NY bomb plot'

Senior White House officials said today that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the failed Times Square car bombing.

Five killed in suspected US missile strike

Pakistan intelligence officials said suspected US missiles killed five people in the country's northwest in an area where militants operate.

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