Members of the New York City Fire Department beside  a fallen crane on 40 Worth Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York,  February 5th,  2016. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

One person has been killed and two others are seriously injured after a large mobile crane collapsed in New York City, smashing into the roofs of park(...)

Alan and Gerry Keery run the Cereal Killer Cafe in Shoreditch. Anti-gentrification protesters told them to get out.

Last September, in the Shoreditch district of London’s East End, an angry, masked crowd numbering hundreds of people, some of whom brandished pigs’ he(...)

The opening of a new consulate in Hong Kong in 2015 saw “rental allowance” costs soar there from €29,080 to €295,062. Photograph: Billy HC Kwok/Bloomberg

Spiralling rents in New York City have forced the Department of Foreign Affairs to increase by more than one-third the rent allowance it pays to its (...)

 Pedestrians walk on Amsterdam Avenue on Sunday in New York city. Most of New York’s streets were cleaned up overnight after a huge snow storm hit the mid-Atlantic states. Photograph: Getty

New York city has slowly emerged from a massive blizzard that paralysed much of the US east coast, while snowy gridlock gripped the nation’s capital (...)

Pedestrians walk through the snowy streets in New York. Photograph:   Yana Paskova/Getty Images

New York lifted a travel ban and mass transit started getting back to normal on Sunday after a record-setting blizzard in the US Northeast, but Washin(...)

Francine Lacqua, editor at large and anchor for Bloomberg Television, left, speaks with George Soros, billionaire and founder of Soros Fund Management LLC, during an interview at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland . Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Billionaire investor George Soros said China’s economy is headed for a hard landing, a slump that will worsen global deflationary pressures, drag down(...)

The cast of Friends will reunite for a two-hour special, according to US broadcaster NBC. The special is scheduled to be broadcast on February 21st next.

The cast of Friends will reunite for a two-hour special, US broadcaster NBC has said. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Mat(...)

 President Michael D Higgins  presents former US senator George Mitchell (left) with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad  at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin,  in late 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former US senator and Northern Ireland peace negotiator George Mitchell has agreed to lead New York City’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, the world’s bigges(...)

In a word ... shopping

Dear reader, I hate shopping. Loathe, detest it. I can end up like Yeats’s old man in Sailing to Byzantium – “a paltry thing, A tattered coat upon a s(...)

People stand in line for police checks at the entrance to the Red Square, Moscow. The Red Square will be closed to visitors on New Year’s Eve. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Authorities in Brussels have called off the city’s traditional New Year’s Eve fireworks display, citing fears of a militant attack, while a light show(...)