Andrew Buncombe

The Independent's US Digital Editor, based in New York. Previously in Delhi and Washington DC.

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Clayton Lockett is pictured in a photo dated June 29, 2011. Oklahoma State Rep. Mike Christian said Tuesday, June 9, 2014, he's formally requesting a legislative hearing on the state's death penalty procedures following the April 29 death of Clayton Lockett, whose vein collapsed prompting prison officials to halt his punishment and note the execution drugs weren't administered properly.

Supreme Court death penalty: Writhing prisoner took 43 minutes to die but judges say use of midazolam is constitutional

Lawyers for three men on death row had challenged use of the drug

Barack Obama leads emotional rendition of Amazing Grace at funeral of slain pastor Clementa Pinckney

The president spoke about race and gun control during an impassioned address

People celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on June 26, 2015 after its historic decision on gay marriage.

Gay marriage: Seven key things to know about Supreme Court ruling

Decision has opened way for same-sex marriage in all 50 US states

Same-sex marriage: Barack Obama welcomes Supreme Court ruling and says it is 'victory for America'

Decision by court cements very successful week for US leader

People fill the street in front of the historic Emanuel African American Methodist Church during the Sunday morning service, four days after nine of its members were shot to death in the building in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston shooting: Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church holds first service since killing of nine of its members

Community sends message it will come together in the aftermath of gunman's deadly attack

Dylann Storm Roof: 'Manifesto' appears on website showing new pictures of Charleston gunman

Document was found on website registered in suspect's name earlier this year

Dylann Storm Roof burning an American flag
Dylann Roof appears via video before a judge, in Charleston, S.C., Friday, June 19, 2015.

Charleston shooting: Forgiveness combines with anger as people call for action on gun control and hate crimes

In the aftermath of deadly shooting questions are being asked of America's leaders

Dylann Storm Roof: Neighbours of Charleston shooting suspect stay behind closed doors as search goes on for answers in Columbia

Friends say 21-year-old had extremist views about race relations, but where did he get them?

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How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

This was the year of 24-carat Golden Oldies
Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
A year of the caliphate:

Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

They’re here to help

We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
What exactly does 'one' mean? Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue

What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue