Andrew Buncombe

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

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President Obama and Girl Scouts in the White House grounds

Girl Scouts turn down $100,000 gift after donor insists money cannot be used to help transgender girls

Group has launched fund-raising effort to make up for loss of cash

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

FBI investigating as six black churches burn down in seven days as activists blame Dylann Roof arrest backlash

Activists believe incidents may be a backlash against arrest of Dylann Roof and moves against Confederate flag

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
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Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

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Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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