Andrew Buncombe

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

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David Sweat, left, and Richard Matt, both convicted murderers, escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York

Massive manhunt underway in New York as prisoners escape maximum-security jail in Shawshank Redemption-style break-out

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says someone must have heard them escape

Navy SEAL Team Six: Unit that killed Osama bin Laden has become 'global manhunting machine with limited oversight', says report

Concerns have been raised about number of civilians killed by unit

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, 11 May (AP)

Cyber hack of US government workers' personnel data being investigated as a national security matter, says report

White House spokesman says it is still unclear where attack originated

Adam Kizer: Bullied teenager who killed himself donated organs that are helping three people

In interview, father William Kizer reveals his son registered as an organ donor last year

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Ronald Moon: Cincinnati man posts video message showing injuries he claims he suffered trying to establish community center

Activist wants to raise money for adult education and training classes

Texas hospital carries out world’s 'first partial skull and scalp transplant'

Recipient was Jim Boysen, a 55-year-old cancer sufferer

Usaamah Abdullah Rahim: Man shot dead by police discussed 'beheading officers' with knife, claims FBI

Dead man had reportedly been under surveillance from officers anti-terror force

Sepp Blatter holds up the name of Russia during the official announcement of the 2018 World Cup host country on December 2, 2010

FIFA corruption scandal: FBI probe how 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar, says report

Development comes a day after Sepp Blatter said he was standing down as FIFA boss

El Salvador suffers most violent month since Civil War as 650 people killed

Drug gangs and extortionists rock the nation

California redwood: This beautiful, soaring 249 foot tree is a mere 777 years old - half what experts believed

Experts are cataloguing old growth trees across the state

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent