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David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Obama embraces Hagel after announcing his resignation

Response to Isis threat was central to Chuck Hagel exit as US Defence Secretary

The resignation of the Defence Secretary is surely down to the White House requiring a fall guy for its recent struggles in foreign and defence affairs, making the Vietnam veteran’s departure inevitable. US Editor David Usborne reports

Chuck Hagel is stepping down from his post as United States Defence Secretary

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel 'to step down'

Resignation comes after only a brief tenure and leaves office with a number of commitments internationally

Michael Brown's family attorney Anthony Gray (L) speaks during an announcement for Justice Disciple volunteers

Michael Brown shooting: What happened on that August day and how bad could the protests be this time following the Grand Jury decision?

Family of Michael Brown had been making repeated public appeals for calm

Police rush in to break up protesters outside the Ferguson Police Station in Ferguson, Missouri

Michael Brown shooting: Preparations in high gear in Ferguson as grand jury prepares to make decision over the shooting of black teenager

One local school district has already declared that there will be no classes in the first part of next week

A Van Gogh sold at Sotheby’s earlier this month

Sotheby's ditches its long-serving chairman and chief executive

The rarefied world of art auctioneering was gripped by intrigue yesterday after news that Sotheby’s, labouring through a rough patch, is to ditch its long-serving chairman and chief executive.

An undated photo of Ricky Jackson

Ricky Jackson freed: American prisoner to be released after 39 years in behind bars as witness says he made it all up

Eddy Vernon, now 51, confessed that he never saw the attack and that the details of what happened had been fed to him by police

Virgin Atlantic planes

Virgin Atlantic jet's 'close call' with radio-controlled drone

Experts warn that a direct hit by a drone could have catastrophic consequences

President Obama is expected to take administrative steps to protect as many as 5 million people in the US illegally from deportation

President Obama to unveil immigration reforms after losing patience with delays in Congress

Measures will protect around five million undocumented people from deportation, but could also cause a new government shutdown

Thanks to Isis, the Republicans have been able to torpedo an attempt to rein in the NSA

That the Republicans will run both halves of Congress from January means the chances of surveillance reforms being revived are scant, but the debate isn’t over

A deal can not be brokered without Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's approval

Time running out for settlement to disarm Iran's nuclear programme

Deadline looms for talks in Vienna but few details appear settled

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Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

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The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
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Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible