David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Obama must speak out – Americans are worried no one is listening to them

In these tricky days especially, he surely needs to drop the cool act

The Desert Island Golf and Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, could soon acquire some famous new members

From the White House to...? President Obama considers change of address as eight-year term nears its end

Rumours say Barack and Michelle are set to purchase $12.5m property in an area of California known as the 'playground of the presidents'

Bodies are removed from the site

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Russia votes for independent investigation into downing of jet in UN Security Council

Moscow faces repeated and sometimes harsh criticism for its perceived failure to force separatists to allow access to the site

Tears run down the cheeks of Shaneetha Goodloe during a memorial service for her daughter, Shamiya Adams

Chicago under fire: 40 shot in one weekend as gun violence surges

An 11-year-old girl shot by stray bullet while making chocolate and marshmallow snacks during a sleepover

James Garner reprising the role of Bret Maverick for a television sequel series in 1982

James Garner death: Easy-going star of ‘Rockford Files’ was 86

He was known for playing sardonic but likeable characters on both television and the big screen

A relative mourns during a funeral

Israel-Gaza conflict: US criticises Israelis over high numbers of civilian casualties

As the ground offensive gathers momentum, American patience may quickly fray further

A woman reacts to news regarding a Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: The world waits for answers – and dreads the international consequences

The diplomatic fall-out from the disaster is potentially enormous

Revealed: Hillary Clinton's diva-like conditions and fussy demands suggest she doesn’t see herself as one of the people

Former first lady makes fussy stipulations for a talk at the University of Buffalo

The headstone of jazz great Miles Davis at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York

Fans book burial plots in the Bronx to be near jazz greats

The guardians of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx are reaching out to those who can think of nothing better than making their final resting place one shared by the likes of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Celia Cruz.

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
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Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
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John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
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Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
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Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

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Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

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Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
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How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

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