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David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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In an interview in Moscow with Brian Williams (left) for NBC News, former US defence contractor Edward Snowden (right) said he had warned the NSA of his concerns but was ignored

Edward Snowden analysis: Inside the mind of the man who 'should man up and come back to the US’

The man who blew the whistle on the National Security Agency is in a battle for the truth with his former employer

A courtroom sketch shows Abu Hamza as he is found guilty

Abu Hamza: Former imam of Finsbury Park mosque convicted in New York of assisting terror groups

After barely two days of deliberation, a New York jury on Monday convicted Abu Hamza, the former imam of Finsbury Park mosque in north London, on all counts of assisting terrorists groups like al-Qa’ida, offering vindication to US government prosecutors and possible solace to victims of terrorist attacks.

Tea Party candidates are trailing badly in the polls

US state primaries: The Tea Party’s over as Georgia Republicans turn moderate

The GOP needs just six more seats to take control of the Senate

Pikeville’s ‘saggy pants’ law goes after youths with their trousers down

'All I know is we don’t want them running around half-naked on our streets,' says Mayor Phil Cagle. 'That’s the bottom line.'

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson announced she will leave the paper yesterday

Jill Abramson dismissed by the New York Times: Did the first woman editor of the newspaper commission her own downfall?

Covering her new British boss’s role in the Savile scandal and questioning why she was not paid as much as her male predecessor may have been to blame for her dismissal this week

A court drawing of Abu Hamza in New York, where prosecutors described his protestations of innocence as ‘absurd’

Abu Hamza trial: Prosecutor shows court imam’s ‘jihad encyclopedia’ as terror trial closes

Prosecutor describes defendant's protestations of innocence as 'absurd'

The vulnerability of the White House has twice been highlighted since Barack Obama became president: first in 2011, when a man fired shots towards the mansion from Constitution Avenue to the south, and then last week when a driver followed a car containing President Obama’s daughters into the White House grounds before agents could stop it

Barack Obama secret service agents ‘were redeployed to protect home of chief’s assistant’ instead

Removal of White House security further tarnishes the reputation of US Secret Service

Storm pummels Hong Kong as the UN weather agency warns there was a good chance of the

The return of El Niño: US scientists say there is 80% chance of extreme disruption to world's weather later this year

Some regions can expect potentially beneficial effects, others much less so

Matt Bevin, a Tea Party conservative, will challenge the Republican Senate Minority Leader in Kentucky – but the prospects are worsening for firebrand right-wing hopefuls

Trouble brewing for the Tea Party: Cuts in the number of televised primary debates are Republicans' latest attempt to gain the upper hand in intra-party civil war

The party leadership wants to loosen the grip of conservative ideologues who have pulled their party to the right. But evidence of a backlash is mounting

Abu Hamza gives testimony in Manhattan federal court in New York

Abu Hamza trial: London was rife with Islamic militancy in 1990s, claims cleric

Former Finsbury Park imam tells how he lost hands and eye helping Pakistani army

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