David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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The Cuban flag is raised over its new embassy in Washington DC on Monday

US must hand Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba, says foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez after reopening embassy in Washington DC

Much still stands in the way of a fully fledged friendship between the two countries, not least the US embargo on the island

Bernie Sanders greeting residents during a Fourth of July parade in Iowa. His slogan: the United States and its government are not for sale

US Presidential campaign 2016: Bernie Sanders - the socialist Senator going after billionaires and mega-banks - and garnering widespread support

Mr Sanders is saying things that other Democrat candidates for the White House don't dare – and, what's more, he's catching rival Hillary Clinton fast

Pope Francis touched down in Ecuador to begin the tour

Pope Francis will meet poor on return to Latin America

He is also set to acknowledge the sacrifices of his own Jesuit order in countries which, like his own, suffered years of military dictatorship

The reigning Miss Universe, Paulina Vega of Columbia (centre) called Mr Trump’s comments ‘unjust and hurtful’

Donald Trump's 'hurtful and unjust' comments on Mexican migrants slammed by Miss Universe

Miss Universe is a joint venture between Mr Trump and NBC Universal

The Pentagon has suggested that, since the campaign started, some 10,000 Isis fighters in Iraq and Syria have been killed

War with Isis: If US wants to destroy the group, it will need to train Syrians and Iraqis

For as long as President Obama continues to resist sending US ground forces to battle Isis, his policy is in reality one merely of containment

Chris Christie waves to supporters at the announcement of his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, in Livingston, New Jersey

US Presidential campaign 2016: Republican Governor Chris Christie joins race

Christie is gambling that he can reverse a recent narrative of collapsing political fortunes and forge his way to the front of the pack

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologises to victims and survivors of Boston Marathon bombing before getting death sentence

Tsarnaev spoke publicly for the first time since he was arrested for the Boston Marathon bombing

Freddie Gray: Baltimore prosecutor angry after autopsy report is leaked to newspaper

His death while in police custody prompted widespread and violent street protests

Governor Bobby Jindal, a former Hindu, has converted to Catholicism – but he may still struggle to attract votes form the Christian right wing of the Republican Party

Bobby Jindal: Republican governor of Louisiana poised to join race for the White House

Mr Jindal will pitch himself as the candidate of ambitious ideas, including his alternative healthcare proposals designed to replace Obamacare

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