David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Leonardo DiCaprio was in New York to get his message across

UN finds that star power works as celebrities focus attention on world issues

Leonardo DiCaprio's speech for action on global warming was seen by 1,143,167, President Obama's by 15,000

Postcard from... New York

New York last week played host to a parade of prime ministers, presidents and potentates for the annual United Nations jamboree, but for most denizens of this town only one man rules – and his name is Derek Jeter, the most famous name on the roster of players at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Barack Obama has told delegates at the United Nations that the response to the Ebola outbreak is still lacking

Ebola outbreak: We’re not doing enough to stop the spread of the virus, President Obama warns UN General Assembly

Sierra Leone has announced it is placing another one million of its inhabitants under forced quarantine

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaking at the 69th United Nations General Assembly

Iraq and Syria crisis: Iran's President Rouhani accuses West of turning Middle East into 'haven for terrorists'

He added the terrorists followed an ideology of "violence and extremism"

The special meeting was only the sixth time the Council had met at the level of heads of government since the founding of the UN

UN Security Council passes resolution restricting movement of foreign fighters intent on joining Isis

David Cameron tells the meeting 'British people are sickened that a British citizen could be involved in murdering people'

David Cameron addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York

David Cameron warns world leaders of Isis's 'murderous plans to expand its borders' and pledges to take action

Mr Cameron also says Iran may end up being part of the coalition against Isis, in spite of the years of enmity between Tehran and the West

Mr Obama was uncompromising in his condemnation of ISIS in his address

Barack Obama: US will be unrelenting in battle against Isis

President Barack Obama told fellow world leaders at the United Nations today that the United States would be unrelenting in its mission to dismantle the “network of death” that has swept through parts of Syria and Iraq but insisted that it must be a global effort taken up by all countries including those in the region.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon speaks at the UN Climate Summit

Climate Change Summit: World leaders reach fragile consensus on global warming

Just days after thousands marched for action, politicians declared their commitment to tackling the issue urgently. They were joined by one very notable celebrity activist

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff addresses the Climate Summit, at United Nations headquarters

Climate Change summit: Brazil refuses to sign UN's pledge to slow deforestation

Environment Minister claims her government was 'not invited to be engaged in the preparation process'

John D Rockefeller on his 84th birthday in 1923; his wealth came from oil

Rockefellers go green: Rockefeller foundation divests funds in fossil fuel industries

American oil dynasty to pull all investment in fossil fuel industries on eve of global climate change summit, placing it as an unlikely champion of the push towards alternative energy sources

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album