David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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American diplomatic and military posts overseas have been told to prepare themselves for violent protests this week if the US Senate proceeds with its promised release of a long-awaited report into 'enhanced' interrogation techniques used by the CIA on prisoners after the 11 September attacks 13 years ago

CIA 'torture' report: 10 things you need to know about the Senate report on interrogation methods

The US Senate will release its long-awaited waterboarding report today

American diplomatic and military posts overseas have been told to prepare themselves for violent protests this week if the US Senate proceeds with its promised release of a long-awaited report into 'enhanced' interrogation techniques used by the CIA on prisoners after the 11 September attacks 13 years ago

US embassies braced for attacks as report on CIA torture comes out

A new report, which may be made public, comes clean about the techniques used on detainees at secret prisons around the world, such as sleep deprivation, confinement in small spaces and waterboarding

Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson shooting: Police officer Darren Wilson quits force after being cleared of wrong doing by grand jury

Darren Wilson has been on administrative leave since the incident

National Guard soldiers in Ferguson, Missouri

Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson prosecutor and police chief targeted in alleged assassination plot

Two men also expected to face additional charges over alleged plan to blowing up St Louis's Gateway Arch landmark

Darren Wilson, right, appeared on ABC News with George Stephanopoulos

Michael Brown shooting: ‘I have clean conscience because I know I did my job right,’ says Ferguson police officer who fired fatal shots

Victims parents label prime-time TV interview 'disrespectful' and an 'insult after injury'

A protestor stands in front of police vehicles with his hands up

Michael Brown verdict ignites racial tensions that divide America

President Obama appeals for calm as grand jury clears officer of killing in case presented by pro-police prosecutor

Michael Brown shooting: Ten things we know – or know better – now the Ferguson grand jury's work is over

From the time between shots being fired to whether Michael Brown had his hands up, US Editor David Usborne unpicks what happened on the night of 9 August 2014

Protesters push over police barriers during a demonstration in New York's Times Square

Michael Brown shooting: Protests against Ferguson grand jury decision spread across America

Times Square was closed down to vehicle traffic in New York, while in Washington DC an estimated crowd of 300 people marched towards the White House

Ferguson grand jury: Barack Obama appeals for calm as violence flares over decision

Even as violence was starting to flare on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot an unarmed teenager in August, President Barack Obama took to the airwaves to argue that progress towards healing will not be made through violence.

Obama embraces Hagel after announcing his resignation

Chuck Hagel resigns: Isis threat response was central to 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

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