David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Narconon's rehab program involves listening to the teachings of the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard

Drug rehab centre next door to Camp David in jeopardy over owners' links to Scientology

Trout Run stood in for the real presidential retreat in 'The West Wing'

Being gay ceased to be a crime in Cuba in 1979, though changing attitudes to the LGBT community remains a work in progress still today

Cuba's rainbow revolution: Surprisingly, the country is embracing LGBT lifestyles - and at a faster rate than some of its neighbours

Fidel Castro's niece is proving a force for progress, although some people are nostalgic for the old, secretive days

US president Barack Obama needs to keep enough Democrats on side to ensure that the fast-track bill is passed

Barack Obama set for special powers to secure trade deals

Senior Republicans and Democrats in Congress have agreed the outlines of a bill to give President Barack Obama special powers to conclude sweeping free trade deals with two giant blocks of nations in Europe and in the Latin American-Pacific region.

The Clinton Foundation to accept donations from just six countries amid concerns over foreign money

It is illegal in the US for overseas governments, individuals or companies to donate funds to presidential candidates

School girls wave the Iranian flag at a rally marking 30 years since the Islamic revolution, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he would welcome talks with Barack Obama

How horse-trading on Capitol Hill threatens President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran

We now have a situation where a Republican Congress will be able to stick its oar in at the very moment almost a decade of negotiations finally bears fruit

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuba's President Raul Castro, at last weekend's Summit of the Americas, in Panama City

US-Cuba relations: President Obama removes Caribbean nation from 'terror sponsor' list

The next step is likely to be an agreement to restore full diplomatic ties and re-open respective embassies in Havana and in Washington

Hillary Clinton talks to students at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa

Hillary Clinton opts for low-key 'conversation' at Iowa college to launch presidential campaign

Move part of a meticulously crafted strategy to try and dispose of the celebrity aura that clings to the former First Lady and Secretary of State

Barack Obama shakes hands with Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday

War with Isis: Give us military aid to 'finish' militants, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi tells President Obama on visit to White House

Mr Abadi laid out his case for a further boost in US airstrikes, weapons delivery and training to help roll back the forces of the self-proclaimed 'Islamic State'

Blackwater security guards given heavy prison sentences

Sentences stem from 2007 massacre in Iraq

A picture of one family Hillary Clinton, second from left, met on her road trip, which she tweeted

Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential bid: Clinton embarks road trip in 'Scooby' to woo Midwest voters - with no one to challenge her

She will not deliver a major speech until the end of May, but limit herself until then to small-scale encounters with voters

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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?