David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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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

Abu Hamza during his trial in New York

Abu Hamza trial: Imam ‘secretly worked with MI5 to keep streets of London safe’

Preacher's lawyers signal intention to use Scotland Yard documents as part of defence case

Rape, solitary confinement, and death: American prisons need reform

Barack Obama finally seems to be paying attention to the crisis that is afflicting American's incarcerated, but that has more to do with economics than heart

Texas Governor Rick Perry

US election 2016: Not-so-slick Rick Perry wants another tilt at the White House

Floored by a terrible TV gaffe last time around, the Texas Governor hopes his state’s success can win over America

The German and US leaders promised sector-wide sanctions if Russia does not reverse course
Cunard liner RMS Lusitania, after secret Whitehall misgivings about the official account of one of the most controversial and tragic episodes of the First World War were revealed in newly-released government documents. Almost 70 years after the Cunard liner RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland, some officials expressed concern that the truth was still being covered up

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The sinking of the ‘Lusitania’ - the torpedo that changed the course of war

Germany said the British liner was a legitimate target. But the U-boat attack that killed 1,198 civilians caused such outrage that it sounded the death knell for US neutrality

Day In a Page

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?