David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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University of Virginia: Governor launches investigation into police treatment of black student

Student called police officers racist as they took him to the ground

The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house at Penn State University

Penn State shuts down fraternity over Facebook images of unconscious women, drug deals and hazing rituals

A member of Kappa Delta Rho tipped-off local police about the postings that are 'in direct violation of the standards and values' of the university

2,000 migrating snow geese have died in eastern Idaho likely because of avian cholera. File photo

2,000 snow geese fall out of the sky over Idaho in avian cholera outbreak

Volunteers have spent days picking up dead birds

Dilma Rousseff and her party are embroiled in a continuing investigation into the $800m (£538m) in bribes allegedly paid by companies bidding for Petrobras contracts

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff pledges corruption reforms in wake of mass protests

More than a million Brazilians poured on to streets in cities including Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and the capital, Brasilia, on Sunday

The shootings promised to inflame tensions that erupted after the killing of an unarmed black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, by a police officer last August

Ferguson shooting: Officers shot and wounded during protests 'ambushed,' say police as incident receives widespread condemnation

Both officers have been released from hospital as the hunt for those responsible continues

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird has sold 40 million copies

To Kill a Mockingbird sequel: Authorities investigating whether Harper Lee was bullied into releasing Go Set a Watchman

It remains unknown whether Ms Lee, 88, who is in a nursing home, is in fact alert or something far short of it

Richard Branson's Virgin Group sued by former partner who claims the company 'stole his plans' for cruise line

Colin Veitch claims he could have earned up to $314 million from the deal if it had been honoured and the company had succeeded

Senator Lindsey Graham talks to the media about Congressional letter sent to Iran
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker can expect closer scrutiny of his personal life, in particular his disappearance from university shortly before he was due to graduate

US Presidential campaign 2016: After ending the power of Wisconsin's labour unions, Republican governor Scott Walker's attention now shifts to the White House

His Right to Work law drew criticism from President Obama and outraged workers in the state, but it has helped give Mr Walker a commanding lead over his rivals in the GOP's nomination race

Jeb Bush in Iowa, whose party caucuses are traditionally a bellwether of the election

Jeb Bush tries out conservative credentials in Iowa

Family connections alone won’t win him the nomination

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada
Birthplace of Arab Spring in turmoil as angry Tunisians stage massive sit-in over lack of development

They shall not be moved: jobless protesters bring Tunisia to a halt

A former North African boom town is wasting away while its unemployed citizens stick steadfastly to their sit-in
David Hasselhoff's new show 'Hoff the Record': What's it like working with a superstar?

Hanging with the Hoff

Working with David Hasselhoff on his new TV series was an education for Ella Smith
Can Dubai's Design District 'hipster village' attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?

Hipsters of Arabia

Can Dubai’s ‘creative village’ attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?
The cult of Roger Federer: What is it that inspires such obsessive devotion?

The cult of Roger Federer

What is it that inspires such obsessive devotion?
Kuala Lumpur's street food: Not a 'scene', more a way of life

Malaysian munchies

With new flights, the amazing street food of Kuala Lumpur just got more accessible
10 best festival beauty

Mud guards: 10 best festival beauty

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Unai Emery’s passion for winning and eye for a bargain keep Seville centre stage in Europe

A Different League

Unai Emery’s passion for winning and eye for a bargain keep Seville centre stage in Europe, says Pete Jenson
Amir Khan and James DeGale’s remarkable Olympic performances were just the start of an extraordinary journey - Steve Bunce

Steve Bunce on Boxing

Amir Khan and James DeGale’s remarkable Olympic performances were just the start of an extraordinary journey
Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf