David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Angel Figueredo and Haydee Gallardo were among the released prisoners

Cuban prisoner release overshadowed by a rumour of Fidel Castro's death

38 political dissidents were freed this week, but the news was eclipsed by yet another flurry of whispers about the ailing former President
Businessman Krishna Maharaj has served 28 years in a Florida prison but has always maintained his innocence

The man who has served 28-years in a US jail for a double murder lawyers insist he didn't commit

British businessman Krishna Maharaj today remains in a US jail after a Miami judge refused to quash his conviction – or grant a retrial – for a 1986 double murder that his lawyers insist he did not commit

Krishna Maharaj: British businessman loses bid for freedom from US jail

Court decides there is insufficient evidence to overturn double murder conviction

Jeb Bush is ‘used to living in the sunshine. Most other candidates are not’

Jeb Bush positions himself as the 'anti-Mitt Romney' with risky plan to release tax returns

The 2016 Republican front-runner's stance is a stark contrast to Mr Romney's reluctance to make his financial affairs public in 2012

President Obama speaks to the media at the White House

Charlie Hebo attack: President Obama speaks out to condemn 'outrageous attack' on America's 'oldest ally'

Secretary of State, John Kerry, said that the thoughts of every American was with France

Courtney Palmer, centre, a cousin of Antonio Martin, mourns the loss at a growing memorial in a gas station parking lot in Berkeley

Antonio Martin shooting: Protesters back on the streets of St Louis after second police shooting

St Louis was on edge again today after a shooting late on Tuesday of a black man at a petrol station in the suburb of Berkeley by a white police officer. The incident sparked new rounds of protests that began almost immediately and lasted into the early hours of Christmas Day.

Protesters demonstrate against the building of a new canal in Nicaragua, in Rivas on Monday

Nicaragua faces questions over new canal after protest deaths, links to China and fears over environmental impact

Government faces questions over funding, China links and impact on environment

Janet Baker at Harris County Criminal Justice Center, in Houston. A grand jury declined to indict Houston police officer Juventino Castro in the fatal shooting of her son, Jordan Baker

Texas grand jury chooses not to indict police officer in shooting of an unarmed black man

Decision potentially gives new grist to the movement that has spawned protests nationwide

Irving Azoff claims that his artists are being ‘massively underpaid’

The mogul who wants YouTube to face the music - to the tune of $1bn

Threats of legal action have been spelt out to the Google-owned company by lawyers for Irving Azoff

A police officer places flowers at a memorial for the two officers killed in Brooklyn, New York

New York police shooting: Mayor Bill de Blasio rushes to repair rift after officers turn their backs on him

Relations with public are at 40-year low following black men’s deaths

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
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Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
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Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower