David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Michael Brown's family attorney Anthony Gray (L) speaks during an announcement for Justice Disciple volunteers

Michael Brown shooting: What happened on that August day and how bad could the protests be this time following the Grand Jury decision?

Family of Michael Brown had been making repeated public appeals for calm

Police rush in to break up protesters outside the Ferguson Police Station in Ferguson, Missouri

Michael Brown shooting: Preparations in high gear in Ferguson as grand jury prepares to make decision over the shooting of black teenager

One local school district has already declared that there will be no classes in the first part of next week

A Van Gogh sold at Sotheby’s earlier this month

Sotheby's ditches its long-serving chairman and chief executive

The rarefied world of art auctioneering was gripped by intrigue yesterday after news that Sotheby’s, labouring through a rough patch, is to ditch its long-serving chairman and chief executive.

An undated photo of Ricky Jackson

Ricky Jackson freed: American prisoner to be released after 39 years in behind bars as witness says he made it all up

Eddy Vernon, now 51, confessed that he never saw the attack and that the details of what happened had been fed to him by police

Virgin Atlantic planes

Virgin Atlantic jet's 'close call' with radio-controlled drone

Experts warn that a direct hit by a drone could have catastrophic consequences

President Obama is expected to take administrative steps to protect as many as 5 million people in the US illegally from deportation

President Obama to unveil immigration reforms after losing patience with delays in Congress

Measures will protect around five million undocumented people from deportation, but could also cause a new government shutdown

The leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq.

Thanks to Isis, the Republicans have been able to torpedo an attempt to rein in the NSA

That the Republicans will run both halves of Congress from January means the chances of surveillance reforms being revived are scant, but the debate isn’t over

A deal can not be brokered without Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's approval

Time running out for settlement to disarm Iran's nuclear programme

Deadline looms for talks in Vienna but few details appear settled

An Isis propaganda video purporting to show fighters near the Iraqi city of Tikrit

Peter Kassig beheading: A new Isis video, but a different ending. What could it mean?

American hostage Peter Kassig and 14 Syrian soldiers are shown meeting the same fate as other captives. But intelligence agencies will be poring over the apparently significant discrepancies between this and previous films

David Miliband (right) with (from left) Trudie Styler, his wife Louise Shackelton, and Sting at a benefit hosted by International Rescue Committee earlier this month

David Miliband: An Englishman in New York, far from the maelstrom of British politics

His brother got the job he wanted – but David is having the last laugh

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project