David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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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

Former Secret Service chief Julia Pierson

US Secret Service stretched 'beyond its limits,' says review panel

Review ordered after incident in September when an Iraq veteran jumped the perimeter fence of the White House and gained access to the presidential mansion

A campaigner holds a poster of the Cuban Five, the last of whom were released as part of US-Cuba talks

Cuba-US relations: Cold War thaw warms up US presidential debate, starting with Florida

Because the state, where most Cuban-Americans live, offers so many Electoral College votes, winning it is essential for presidential candidates

A poster for ‘The Interview’ is destined for a bin after being pulled from a display at a Carmike Cinema in Atlanta, Georgia

Sony hack: US Government will handle cyber-warfare with care

Pressure is growing on the Obama administration to take action

Cuban president Raul Castro addresses his people

Cuba: Obama ends half a century of hostility and restores ties with Havana

Extraordinary rapprochement drew fiery rebukes from Republicans in Florida

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

Barack Obama is on track to take more executive actions than any president in the last 70 years — so is he brave or power-mad?

With two years still ahead of him, the President has issued 195 executive orders so far

The former Governor of Florida, 61, is a standard-bearer for moderate Republicans

The dynasty returns? Jeb Bush raises possibility of 2016 presidential bid

Wording of statements on both Facebook and Twitter leaves Mr Bush a window to back out of

If he does run, Jeb Bush’s views on immigration and education will be closely scrutinised by the Republican right

Jeb Bush adds to speculation about 2016 US presidential bid

Former Florida Governor says he’ll announce his political intentions within a month

Postcard from... New York

I have had to queue crammed like a heifer in Best Buy for a gift the nature of which I can’t divulge here. (The recipient may read this.) And I have again agonised over whether this is the year I really can stop sending out cards. (It is.) But these are small Christmas stresses. I’m lucky, I’m a guy.

Letter from the Defence Correspondent: If nowhere in Iraq is totally safe, then how can British troops be?

Once again we are seeing British troops sent to Iraq. The defence secretary Michael Fallon has announced that an additional deployment of 200 troops will be sent to Iraq next month to train local forces battling Isis militants. Yet even as the US-led mission against Isis got under way, the constant reminder from commanders and analysts was that an air campaign alone would not defeat the militants; troops would be needed to confront a formidable insurgency.

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Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable