David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Dolly Parton is playing the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury on Sunday afternoon

Glastonbury 2014: Dolly Parton - the debutante who is so fake she’s real

Proud of her brassy looks and enhanced figure, the 68-year-old country star may seem an odd choice for the festival. Not so, says David Usborne

Postcard from... Hudson Valley

Everyone seems to love a parade, though on the whole I try to avoid them. I am not a huge fan of bagpipes, I know what a fire engine looks like and, if there are local politicians leading the whole affair, then you can probably count me out.

The Rio Grande Valley area in Texas has become the busiest sector for illegal immigration

US confronts humanitarian crisis as thousands cross the Texan border

Obama immigration policy criticised as measures are rushed through in response to influx

One of the five accused, Yusef Salaam is escorted by police in New York in 1990

New York's $40m payout for 'Central Park Five'

Five men wrongly jailed for the brutal rape of a jogger in New York in 1989 were exonerated 12 years ago. Only now, with the arrival of a new mayor, will they receive compensation. David Usborne reports on the righting of a grave injustice

The decision was endorsed by Obama at a meeting of his national security team

Iraq crisis: US to send in Special Forces as Barack Obama signals change of heart

Decision sparks controversy in America and alarm among its allies in the region as insurgency leads to rapprochement with Iran

The C-124A Globemaster which was found on Colony Glacier, Alaska

Crash site of American military plane found in melting glacier more than 60 years on

More than 60 years after an American military transport plane crashed into glacier-clad mountain terrain in the wilds of Alaska, the remains of 17 of the 52 people who perished in the accident have been retrieved from the slowly melting ice and identified for burial, the Pentagon has revealed.

US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels

Obama's attack on press freedom is his most shameful reversal yet

The president has no-one to blame but himself for this broken promise

Postcard from... New York

Friends from upstate were feeling pretty good the other day. After landing early on a flight from Paris, they had sailed through customs and figured they would soon be safely home and ready for bed.

Juan Manuel Santos won nearly 51 per cent of the vote

Colombian elections: Juan Manuel Santos re-elected President on renewed pledge for peace

Months of political uncertainty in Colombia were finally at an end today as results from Sunday’s elections showed sitting President Juan Manuel Santos winning a second term on a pledge to continue peace negotiations with rebel leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).

President Obama: On the verge of ordering military action in Iraq

Iraq crisis: Threat of new jihadist foe forces President Obama's hand in rethink of US involvement

How many ironies can you fit into one foreign policy crisis? Many, if you are Barack Obama confronting the rapidly developing insurgency in Iraq.

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London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
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Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
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Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments