David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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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.

US President Barack Obama makes a statement on Iraq on the South Lawn of the White House

Iraq crisis: President Obama says US will not send in troops but will 'play its part'

Obama reassured Americans at home that deploying ground troops in Iraq is not something he is willing to consider

Documents declassified by the National Security Archive this week leave little doubt as to how close America came to catastrophe

Revealed: the night America very nearly nuked itself

Only dumb luck saved America from a nightmare scenario in January 1961 when an Air Force B-52 carrying two nuclear bombs broke apart in flight dropping the weapons on farmland near the city of Goldsboro in North Carolina.

An image taken from the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin which claims to shows Isis militants waving an Islamist flag after the seizure of an Iraqi army checkpoint in Salahuddin

Iraq crisis: President Obama weighs up US response to jihadist attacks

Reports claim US drones have been flying secretly over contested sections of Iraqi territory since last year

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, flanked by his wife Diana, delivers his concession speech in Richmond, Virginia

An earthquake for US politics: Tea Party topples top Republican in Virginia primary

The GOP is reeling after Eric Cantor lost to an unknown candidate, becoming the first Majority Leader to lose a primary race since 1889

Uber has outraged its competition

Regulators no longer the masters as monopolies turn screw on innovation

Big corporations are crying foul over successful new businesses - and Congress is listening to them

Hillary Clinton was met with enthusiastic supporters excited for a potential campaign at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, New York

So, will Hillary Clinton be making a run for the presidency?

David Usborne joined the crowds at a New York bookstore to get a signed copy of the former First Lady’s autobiography – and, he hoped, an answer to the question that has got America transfixed

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban on May 31, 2014, in exchange for five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Bowe Bergdahl: US soldier held by Taliban says he was tortured and caged after escape attempt

US public has doubts about soldier’s story but John Kerry speaks out in support

Hillary Clinton has already had to fend off questions about her health, and will be 69 by election day 2016

Is America really ready to put another Clinton in the White House?

She hasn’t said she will stand yet, but Hillary Clinton is certainly in the frame. David Usborne considers her chances and the obstacles she will face

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The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
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Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
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Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
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
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

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
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

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