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Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to Washington by the Speaker of the House in an apparent attempt to needle the President over Iran talks

US-Israel relations: President Obama to snub Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu when he addresses Congress in March

Mr Netanyahu was invited to Washington by the Speaker of the House in an apparent attempt to needle the President over Iran talks

Video footage released by police in Bridgeton, New Jersey, shows two officers pull over a car before passenger Jerame Reid is shot dead

Jerame Reid shooting: Dashboard camera footage shows police shoot dead black man with his hands raised

Jerame Reid was a passenger in the car which was pulled over by two officers in Bridgeton, New Jersey, on 30 December

Rafael Ramos (left) and Wenjian Li were shot dead while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn

New York City to rename two streets after murdered police officers

Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were killed execution-style a week before Christmas by Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley

Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to Congress

State of the Union: Obama declares 'the shadow of crisis has passed' in US as he demands action on Isis

Lifting the embargo on Cuba, raising taxes on America’s richest and hunting down Isis terrorists were themes of a sweeping State of the Union address by President Barack Obama on Tuesday night that opened with a wish-list of measures to boost the fortunes of the poor and middle class.

Tony Verna, the inventor of instant replay, has died (Brief pause) Tony Verna, the inventor of instant replay, has died

Technical innovation was so radical that game's commentator had to explain it on first use

Making his sixth State of the Union address, the US President, Barack Obama, will look straight past the routing of his party at last November’s midterm congressional elections and instead throw down the gauntlet to the Republican majority on raising taxes on the rich to help the middle class

State of the Union address: 'Lame-duck president' Barack Obama's speech has an eye on Hillary Clinton's candidacy

The White House believes it can win the debate on wage stagnation and the still-mediocre fortunes of most Americans

David Cameron greets members of education tech company EdClub
The decision expected from the Supreme Court could be momentous

US Supreme Court to hear cases on same-sex marriage

Decision promises a period of high anxiety for both sides of a debate that has been raging in America

Republican candidate Mitt Romney told of his desire to stand again

Republicans trying to politely discard two-time loser Romney

Twice-unsuccessful presidential candidate gets an icy response to announcement to stand

A Saudi family arrives for the the Hael International Rally in Hael Nufud desert in 2011.

2014 the hottest year since records began, climate experts confirm

Last year global temperatures were 0.69C above 20th century averages

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...