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Guy Adams was The Independent's Los Angeles correspondent from 2008-2012.

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Julian Castro has much in common with President Obama

Julian Castro: Echoes of Barack Obama surround rising Latino star

The Democrats made a flamboyant pitch for the Latino vote last night, granting airtime to a little-known Mayor from Texas who is being optimistically touted as a future contender for the presidency.

Tom Cruise apparently decided the audition process was a 'disaster', so gave up on the idea and began dating Katie Holmes, who he later married.

Church of Scientology accused of holding 'auditions' to be Tom Cruise's wife before he gave up and married Katie Holmes

The process is said to have spawned a two-month relationship between Mr Cruise and Nazanin Boniadi, 32 year-old television actress

Mitt Romney and his wife Ann arrive for church in New Hampshire yesterday

Mitt Romney's wealth in spotlight again after tax probe

New evidence of Republican candidate's low payments follows poor TV ratings

The book claims Bin Laden was not armed when he was shot

Pentagon threatens to sue former US Navy Seal for publishing book on killing of Osama Bin Laden

Saying that it will pursue "all remedies legally available to us," the Pentagon is threatening to sue the former US Navy Seal who is about to publish a memoir detailing his role in the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Fleeing from the flood in Slidell, Louisiana

'Everything I own was in that trailer – now it's gone'

It was 4.30am when Samuel George realised that the levees had broken; a tide of muddy water started seeping into the living area of his single-storey trailer home in the New Orleans suburb of Braithwaite.

Hurricane Isaac: New Orleans battered by powerful winds as torrential rain brings heavy flooding to the city's suburbs

New Orleans was battered by powerful winds and torrential rain today, as Hurricane Isaac tore across the Gulf Coast, bringing storm damage and heavy flooding to under-protected suburbs of the City.

Boarded up and ready in New Orleans

New Orleans braced for Hurricane Isaac

Seven years on from Hurricane Katrina, a wary New Orleans prepares for the worst

David and Jackie Siegel at their home in Florida

David and Jackie Siegel: Meet the King and Queen of Versailles

They lived the American dream and started to build their own palace. Then came the credit crunch...

Anthony Pellicano: 'If you saw the stuff I found in celebrity homes...'

Hollywood strives to keep its secrets

A private eye to the stars, jailed 10 years ago for Mafia-style activities, he could spill plenty of beans if he regains his freedom

Is nature or nurture behind Jamaica's need for speed?

Some say it’s in the genes. Others credit the local yams and green bananas. Sports analysts reckon world-class coaches played the key role. Cultural commentators credit a straightforward love of speed which, in previous eras, inspired the nation’s most gifted sportsmen to devote their careers to sending cricket balls towards rib cages at high velocity.

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'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
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Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
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Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
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Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

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