James Cusick

James Cusick is political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. His career as a journalist has been split between print and television, including senior positions as producer with Sir David Frost and at BBC Newsnight. He is also an award-winning golf and travel writer, working for over a decade as the UK contributing editor for one of the USA’s leading golf magazines. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and CNN. He lives in London.

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Lord Smith (back centre) Commission chair for the Smith Commission in Edinburgh, begins all-party talks aimed at reaching agreement on what new powers should be devolved to Scotland

Smith Commission on Scottish devolution meets for the first time

Black-out agreed on substance of all-party talks

Maintenence personel check a US Predator drone at Fort Huachuca, Arizona

British drone operators could be breaking international law, says former GCHQ chief

British military and intelligence personnel working at US Air Force bases on the controversial drones programme could be at risk of breaking international law, according to a new report from the former director of GCHQ.

Nicola Sturgeon is a less flamboyant figure, but poses an equally serious threat to the status quo

Nicola Sturgeon: Leader on slow road to her stone of destiny

Alex Salmond’s successor as SNP leader is a less flamboyant figure, but poses an equally serious threat to the status quo

Graham Johnson will appear before London's Westminster Magistrates' Court on November 6

Ex-Mirror journalist Graham Johnson charged with phone hacking

Former Sunday Mirror investigations editor is the second MGN journalist to face charges

An Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone

Experts: Ebola virus testing at UK airports is not totally risk-free

Medical officials using non-contact thermometers would initially measure the temperature of all arriving passengers

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg

European Convention on Human Rights: What has it ever done for us?

As the Tories attempt to dilute the treaty’s authority in the UK, James Cusick takes a look at the difference it has made

Gleneagles 18th hole

Ryder Cup 2014: How a kilt was put on Jack Nicklaus' course

The PGA Century at Gleneagles has received a makeover more in tune with its Scottish setting – and a dramatic 18th hole

Nicola Sturgeon and former boss Alex Salmond campaigning together. She is edging ever closer to SNP leadership

Scottish referendum: Nicola Sturgeon edges closer to SNP leadership following Alex Salmond's resignation

The chances of Nicola Sturgeon becoming the new leader of the Scottish National Party increased last night after Mike Russell, the Scottish Parliament’s Education Secretary, told The Independent on Sunday: “I will not be standing – I will be supporting Nicola.”

Alex Salmond has stepped down as Scotland's First Minister and the leader of the SNP

Scottish independence: Despite defeat history may still point to Alex Salmond as the victor

SNP leader's legacy secure as he steps down

Scottish referendum results: Calm and relief in the No camp as results dash Yes hopes

Complacent Better Together campaigners see silence received on doorsteps turned into hard votes as Yes fails to win in key areas

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
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Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

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Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?