Tim Walker

Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.

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Ottawa shootings: Terror strikes Canadian capital as attacks leave one soldier and one suspect dead

Prime Minister rushed to safety after deadly gunfight in parliament

Carl Bernstein (left) and Bob Woodward (right) with former 'Washington Post' executive editor Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee dead: Celebrated former Watergate editor dies, aged 93

Mr Bradlee died of natural causes after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years

Postcard from... Mexico City

Sunday afternoon at the Arena México, and several hundred locals are cheering as six greased, masked men beat the hell out of each other in increasingly spectacular fashion. This is Lucha Libre, the famous wrestling form that is Mexico’s second most popular sport after football. Thousands more are watching at home as the action unfolds in the arena known as “the cathedral of Lucha Libre”, which has hosted wrestling competitions since the 1930s.

An electronic board warns people of the Ebola virus near a hospital in Lagos

Ebola crisis: Nigeria's 'spectacular success' in combating virus provides hope for others

Forty people taken off an Ebola watchlist in US

The new CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, suggested it was 'good karma' not to ask for a pay rise

Microsoft chief sorry over pay-rise advice for women

Mr Nadella suggested it was 'good karma' not to ask for a rise

The Oscar-winning actress has won new admirers with
her response to becoming a ‘sex crime’ victim

Jennifer Lawrence: The star who fought back

The Oscar-winning actress has won new admirers with  her response to becoming a 'sex crime' victim

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow was gushing as she met President Obama

Gwyneth Paltrow gushes over Barack Obama: 'You're so handsome, I can't speak properly'

Back garden fundraiser gives star the chance to admit admiration for President

Abdul-Rahman Kassig, 26, was kidnapped last year while carrying out aid work in eastern Syria

Abdul-Rahman Kassig: Parents of US hostage beg Isis leader to free their son

Mr Kassig appeared in the online video released by the militants, which showed the beheading of British humanitarian worker Alan Henning

Chimpanzees to get legal rights: court to decide

American court will rule if the chimp named Tommy is being unlawfully imprisoned

The first same-sex couple to legally wed in El Paso County embrace as Colorado began issuing same-sex marriage licences on Tuesday

Federal court overturns ban on same-sex marriages in five more US states

The lifting of bans in Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Montana and Alaska means that gay and lesbian weddings are now legal in well over half the United States

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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?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

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
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

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
The 10 best smartphone accessories

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?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

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
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

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?