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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President Obama, seen through an Oval Office window, speaks on the phone with King Abdallah Abd al Aziz of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 10 September 2014 ahead of his speech on the Islamic State to the nation

9/11 anniversary: Barack Obama unveils 'degrade and ultimately destroy' strategy against Isis

He vows to target militants 'wherever they exist' but rules out deploying US combat troops

Postcard from... Los Angeles

At the weekend, I spent an hour queuing on a pavement near Hollywood to see a comedy show that hadn’t even been written yet. Every Sunday at its modest LA theatre, comedy troupe the Upright Citizens Brigade stages ASSSSCAT, a world-renowned improv sketch show.

Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush bantered at a leadership event for young people

Clinton and Bush double act launches bipartisan scholars' programme

The 42nd President spoke of his 'great admiration' for the 43rd – even when he did not agree with his decisions

Several hundred children in at least 10 US states have been treated for respiratory illnesses believed to have been cause by a rare and potentially fatal virus related to the common cold

Enterovirus D68: Hundreds of children across ten US states treated for respiratory illness linked to common cold

No deaths have been reported, but one hospital in Kansas City, Missouri had put dozens of patients in intensive care

Patient Sara Romano, right, selects some medical marijuana at the Berkeley Patients Group clinic in California

Marijuana legalisation: 'Free weed for the poor' decree by Berkeley council

Californian college town orders medical marijuana to be given to patients on low income

Empty airline seats

Ban reclining seats on flights? I'm leaning that way...

When that seat lurches back, an old lady knitting is suddenly no sweeter than white van man
Sam talking to reporters afterwards about the coming season with Dallas

American Football: Michael Sam - the Gay Dallas Cowboy who Christians don't want to play

Talk of Michael Sam, the NFL's only 'out' player, dominates the new season
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (third left)

Bob McDonnell found guilty: Former Virginia governor and his wife convicted on corruption charges

Sentencing for the couple has been set for 6 January 2015

Anonymous users of 4Chan posted what they claimed to be intimate images of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence

FBI investigates 4Chan for posting hacked nude celebrity photos

For years, its infamous “random” message board has featured a stream of graphic images of sex and violence, but it has taken the posting of private photographs allegedly purloined from around 100 celebrities to put 4Chan under the legal spotlight.

Actors front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyongío Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyongío and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama

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Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?