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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In the heat of the day: Illegal migrants walk through the Sonoran Desert after crossing into the US

Dying to flee Mexico for America: Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants

Having survived the trek across Mexico, many are killed by the desert
Chiquita had admitted paying $1.7m to a paramilitary group

Colombians lose torture claim suit against Chiquita bananas in US court

US-based company has previously admitted that it paid the AUC, a right-wing paramilitary group accused of killing thousands of Colombians between 1997 and 2003, to protect its own workers

Postcard from... Tucson

It’s mid-afternoon at El Guero Canelo, a restaurant south-west of downtown Tucson.

Enrol model: Kayla Human is one of 33 students heading to California in September

Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning

Postcard from... Los Angeles

Anyone who lives in or visits Los Angeles and is interested in its history as a movie town ought to seek out and watch the 2003 documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself. A 169-minute cinematic essay by filmmaker, academic and Angeleno Thom Andersen, it is comprised entirely of clips from films shot in and around Los Angeles, overlaid with Andersen’s narration.

Sorted: US authorities say they warned FedEx on transporting dubious pharmaceuticals

FedEx facing drug-trafficking charges over illicit pharmaceuticals

The courier is the latest major US firm to be held to account over its business with online pharmacies

Hillary Clinton finally admits she’s ‘thinking about’ a bid for the White House

Polls showing the former first lady is the runaway favourite for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination

FBI photos depict various appearances of the convicted murderer JoAnne Chesimard

Assata Shakur: Black militant, fugitive cop killer, terrorist threat... or escaped slave?

She broke out of prison in 1973, fled to Cuba and is still there today, one of the FBI’s most-wanted fugitives – and a symbol of America’s still gaping racial divide

The three-time Emmy award winner Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch: Star of stage and screen passes away aged 89

The three-time Emmy award winner worked with Marlon Brando, Noel Coward, Woody Allen and Steven Sondheim

The Walkers will be sentenced on 22 October

Romanian princess and husband plead guilty in Oregon cockfighting case

The authorities said the couple charged punters $20 to attend the events and $1,000 to enter their cock in a bout

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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?