On the campaign trail: Republican contender Newt Gingrich made the rounds of South Carolina yesterday as he bolstered his support in a state where he feels at home politically

Republican race torn wide open by Gingrich win

Romney flounders over tax as Gingrich piles on the pressure in South Carolina. By Rupert Cornwell

Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich meets supporters with wife Callista

Is Gingrich about to turn the US election on its head?

Surging Republican candidate closes on upset that would leave Romney vulnerable

Rick Perry attacks Obama over video

Rick Perry, a Republican presidential hopeful, is accusing the Obama administration of "over-the-top rhetoric" and "disdain for the military" in its attack on a video apparently showing Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters.

Fifa: cheats may target England

Fifa's security chief has warned that not even the Premier League is immune to match-fixing. Football's world governing body will open a hotline for whistleblowers next month and has promised an amnesty to players or officials who offer evidence of fixing.

Piers Morgan told the inquiry he did not believe hacking took place at 'The Mirror' under his editorship

Nothing to report: Morgan survives Leveson grilling

Former tabloid editor stays silent on key questions about phone hacking in testimony to inquiry

Piers Morgan 'unaware of phone hacking'

Former tabloid newspaper editor Piers Morgan today told an inquiry into press standards that he was unaware of any phone hacking when in charge at the Daily Mirror.

Kerpow! Batman tussles with guards in bid to visit activist

British actor Christian Bale manhandled at checkpoint during film promotion tour

Letter from the editor: Frontline reporting

Sky’s Alex Crawford is deservedly winning many plaudits for her live on-the-spot reporting of the Libyan rebels’ triumphant march into the heart of Tripoli on Sunday night.

Ex-governor of New York Eliot Spitzer bows out as CNN anchor

Eliot Spitzer, the Wall Street-baiting former governor of New York, whose political ambitions ended in a prostitute scandal, has had his new career as a television anchor cut short after less than a year.

Jurors under fire from US public over shock Casey Anthony verdict

As armchair pundits across the United States continued to express astonishment, and in many cases disgust, at the acquittal of Casey Anthony over the 2008 death of her young daughter in Florida, a back-up juror who sat through the testimony and the jury deliberations said the right verdicts had been reached.

Return of wounded president Ali Abdullah Saleh still uncertain

Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was so severely injured in an assassination attempt that it is uncertain when he will return to the country, his Vice-President has said. Mr Saleh was wounded in a bomb attack on his palace in early June amid months of protests against his three-decade rule, and is being treated in Saudi Arabia.

Morgan's modest viewing figures give his critics plenty to chat about

For a man who uses Twitter to broadcast his every thought, deed, and minor foray into the public eye, Piers Morgan has been surprisingly slow to update followers about the smattering of fresh headlines that pertain to the performance of his nightly talk show on the rolling news channel CNN.

Battle: Los Angeles (12A)

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez

Sparks fly as Piers Morgan meets his biggest critic: Larry King

As awkward encounters go, it was like sitting next to your ex's younger, and insufferably smug, new partner. After Larry king dismissed Piers Morgan as over-hyped in a radio interview last week, the elder statesman of US broadcasting submitted himself to a grilling by his upstart successor.

Brian Viner: A ringside seat at the birth of 24-hour news

On a chilly January morning 25 years ago today, I drove my beaten-up Chevrolet from my digs at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, to the downtown offices of Cable News Network. I had been a student intern at CNN for less than two months, and the assignment handed to me by my boss, a Fawllty Towers-loving Anglophile called Gary Rowe, was to liaise with schools across America concerning the impending journey into space by Christa McAuliffe, a 37-year-old teacher from New Hampshire.

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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