News Barack Obama told a crowd at a Costco store the country was moving on

Jobs and wages will be the main battleground of November’s mid-term elections

The President talks to students about his Affordable Care Act in Maryland

Usborne in the USA: The best healthcare delivery system in the world? Are you off your rocker?

The Republicans are on a hot streak thanks to Obamacare's false start

Shaker Aamer, the last British inmate at Guantanamo Bay

British Guantanamo Bay inmate Shaker Aamer speaks from prison cell for first time on US TV show

Mr Aamer, who has been cleared for release yet is stuck in 'legal limbo', is seen begging for prisoners to be treated like human beings

The senator set: Mark Consuelos, John Goodman, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy in Amazon's 'Alpha House'

LoveFilm: Now the audience can choose which TV shows get made

Amazon is taking on Netflix by creating new comedies based on viewer feedback

Michael Dugher, heading Labour’s election campaign, at the London HQ

Michael Dugher on Labour's 2015 election strategy: This will be the most personal election ever

Michael Dugher, the man charged with bringing the Obama touch to Labour’s 2015 election campaign, tells Andrew Grice that money means nothing in a multimedia age

Barack Obama faces a Congressional backlash over TPP

WikiLeaks publishes Trans-Pacific Partnership draft agreement

WikiLeaks has added to the White House's problems around a trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim countries, publishing a chapter of a draft text which had been secret.

People celebrate in Honolulu after the Hawaii State Senate approved a bill allowing same-sex marriage to be legal in the state of Hawaii

Hawaii passes gay marriage law

Move comes twenty years after the state Supreme Court ruled that barring same sex couples from tying the knot was unconstitutional

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Democratic National Convention in 2012

Senator Elizabeth Warren: The outsider who could upset Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid

The liberal Senator from Massachusetts is being viewed as a possible Democratic rival

New UK diplomat Ajay Sharma to visit Iran as direct diplomatic links renewed

Britain's new charge d'affaires to Iran is expected to visit the country later this month amid further signs of a thawing in relations.

Iranian concessions on nuclear issues are not going to lead to an agreement

The Reformists in Iran will be vulnerable to allegations that they are negotiating from weakness

In his home state, Senator Ted Cruz's popularity has suffered not a jot

Texans eye Tea Party hero Ted Cruz for US Presidential race

As Dallas News observed, candidates are 'pushing the anti-gay, anti-illegal immigrant, anti-abortion, pro-gun and pro-religion buttons'

If he decides to run for President, Christie would be a formidable challenger to any Democrat

Chris Christie's re-election as New Jersey's governor gives Republican party major boost in battle to recapture the White House

In recent decades, New Jersey has turned from presidential swing state into a Democratic stronghold

Bill de Blasio elected New York's first Democrat Mayor in 20 years following landslide election win

De Blasio's charismatic, biracial family offered a big boost in a campaign that focused on economic inequality

Children look on as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal (centre) stands amongst the ruins of a Palestinian home a week after it was demolished by the Israeli authority in East Jerusalem

Israel orders more demolitions of Palestinian flats in Jerusalem

Move to demoliish hundreds of Arab apartments ‘destroying every chance of peace’, says Fatah

Congressional aides predict Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell could seal agreement

US Senate ‘very close’ to agreeing deal to raise debt ceiling and end shutdown

Senior Senate aides say deal is about to be announced

A cyclist rides past the US Capitol

US debt: Truce in sight as Senate leaders work on compromise ahead of Thursday's deadline

China calls for 'de-Americanized world' not dependent on the dollar as a reserve currency

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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable