Fired-up Barack Obama takes offensive in crucial debate with Mitt

The Barack Obama that his supporters thought they always knew – the certain and sometimes soaring candidate of 2008 – made a dramatic reappearance at the second debate here last night, aggressively countering his opponent Mitt Romney on topics from taxation to foreign policy and reigniting his campaign for a second term.

Hundreds flee blazing US wildfires

Firefighters battled wildfires that spread quickly in parched forests in Colorado and New Mexico, forcing hundreds of people from their homes and the evacuation of wolves from a sanctuary.

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In pictures: Wild Wild West

What is believed to be the only surviving authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid fetched $2.3m (£1.4m) at an auction in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday. Here we take a look at the legends of the Wild West, who still capture the imagination today.

Billy the Kid portrait sold for £1.4m

What is believed to be the only surviving, authenticated portrait of Billy the Kid fetched more than 2.3 million dollars (£1.4m) at auction in Denver, Colorado.

Hindu rites for lesbian wedding

A lawyer and a university professor from the United States celebrated Nepal's first public lesbian wedding ceremony yesterday, after the Himalayan nation began recognising gay rights and drafting laws to end sexual discrimination.