Dick Cheney admitted to hospital after chest pains

An aide to Dick Cheney said the former US vice president was in George Washington Hospital after experiencing chest pains.

24 star saved the world... but couldn’t spot a Ponzi scheme

Kiefer Sutherland loses $900,000 in Mexican cattle scam

Gasland (NC)

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", is a system of drilling for gas pioneered by big energy companies in the US.

John Kerry: Our inheritance in Afghanistan is eight years of mismanagement

The easiest way to make a mistake is to tolerate a debate that sells our country short. In recent weeks, politics has reduced an extraordinarily complex country in an extraordinarily complex region and a difficult mission to a simple, headline-ready "yes or no" on troop numbers. That debate is completely at odds with reality. What we need, above all, what our troops deserve – and what we haven't had – is a comprehensive strategy, military and civilian combined.

How Jack Bauer's sidekick turned nemesis

Carlos Bernard plays Tony Almeida in the hit show '24'. As series 7 is released on DVD, the actor tells James Rampton about the forces that have driven his character to the dark side

Only two weeks' training for CIA interrogators

Report reveals agents' doubts about whether their actions were legal

Conservative columnist Robert Novak dies

Robert Novak, the Washington political journalist best known for the Evans and Novak column shared for 30 years with his friend Rowland Evans, has died from a brain tumour, aged 78.

How Bush went from hero to zero in the eyes of Dick Cheney

Memoirs to tell of Veep's change of heart in waning years of presidency

Dom Joly: A sweet corner of Canada that is forever Scotland

It was an Offshore Bruce last night. This meant that the wind was blowing away from Bruce Beach out on to Lake Huron. More importantly, it also meant that everybody could light the huge bonfires that had been sitting patiently on the beach in front of their cottages like ceremonial pyres.

Leading article: America's unaccountable intelligence services

Radical solutions are needed to end this war of attrition with Congress

Falstaff, Glyndebourne Festival, Sussex<br/>The Abduction from the Seraglio, Grand Theatre, Leeds

Verdi's comic opera is set in a post-war Britain where food is plentiful and love can conquer the scheming of a fat knight

Rupert Cornwell: The bruiser back from the political dead and spoiling for another fight

The venues, the demeanours, spoke louder even than the words. There in the National Archives, home of the 200-year-old founding documents that enshrine a nation's ideals, stood a young and newly minted President – forceful and limpidly eloquent, fixed on the future yet determined to cleanse his country of the shameful recent past inflicted on it by his predecessors.

Dominic Lawson: When liberals advocate torture

This depersonalisation of the unborn child is tellingly similar to the view of terrorist suspects taken by those who advocated barbaric interrogation practices

Rupert Cornwell: For Republicans, it can't get any worse

A resurgent Dick Cheney is the last thing his party needs
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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

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Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

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'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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