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.

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Kiefer Sutherland loses $900,000 in Mexican cattle scam

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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.

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

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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

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