Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.
Lady Gaga, MC Hammer and Goldie Hawn are among 100 big names to have publicly condemned America's gun policies
First speech after election triumph calls on Congress to take action
Last night Vice President Joe Biden faced Republican hopefuly Paul Ryan in a live televised debate in Danville, Kentucky.
So what did our panel of voters make of the candidates?
By showing greater emotional intensity than Obama did last week, and shifting the focus on to foreign policy and George W Bush, the Democrats won last night
David Cameron and Barack Obama today insisted that British and American troops were on course to step back into a support role from next year.
World View: For all its military might, the US has failed to get its way in Afghanistan and Iraq, severely denting the prestige of the world's only superpower
The US Vice-President Joe Biden pretends to get to grips with a Mongolian wrestler during a display in his honour in Ulan Bator.
The US Vice-President, Joe Biden, yesterday likened Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks who is currently under house arrest in a private mansion in Suffolk, to a "hi-tech terrorist" and confirmed that the administration is searching for ways to take legal action against him.
Proving the old Fringe adage that all you need to fill a theatre is a recognisable name plus the word "musical", Obama Mia! a Musical Comedy is already doing good box-office business.
The Obama administration closed the chapter on the arrest of the Russian spy ring in what seemed like the most appropriate way: with a gag on a late-night comedy show.
british and American troops marched through Red Square yesterday as part of a large-scale parade to celebrate 65 years since the Allied victory in the Second World War.
President Netanyahu is undermining US interests. The sooner President Obama makes his support conditional, the better
It probably says something (though I don't know what) about our visual medium that the most viewed pieces in the Opinion section of the website this year were cartoons - The Daily Cartoon and Tim Sanders News Cartoon. In more prosaic reality, it just shows the value of pages that last 12 months on the web and are updated very day.
She may have lost the nomination - but she holds her party's fate in her hands. The Democratic convention that opens here today will be the coronation of Barack Obama, choreographed to the last word and smallest gesture. But millions of hands could still wield a fatal dagger. They belong to the supporters of Hillary Clinton.
Decades after he quit over plagiarism, the Delaware senator will bring bite, foreign policy experience and a compelling life story to a young team. By Leonard Doyle
His brilliant portrayal of a president's loyal lieutenant electrified 'The West Wing'. But this year, as the Democratic primaries got under way, Richard Schiff wasn't just playing a role – he was working behind the scenes to get his guy a shot at the White House