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George Stinney was 14 when executed for a crime his family says he didn’t commit. A retrial may clear his name

After three decades on death row, US man goes free

Helped by a single strand of hair, a mentally disabled man who spent nearly 30 years on South Carolina's death row for the stabbing death of a woman will go free today under a plea deal.

The winner takes all 50 delegates at stake — the biggest prize to date in the state-by-state contests leading to the Republican National Convention in August that will select the nominee

Polls open in Florida for key Republican primary

Polls opened earlier today in Florida, where Mitt Romney was pushing for a big win over Newt Gingrich in the race to pick a Republican challenger to President Barack Obama in November.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (left) talks with Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney during a break in the Republican presidential candidates debate in Florida

Rancour as Gingrich and Romney spar in debate

Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, learned to his cost last night that he is not alone among Republicans vying for the presidential nomination able to conjure righteous indignation when it matters.  Mitt Romney showed a debate audience here that he has quite the talent for it too.

Amol Rajan: Beware the huge power of the not-quite-so-powerful

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Gingrich's chequered past presents a huge political target

Gingrich will hand victory to Obama, claims Romney camp

If Republican voters select Newt Gingrich as the party's 2012 presidential nominee they would be handing President Barack Obama a second term in the White House, the campaign for Mitt Romney claimed last night.

Newt Gingrich enjoys cash boost after South Carolina primary

Cash is pouting into the Newt Gingrich campaign for the Republican presidential nomination after the stunning surge and upset victory over Mitt Romney.

Leading article: The race now changes for Mr Obama, too

Until this past weekend, Mitt Romney, the super-rich former governor of Massachusetts, had appeared to be cruising to the Republican presidential nomination, as lacklustre contestants scattered all around. Now he has a real opponent in the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich. The Republican primary season, which reaches its next stage in the ultra-swing state of Florida next week, now looks set to be longer, and more expensive, than Mr Romney or his supporters must have hoped. Not for the first time South Carolina has changed the dynamics of a US presidential race.

Poll upset as New Gingrich wins South Carolina primary

Newt Gingrich stormed to a shock victory over Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary today, scrambling the race to choose a Republican challenger to President Barack Obama.

On the campaign trail: Republican contender Newt Gingrich made the rounds of South Carolina yesterday as he bolstered his support in a state where he feels at home politically

Republican race torn wide open by Gingrich win

Romney flounders over tax as Gingrich piles on the pressure in South Carolina. By Rupert Cornwell

Newt Gingrich condemns ex-wife's claims

The race for the Republican presidential nomination took several twists and turns as Rick Perry dropped out, Newt Gingrich faced stunning allegations from his ex-wife and Mitt Romney struggled to maintain a shaky front-runner's standing.

Texas Governor Rick Perry stands with his wife Anita as he announces he is dropping his run for the Republican US presidential nomination

Rick Perry withdraws from Republican presidential race

Texas Governor Rick Perry abandoned his presidential bid and endorsed Newt Gingrich today, just two days before the pivotal South Carolina primary.

Mitt Romney shares the stage with his wife Ann at a campaign rally in Florence, South Carolina, yesterday

Super-rich Romney admits paying only 15 per cent in taxes

Republican front-runner under pressure to make public his returns ahead of South Carolina primary

Jon Huntsman next to his wife, Mary Kaye, with daughters Liddy, Mary Anne, Abby and Gracie Mei

Huntsman drops out of Republican race

Candidate's departure and support for moderate rival prompts calls among conservatives to unite

Jon Huntsman quits Republican nomination race

Jon Huntsman suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination today, calling on his party to end "an onslaught of negative and personal attacks" in the campaign and then endorsing rival Mitt Romney.

Romney hands over $60 to struggling supporter

Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the race for the Republican US presidential nomination, handed over a fistful of cash to an unemployed supporter at one of his rallies on Saturday night, after she complained of being so hard-up that she could not afford her electricity bills.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee