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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

Split and tell: Why every politician fears the ex-factor

Forget sex scandals: it's the subtle revenge of a bitter ex-spouse that can really mess up a political career

Donald resumes English battle for No 1 ranking

In New Orleans and South Korea, the contest between Englishmen to be world No 1 resumes today. Luke Donald, the current No 3, plays the Zurich Classic in Louisiana, hoping to atone for his play-off defeat in The Heritage title. He is seeking to overtake Lee Westwood, who regained his supremacy in Indonesia last weekend and competes this week for the Ballantine's Championship in Incheon.

Tight at the top as hot Donald puts pressure on Westwood

World No 1 heads for Korea this week with his compatriot in pursuit in the rankings. James Corrigan reports on an intriguing race

Donald pipped by Westwood in English quest to be world No 1

Luke Donald saw his world No 1 dream cruelly snatched away on the third hole of sudden death at The Heritage last night. But English golf could still go to bed content in the knowledge that one of theirs would be heading the rankings when they are published this morning. Lee Westwood, and his many admirers, will feel he is back where he belongs.

Donald leads from the front in race to claim No 1 spot from Kaymer

Luke Donald is 36 holes away from becoming the world No 1 after a brilliant 65 gave him a two-shot lead at the halfway point of The Heritage in South Carolina.

Donald takes aim at world No 1 spot in shotmaker's paradise

Britain has two shots at reclaiming golf's world No 1 crown these next four days. Lee Westwood and Luke Donald may be playing in different hemispheres but their objective is the same – win a tournament and displace Martin Kaymer at the top of the rankings.

The disunion forever: Why the US Civil War still divides America 150 years on

At 4.30 on the morning of April 12 1861 – 150 years ago this week – the newly-formed Confederate States of America opened fire on Fort Sumter, located near the entrance to Charleston Harbor, South Carolina and held by troops loyal to the Union. This was the spark for conflict, the scale of which was glimpsed by virtually no-one in 1861. By war's end four years later, some 620,000 Americans would be dead.

Travel by numbers: US Civil War sites

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of a bloody conflict. Laura Holt figures it all out...

First Night: Aziz Ansari, Soho theatre, London

Slick, polished and smart, Ansari's stand-up delivers

Band of Horses - Tales of terror from the blasted backwoods

Band of Horses' Grammy-nominated latest album was inspired by nightmares and faceless killers. Nick Hasted meets the band

Woman charged over dog hanged for chewing bible

Authorities charged a US woman with felony animal cruelty, saying she hanged her nephew's pit bull from a tree with an electrical cord and burned its body because the dog chewed on her Bible.

The debate that still divides a nation – 150 years on

David Usborne reports from Charleston, South Carolina, where a ball to mark the anniversary of the American Civil War has been mired in accusations of racism

Rupert Cornwell: After 150 years, the Civil War still divides the United States

Out of America: As the country prepares to commemorate the great schism, the echoes of the bloody conflict still reverberate through its politics and culture

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