News Edward Snowden said that he will not be able to return to the US while 'there's no chance to have a fair trial'

But the whistleblower says he cannot go home when there’s ‘no chance to have a fair trial’

Fan dies catching baseball for son

A baseball fan died after he fell from a stand while trying to catch a ball for his son.

Name game: The slang system has left Senator Santorum feeling very uneasy

We know about sandwich and cardigan, but santorum? The story of how names pass into common use can be eye-opening.

Pentagon sealed off after arrest

Police closed several roads around the Pentagon in Virginia yesterday after arresting a man whom they found with suspicious materials in his backpack.

James Arness: Actor who starred for 20 years as Marshal Matt Dillon in 'Gunsmoke'

For 20 years, and some 635 episodes, James Arness starred as Marshal Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke, still the longest run of any star in American prime-time television drama. In the era when westerns ruled the airwaves, Gunsmoke was the most popular of them all. It débuted in 1955, and from 1957-61 was the top-rated show in the country – and, retitled Gun Law, was popular in the UK as well. As the genre declined Gunsmoke thrived, finally ending in 1975, having outlasted all its competition and setting longevity records that still stand.

Cannes Diary: BBC plans 'Geordie' version of To Kill A Mocking Bird

BBC Films, the Corporation's film-making arm, is to make a movie inspired by Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Cillian Murphy. It will transfer the story's setting from the 1930s American Deep South to contemporary England's industrial northeast.

WikiLeaks 'whistleblower' is deemed fit to stand trial

Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of handing government secrets to the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing organisation, has been found mentally fit to stand trial, the US Army said yesterday.

Obama to visit scene of deadly tornados

President Barack Obama planned today to tour parts of Alabama that were devastated by an outbreak of tornados that killed nearly 300 people in the U.S. South, as survivors tried to recover what was left of their belongings.

250 die in one day as twisters rampage from Texas to Virginia

Search-and-rescue teams were last night hunting for survivors beneath fallen masonry and tangled joists, power lines and fallen trees in towns and hamlets across seven states in the south-eastern US which were ravaged by the worst outbreak of tornadoes seen in almost four decades. Almost 250 people are known to have died.

Sombre ceremony marks US Civil War

Sombre period music, flickering candlelight and booming cannons ushered in America's observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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...

Virginia Ironside: Meet the grandparents: the unsung heroes of family life

What is so rewarding about being with my grandsons is that my love for them is unclouded by the guilt, panic and anxiety I felt with my own son

Survivors in tears as UK rescue teams arrive in town

As the British emergency convoy rolled into Ofunato yesterday, survivors stood in the street and cried. For those whose lives have been torn apart, the sight of hundreds of rescue workers proved too much.

Route unveiled for 2012 Olympics time trial

Hampton Court Palace is to host the start and finish of the London Olympics time-trial, 2012 organisers said today.

Route unveiled for 2010 Olympics time trial

Hampton Court Palace is to host the start and finish of the London Olympics time-trial, 2012 organisers said today.

Scottish deerhound is best in show at Westminster

A Scottish deerhound that loves to chase deer and rabbits on a 50-acre farm in Virginia won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club last night and the title of America's top dog.

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