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Republican politician won't give up his lifestyle to run for the White House

Video: New details of Osama death

Osama bin Laden was unarmed when he was shot and killed by US special forces, the White House has disclosed.

Diary: Natalie's way with words

The plot of ballet-based thriller Black Swan, which opens in the UK today, sees Natalie Portman's crazed prima ballerina come to believe that her sexy frenemy, as played by Mila Kunis, is plotting to steal her career. When the two actors' subsequent projects come to our screens, audiences may be forgiven for thinking that life had imitated art. Portman and Ashton Kutcher are soon to star in No Strings Attached, a film about two friends who start having casual sex before, inevitably, falling in love. The project was previously entitled Friends With Benefits, until its producers learned of another production with an identical name, starring Kunis and Justin Timberlake as two friends who start having casual sex before, inevitably, falling in love. How, exactly, to tell the two films apart? This week, Portman told the American talk-show host Conan O'Brien that the original working title for her picture was "Fuck Buddies". Now that would probably have done the trick.

Jackie Chan and Yo-Yo Ma help welcome China's leader

For Chinese-Americans in Washington, the only party in town on Wednesday night was the state dinner at the White House. The courtiers from the Chinese embassy and Hu Jintao's entourage from Beijing were joined by the glitterati of Chinese-American society.

Obama plays hardball – and ends up with 12 stitches in his lip

At the start of the month, Barack Obama got beaten up at the polls by his electoral opponents, the Republican party, and he ended a miserable November literally getting an elbow to the face, in a basketball game that left him needing 12 stitches for a split lip.

Barack Obama receives stitches after getting hit during basketball game

U.S President Barack Obama was accidentally elbowed in the face while playing basketball on Friday and received 12 stitches to his lip, the White House said.

The People Speak: History as told by the stars

Colin Firth is heading a group of actors and actresses dramatising key moments in Britain's past. He tells James Rampton why it will enthral a new generation

White House 'muzzled own scientists over oil spill fears'

The White House was facing allegations yesterday that it had muzzled its own scientists in the early days and weeks of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill so that the public would be ignorant of the potential scale of the environmental disaster that was unfolding.

Glee steps to heaven

As the first series of Fox's high-school hit is released on DVD, the cast tell James Rampton about the show's runaway success – and the thrill of discovering Gleeks in the White House

Leading article: No crisis in the White House

The departure of Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, to run for mayor of Chicago marks, more than any other single event, the end of the first chapter of the Obama presidency.

Conflict in the White House over the war on America's doorstep

Only time will show if Mexico is indeed sliding into drug-war anarchy like that which gripped Colombia in the 1980s. But President Obama's correction of his Secretary of State's suggestion that Mexico's crisis was beginning to resemble the Colombian one underlined one thing: the acute concern in America at events in its vitally important southern neighbour.

Archie Bland: The Obama administration’s most unlikeable moment yet

Perhaps you couldn’t blame the White House for acting quickly.

Amol Rajan: Is Rahm Emanuel on the way out?

Alex Spillius has a rather intriguing scoop in the Telegraph this morning, alerting the world to the possibility that the American President’s Chief of Staff may leave the White House before two years of Obama’s first term are up.

Reporter quits after saying Israelis should 'go home'

Just days after suggesting that Israelis should go "home" to Germany, Poland or the United States, Helen Thomas, 89, who for decades famously occupied a middle seat of the front row of the White House press room, was herself making an unexpected departure last night – from her job.

'Doctors used' to test effectiveness of waterboarding

A prominent physicians group claimed today that medical personnel were used to test and refine the effectiveness of "waterboarding" and other harsh interrogation techniques for terror detainees in US custody.

'Crashers' stopped near White House

White House "party crashers", Michaele and Tareq Salahi, were stopped by the Secret Service on Wednesday evening after their limousine attempted to pull in to a restricted area near the White House.

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