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'Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand was extraordinary'

Arizona choses official state gun

Welcome to Arizona; please shoot carefully. And if you really want to blend in with God-fearing locals, you may also want to be in possession of a cowboy hat, a sunburned neck, and at least one revolver, tucked into the waistband of your denim trousers.

Gabrielle Giffords and her journey back from the dead

Three months since she was shot in Tucson, the senator is ready to appear in public to wave off her astronaut husband

Giffords to watch husband blast off

Doctors have given approval for Gabrielle Giffords, the US congresswoman who was shot in the head, to travel to Florida to see her astronaut husband's space shuttle launch this week.

Tucson victims face suspect at hearing

Survivors of the multiple shooting in Tucson, Arizona, two months ago – which left US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords seriously injured – have come face-to-face with the suspect at a court hearing.

James Corrigan: Kaymer's rise to the top threatens new German stereotype: The masters of golf

For years in Germany it was social golf for an exclusive set, preserve of the hacking rich man, with all the gear and no idea. With Kaymer, it’s changing

Beer heir shunned after girlfriend's strange death

The scion of the family that for generations ran America's most famous brewery, Anheuser-Busch, seems to have ducked the threat of criminal prosecution following the death just before Christmas of his former-model girlfriend from a drug overdose in his own bed. But the disdain of his home town may now stick to him forever.

A slice of toast – and another step to recovery for Gabrielle Giffords

The congresswoman has made a fast start, but a marathon still lies ahead

Rupert Cornwell: More chastened Clinton than sunny Reagan, but a second term beckons

Barack Obama's State of the Union address, with its plea for bipartisanship and sober analysis of the problems facing the country, staked out the terrain for his 2012 bid for re-election bid, which – right now at least – he looks odds-on to secure.

Shot US politician's condition improves

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been taken from intensive care to a rehabilitation hospital in Houston, an encouraging step that came after doctors upgraded her condition from serious to good.

Shooting spree suspect Jared Loughner pleads not guilty

The suspect in the shooting of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords pleaded not guilty in court, the 22-year-old's first response to the charges.

Yes we can: speeches fit for a president

Behind many of the great orators of US politics – including Barack Obama – are great speechwriters. David Usborne reports

Tucson killings case could take years to reach courts

Jared Loughner, the man accused of killing six people during an assassination attempt against US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is due in court for a second appearance, but officials say it could take years for the case to progress through the courts.

Giffords' husband 'extremely hopeful' for recovery

Doctors prepared a US congresswoman who was shot in the head to leave behind the Arizona hospital where she dazzled them with her rapid recovery.

Wellwishers turn out as Giffords leaves hospital

An ambulance carried Gabrielle Giffords along a route lined with well-wishers holding flags yesterday, taking the congresswoman to a plane that will fly her to a Houston rehabilitation hospital and her next step in recovery.

Bicycle accident grounds US astronaut

An astronaut has lost his place on Space Shuttle Discovery's final voyage after being injured in a bicycle accident. Timothy Kopra suffered unspecified injuries on Saturday, six weeks before Discovery's planned lift-off. He is on indefinite sick leave.

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Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
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Homeless people keep mobile phones

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'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

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The acceptable face of the Emirates

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