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Briefly united, America falls silent in grief and remorse

From the steps of the Capitol to a street corner in Tucson, and even aboard the Space Station, Americans everywhere paused yesterday for a minute of silence to honour those slain and wounded in Saturday's shooting rampage in Arizona. It was needed national therapy – soothing, shared but too quickly over.

Suspect in Arizona shootings appears in court

A troubled 22-year-old college dropout made his first court appearance on Monday on five federal charges, including the attempted assassination of US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who remained in critical condition.

Remarkable signs of life in shot Congresswoman

The congresswoman shot in the head when a gunman opened fire at a political gathering in Tucson was said to be showing remarkable signs of life and mental activity last night, as the police search for a second suspect in the shooting intensified.

Toxic political climate blamed for shooting

A new reality in American politics was taking shape yesterday as members of Congress, commentators and ordinary citizens saw ominous connections between the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson and the sometimes inflammatory atmosphere seen of late in this country's political discourse.

Gabrielle Giffords is the victim of a debased political culture

One could be shocked, but hardly surprised, by the news that on Saturday morning the Arizona congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, had been shot while meeting with her constituents outside a Safeway supermarket in suburban Tucson, and that the gunman had killed six of the people who were with her, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl. It was an event that seemed to grow out of America's present disturbed and angry climate, like a killer-tornado or hurricane: awful, yes, but part of the weather, and, in some sense, only to be expected.

Shot congresswoman able to communicate

A congresswoman shot in the head in an assassination attempt that killed six others is able to respond to doctors' commands, a surgeon said tonight.

Details of suspect in US rampage slowly emerge

An initial portrait of the man accused of shooting Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head in an attack that also killed six people outside a Tucson grocery store slowly began to emerge, as authorities described a young man with a troubled past and neighbors recalled a 22-year-old who often kept to himself.

US Congresswoman shot in gun rampage

Representative who beat Tea Party rival 'gravely wounded' in shopping mall bloodbath that leaves at least six dead

US congresswoman critical after shooting

US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and a number of other people were injured today when an assailant opened fire as the Democrat was meeting with constituents in Arizona, congressional officials said.

Superb Poulter back in the desert swing

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Sam Wallace: Emenalo may soon discover that some opportunities really are just too good to be true

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Asteroid ocean strike 'could strip away ozone layer'

A medium-sized asteroid plunging into the ocean would destroy much of the ozone layer, leaving the Earth exposed to dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation, it was claimed today.

Terry O'Neill: The East End boy who shot the stars

Terry O'Neill's portraits epitomise the swinging Sixties and stylish Seventies. Ahead of a new exhibition, he tells Charlotte Cripps the tales behind his favourite photographs

Paul Casey and Ian Poulter raise hopes of Europe US Open victory

Two English professionals who came into this US Open with low expectations will start today’s second round riding high on the leaderboard. Paul Casey and Ian Poulter raised hopes of a first Europe victory for 40 years in the game’s toughest major with gutsy displays on a layout which is as demanding as it is picturesque.

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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