News Carl Lewis has accused Chris Christie of intimidation

Chris Christie, the embattled governor of New Jersey whose hopes for presidential nomination have been hit by revelations of alleged politically-motivated lane closures and misspending of federal aid, was dealt a new blow last night after the former Olympic sprint and long jump champion Carl Lewis accused him of “intimidation”.

A demonstrator puts on a prison-style jumpsuit as she joins a protest beside a mock drone at the gates of Fort McNair where President Barack Obama will speak at the National Defense University in Washington

President Barack Obama defends US drone strikes - but moves to rein them in as Guantanamo Bay closure rears its head again

US President seeks to assuage anger – at  home and abroad – over unmanned flight attacks

Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has admitted that the US military is facing a 'crisis' after a series of sexual abuse cases

US military forced to face ‘crisis’ over sexual assault cases

A draft bill will break the usual chain of command for sex abuse

'A massive and unprecedented intrusion': Associated Press condemns US government for seizing journalists' telephone records without explanation

The Associated Press news agency has condemned the US government for the unexplained seizure of records of telephone calls made by its journalists.

Police stand by their armoured vehicles as a car burns following violence east Belfast in January

Northern Ireland's top policeman gives wake-up call on paramilitaries

Security sources say they would not be surprised if dissidents were to stage an incident during G8 summit

Sex scandal Republican, Mark Sanford, returns to House of Representatives

The former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, who left office after a sex scandal, has made a stunning comeback to win a seat in the House of Representatives.

Paperback review: Breakdown, By Sara Paretsky

A group of teenage girls holds an initiation ceremony to the Vampire Society in a Chicago cemetery at midnight.

Review: Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, By david Sedaris

One owl, not much about diabetes

A man cries at a site hit by what activists said was a Scud missile in Aleppo's Ard al-Hamra neighbourhood, in this 23 February 2013 file photo. The United States believes with varying degrees of confidence that Syria's regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale, the White House said on Thursday

David Cameron says evidence 'growing' that chemical weapons used in Syria

But PM said it was unlikely it would lead to British troops on the ground

Obama's digital attack dogs

The Dutch–British composer, John Ewbank, was forced to withdraw his work amid vitriol from tens of thousands of online protesters claiming the song sounded like North Korean propaganda.

Composer sounds the wrong note with official anthem for swearing-in of Holland’s future king

The Dutch–British composer of an official anthem intended for the swearing-in of Holland’s future king, Willem-Alexander, was forced to withdraw his work today amid vitriol from tens of thousands of online protesters and claims that the song sounded like North Korean propaganda.

President Barack Obama delivers a speech on gun control at the University of Hartford

US gun control: Sandy Hook was meant to have changed America. Then politics got in the way

Fearful of electoral defeat, members of President's own party help shoot down gun control bill

Dutch king-in-waiting faces pressure to take pay cut

Prince Willem-Alexander does not ascend to the Dutch throne for another two weeks, but pressure is already growing on him to take a pay cut in these times of austerity, with a survey showing that 70 per cent of people think he should earn less than his mother.

Bin Laden son-in-law trial may be delayed by cuts

The impact of $85bn (£55bn) of spending cuts, which began hitting the American economy at the beginning of March, was felt inside a New York courtroom this week, when it emerged that the trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law could be delayed because of the fiscal impasse in Washington.

Kamala Harris has accepted an apology from Barack Obama

Kamala Harris 'compliment' that leaves Barack Obama eager to shake off sexism tag

President apologises for referring to attorney-general as 'good-looking'

Excluded: Republicans have done too little to attract minority voters

Scary and out of touch – how the Republicans see themselves

Out of America: The GOP is finally acknowledging that it has to detoxify if it's to have any hope of regaining the White House

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?