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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The air strikes were tragically real

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How did our legends really begin?

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A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on