Racist gang leader sent to death row

A jury has sentenced the leader of an anti-immigrant group to death for the murder of a young girl and her father, in what prosecutors said was an attempt to steal drug money to fund the group's activities.

Ne-Yo sued by manager

Ne-Yo is being sued by his former personal manager, for the second time in five years.

Anne Tyler's Baltimore: Where Charm City meets 'The Wire'

One way of describing Baltimore among the great cities of the north-eastern US seaboard is by making clear what the place isn't. It has none of New York's size and cultural flash. It doesn't have Boston's conceits, or Philadelphia's chip on the shoulder. It is mercifully free of the self-importance of Washington DC, 40 miles and half a universe away to the southwest. On the other hand, it has everything – including its own resident muse.

Body of Pentagon official in landfill site

police in Delaware are investigating the murder of a former Pentagon official after his body was found in a rubbish dump.

David Miliband may be ambassador to US

David Miliband, the former foreign secretary, could be offered the post of British ambassador in Washington, it was reported last night.

Government warned about possible Wikileaks release

The Government has been briefed by US authorities about the expected release of sensitive diplomatic files on whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Downing Street confirmed today.

Mary Dejevsky: A nation's success is defined by much more than its GDP

If I were a French politician, I would demand an apology from the US and Britain for the self-righteous lectures about economic growth they delivered during their credit-fuelled boom

Chandra Levy murder trial to begin at last

Jury selection began yesterday for the trial of an illegal immigrant from El Salvador that may finally answer a mystery haunting Washington DC for more than nine years: who killed Chandra Levy?

Rupert Cornwell: 'Jerk' mayor that Washington loves to hate

Out of America: Adrian Fenty delivered the goods, but he's likely to be ousted this week thanks to the vagaries of politics in the US capital city

Settlers reveal deep disdain for events in Washington

Yaniv Mor, 30-year-old father of a one-month-old baby girl, and a settler was blunt: "We don't care about Washington. Nothing will come out of it, like always. This is a war of religions – we want everything, they want everything. There is no way there will ever be agreement. That is the reality."

Police finally capture 'Barefoot Bandit'

A teenager who allegedly stole cars, boats and planes to dodge US law enforcement for two years has finally been captured in the Bahamas, bringing an end to exploits that made the "Barefoot Bandit" a folk hero.

Mutineer named as army head

Guinea-Bissau has named a former army mutineer who once threatened to kill the country's prime minister as the new head of its armed forces. The decision to appoint General Antonio Injai as chief of staff comes less than a week after the West African nation was warned by the US against having mutineers in positions of power.

New PM pledges to rebuild economy

Naoto Kan, a straight-talking campaigner who rose to become one of Japan's most popular politicians, has been elected the country's new prime minister.

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