Patriot lame: Gerard Butler misfires in ‘Olympus Has Fallen’
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

FBI investigate secret recording of US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell planning mental health smear of opponent and actress Ashley Judd

McConnell's campaign team claim the recording is the result of bugging from the political left

Hollywood actors Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart (centre) with soldiers from F Company the Scots Guards at Wellington Barracks in London.

Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart visit British troops to promote Olympus Has Fallen

Hollywood heroes Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart dropped in to see British troops last night, ahead of a special screening of their new movie.

President Obama will forgo five per cent of his salary

Barack Obama forgoes 5% of salary to 'show solidarity' with government workers

Barack Obama is to forgo 5 per cent of his official salary in a move designed to show common cause with government workers hit by the so-called sequestration – budget cuts that are eliminating overtime for some and forcing others to take an unpaid leave of absence.

Councils spends £2m on a bus stop: for that price I'd want Mick Jagger singing 'Gimme Shelter'

Global austerity means that local councils and town mayors are having to cut their coats according to their cloth.

George Bush is the most expensive former president

George W Bush most expensive former president at $1.3m last year

He may have been out of office for four years, but George W Bush is still costing the US taxpayer a sizeable sum.

A Powerball form and purchased ticket

American dream ticket: After burglary and business fire, US immigrant Pedro Quezada's luck turns with $338m lottery win

A 44-year-old immigrant from the Dominican Republic has won a $338m (£222m) lottery jackpot in the US.

The comedian Stephen Colbert serves food with his sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, during a fund-raiser

Satirist's sister sets her sights on Washington – and her brother's barbs

Elizabeth Colbert Busch clinches nomination for Congressional seat

Small Georgia town planning to approve a measure mandating gun ownership

Less than three months on from the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the fervent calls for gun control that followed, a small Georgia town is on the cusp of approving a measure mandating gun ownership for every household.

International Women’s Day: fearless, female and a force to be reckoned with

Hey ladies, it’s our day today. Some might say that half the population need more than just 24 hours... and we’d agree. But with global events shedding light on women’s rights, and Michelle Obama recognising extraordinary heroines, it’s a small step in the right direction.

Professor Robert Richardson: Physicist and Nobel laureate

Professor Robert Richardson: Physicist and Nobel laureate

Robert C Richardson, who died from complications of a heart attack on 19 February at the age of 75, was a Cornell University professor who shared a Nobel Prize for a key discovery in experimental physics. He and his fellow Cornell researchers David Lee and Douglas Osheroff were awarded the Nobel for 1996 for their 1971 work on low-temperature physics involving the isotope helium-3.

Postcard from... Washington

Finally, downtown Washington is getting rid of the FBI. Not the organisation – what with cyber-crime, terrorism and shooting rampages, the services of the “Feds” are more in demand than ever – but the eyesore that is the Bureau’s headquarters.

Count your stars: David Price staggers to his feet after being knocked down

Boxing: David Price is left stunned by early clip around the ear

David Price's world – and perhaps his world heavyweight title ambitions – came crashing down in the Liverpool Echo Arena last night when the previously undefeated British champion was sensationally beaten in two rounds by American veteran Tony Thompson.

Leaks found in underground tanks holding radioactive and toxic waste at US's Hanford nuclear site

Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the most contaminated US nuclear site are leaking.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links