The 1960s Watergate building is in line for a total refurbishment

Rupert Cornwell: In 2012, Nixon would probably have got away with it

Out of America: Today is the 40th anniversary of Watergate. How would the US deal with the scandal now?

'A charismatic, brash rising star in al-Qa'ida': Al-Libi recording a propaganda video in January 2008

Abu Yahya al-Libi: Libyan militant who rose to become second-in-command of al-Qa’ida

Abu Yahya al-Libi, al-Qa'ida's charismatic, media savvy, second-in-command was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan in the early hours of Monday morning. Upwards of 15 other suspected militants were also killed.

Rupert Cornwell: Gay rights sharpen the presidential divide

Out of America: As Obama backs same-sex marriage, allegations about Romney's schooldays will do little to win over moderate voters
Carl Bernstein (left) and Bob Woodward (right) with former 'Washington Post' executive editor Ben Bradlee

Editor's doubts on Watergate return to haunt old allies

New biography questions Bob Woodward's account of infamous Deep Throat meetings

Obama's secret service agents sent home after 'prostitution' probe

A dozen US Secret Service agents sent to Colombia to provide security for President Barack Obama at an international summit have been relieved of duty over alleged misconduct.

Press leaves PM out in the cold in New York

Diary: The US Visit

David Cameron and Barack Obama in London in May last year

Afghanistan top of the agenda for Cameron's trip to Washington

US visit set to start with agreement to end lead role in conflict – but more divisive issues lie ahead

In a field of its own: the Dillon Panthers are the springboard
for the drama in 'Friday Night Lights' - but the action extends way beyond the gridiron

Touchdown for a scorching saga

Friday Night Lights may be based around a high-school American football team, but this TV series is no saccharine teen drama, says Nick Clark – it's a vivid, very human treatise on small-town US life

In a field of its own: the Dillon Panthers are the springboard
for the drama in 'Friday Night Lights' - but the action extends way beyond the gridiron

Friday Night Lights: Touchdown at last for a scorching sporting saga

It may be based around a high-school American football team, but this TV series is no saccharine teen drama: it's a vivid, very human treatise on small-town US life

Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by nine points in a recent survey

Obama soars in the polls as Republicans bicker

While the contenders for the Republican presidential nomination hurl mud at each other, someone else has been quietly burnishing his own political credentials with the American public – and apparently with some effect.

Go east, young man: Thomas Asbridge presenting ‘The Crusades’ for BBC2

Robert Fisk: History keeps repeating itself – as do clichés

Same Old Story. Journalists shouldn't use the phrase, but what else can I say when I prowl through press reports? Take the following. "It is slowly dawning... that the Americans are really going home, that there will be a ceasefire in this country soon, and then a march to the US... planes." Iraq? Nope. Afghanistan? You'd be so lucky.

Suu Kyi gets green light for cabinet post

Burma's President Thein Sein has said that recent reforms in the country are irreversible, and even hinted that Aung San Suu Kyi – once one of the world's most celebrated political prisoners – could be given a cabinet post.

President Thein Sein has decisively moved out of the shadow of his predecessor Than Shwe

Burma reforms: No turning back says president

Burma's president vowed not to turn back on his country's democratic reforms as he urged the West to lift sanctions, and even dangled the possibility of giving opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi a cabinet post.

Richard Willson: Political cartoonist and environmentalist

Best known as a caricaturist, political cartoonist, advertising artist and illustrator, Richard Willson was also an active environmental campaigner both in Britain and overseas.

Jay Carney was asked by White House correspondents to soften tone

Obama's spin doctor bruises hacks with 'nastygrams'

Jay Carney's combative approach has led to formal complaints about profane language

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Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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It helps a winner keep on winning
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Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
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How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
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What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
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The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'