British actor Dominic West: after playing Iago and the English serial killer Fred West, he yearned for a more heroic role. “I was really keen to play a good guy, so this is the good guy I’m playing – a cheating husband.” Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

‘The Affair’, starring Dominic West, is the classic scenario of he said she said

“Gone Girl” starring Ben Affleck opened last weekend with the backdrop of cover-ups on NFL domestic violence.

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Julia Pierson prepares to testify before a White House committee last month. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Julia Pierson withheld crucial information and papered over fiascos at a vital agency

A Syrian refugee and her children are among the 140,000 people that have fled Kurdish villages in northern Syria to escape Islamic State attacks. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

The US looks past human rights in the Middle East as it woos the coalition

Willie Nelson. Comedian Bill Maher offered Colorado some tips on marijuana, such as avoidinbg selling novices kief – superconcentrated crystals so potent that they’re “harvested directly from Willie Nelson’s beard”. Photograph: Rick Olivier

Opinion: country singer’s tour bus ideal venue to discuss US marijuana laws

Pressure is on  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to resign. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

NFL commissioner is acting more like Nixon than like his courageous father

Actors Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen, who play Virginia Johnson and William Masters in ‘Masters Of Sex’. Photograph: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Opinion: repulsive William Masters was the opposite of Tony Blair and David Frost

Course of action: US president Barack Obama golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, Martha’s Vineyard, at the weekend. Photograph: Steven Senne/AP

Opinion: be a player on the world stage? I’d rather play golf, says our leader

Pallets of bottled water aboard a US Air Force aircraft in preparation for a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq. Photograph:  US Air Force, Staff Sgt Vernon Young jnr/AP

We’re in a new war in Iraq with some bad ‘folks’, as the president might say, whose name we’re still fuzzy on

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