Edward Longshore draped in an American flag stands outside the Silent Movie Theatre for a midnight screening of ‘The Interview’ in Los Angeles, California. The provocative comedy  went straight to US consumers  in an unprecedented online debut. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

‘The Interview,’ the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in midnight screenings in a smat(...)

Former model Mandy Rice-Davies has died after an illness at the age of 70. Rice-Davies was one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair. Models and showgirls Mandy Rice-Davies, (centre, right), and Christine Keeler, (behind), surrounded by press photographers as they leave the Old Bailey during the trial of Dr Stephen Ward, a major figure in the Profumo Affair. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

Mandy Rice- Davies — one of the women at the centre of the Profumo affair which rocked Harold Macmillan’s Tory government in the 1960s and contributed(...)

 Saffron Thomas, who is the daughter of Jules Thomas, Ian Bailey’s partner. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Jules Thomas’s daughter, Saffron Thomas, told the court she could not believe it when she learned that her mother and Ian Bailey had been arrested in (...)

President Barack Obama. “We tortured some folks,” he said at a White House news conference in August in his most explicit comments about the practices of his predecessor’s administration

The US government and embassies are bracing for a backlash as some of the darker practices in the so-called “war on terror” look set to be cast into a(...)

California Christmas: ‘We are beginning to build our own set of Christmas traditions in our new home, and importing as many of the old ones as we can’

Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit Sliding Doors as two versions of December unfold in my head: the version I’m actually having, and the version I sho(...)

Author Alain de Botton (R) makes notes during his week as writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport, west London, on August 20, 2009.

Internet research has convinced some we can know everything. But away from Google’s spoon dipped into Wikipedia’s stockpot, the idea of the mystery of(...)

Australian Phillip Hughes has died at the age of 25 after being struck by a short ball during a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the SCG 2:09

As an opening batsman, the Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who has died aged 25 after being struck by a ball while on 63 during a Sheffield Sh(...)

Actor Bill Cosby performs at At King Center for the Performing Arts in Florida  last night. Photograph: Getty

The uproar over allegations that Bill Cosby had molested or assaulted several women, in some cases years ago, was almost nowhere in evidence last nig(...)

Barack Obama holds up a hoagie sandwich at Taylor Gourmet after a discussion with small business owners at the restaurant in Washington DC in 2012. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Think of food and Washington DC, and it conjures the image of Frank Underwood, the Machiavellian politician in the Netflix drama House of Cards, de(...)

Shane McCoy on a US navy humanitarian mission to Ghana in 2004

It came down to a flip of a coin, and Shane McCoy won. On January 11th, 2002, McCoy was a 27-year-old photographer with the United States navy station(...)