Musicians Common and John Legend address the audience after accepting the Oscar for Best Original Song “Glory”. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

“Tonight we honour Hollywood’s best and whitest – sorry brightest” – Host Neil Patrick HarrisRacial representation proved a particularly contentious i(...)

Well-known journalist David Carr has died aged 58. Photograph: Andrea Morales/The New York Times 0:51

David Carr, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times and th(...)

Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

Edward Snowden is now ’more socially connected than he has ever been in his life’, his lawyer Ben Wizner said in Dublin today. Photograph: The Guardian/EPA

Even before the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden of the NSA’s mass surveillance programmes, it was clear to those had been following closel(...)

The new documenary about Edward Snowden will open in the US later this month. Photograph: The Guardian/EPA

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who blew the whistle on the US government’s mass surveillance programs, has been (...)

Light brigade: Austin during SXSWi. Photograph: Michael Buckner/Getty

If you stop for a moment, say by the escalators in the cavernous convention centre in Austin, Texas, and try to take it all in, it makes no sense. (...)

Among friends: Edward Snowden supporters in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty
Enemies of the state

In the entrance hall to Berlin’s curvy House of World Cultures, the words of the US Founding Father Benjamin Franklin are chiselled in stone: “God (...)

A protester holds a placard calling for Germany to give political asylum to the fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, outside the seat of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin last month. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters
NSA officials consider Snowden amnesty
  • US
  • December 16, 2013, 16:04

National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the (...)

Journalist Glenn Greenwald (left) with his partner David Miranda in Rio de Janeiro’s international airport yesterday. Mr Miranda said he was questioned by six agents on his “entire life”. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

US officials did not ask the British government to question the partner of the journalist who first reported secrets leaked by US intelligence agency (...)

Journalist Glenn Greenwald (L) walks with his partner David Miranda in Rio de Janeiro’s International Airport today. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

British officials gave their US counterparts a “heads up” before detaining the partner of the journalist who first reported secrets leaked by fugitive(...)