Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, was warmly received at a major US conference of conservatives with a message denouncing EU immigra(...)

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu looks on as US president Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House  on March 3rd, 2014. The relationship between Israel and the US ‘has never been so terrible as it is today’, according to Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security adviser. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

When US president Barack Obama’s national security adviser sat down with her Israeli counterpart at the White House last week, she upbraided him over (...)

Benedict Cumberbatch: with regard to his use of the word ‘coloured’, surely we have to allow that intention matters.  And here he was fairly blameless. Photograph: Danny Moloshok/Files/Reuters

Benedict Cumberbatch issued an apology last week after he used the word “coloured” on US TV when talking about the lack of diversity in British cin(...)

Hosts Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone announce ‘American Sniper’ as one of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The success of Clint Eastwood’s new movie American Sniper at the US box office has reignited the political debate about the Iraq War. The discussion i(...)

A photo with victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in late 2012. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

My children played a new game at school the other day. It was called Code Red. It was a game, but it wasn’t supposed to be fun. “The teacher pu(...)

Republican US senator Pat Roberts cradles a baby after speaking at a Conservative Revival in Gardner, Kansas. Photograph: Dave Kaup/Reuters

Herbie Hopper is standing on a busy roadside in Wichita, Kansas, holding one end of a large yellow flag. It shows a picture of a coiled rattlesnake(...)

A police report released today detailed a brawl that broke out at an Anchorage house party and involved members of Sarah Palin’s family, including allegations that Bristol Palin punched the host several times in the face. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US police have released details of a drunken brawl at a birthday party in Anchorage last month involving the family of former Alaska governor and on(...)

Fans in Grant Park, Chicago, watch the US beat Ghana, a victory that elevated awareness of the game to a whole new level. Photograph: Getty Images

Mike Francesa might be the most famous sports talk radio host in America. For 25 years, this notorious curmudgeon has been the dominant voice on New Y(...)

A woman cries while meeting US president Barack Obama at the Coral Reef High School in Miami, Florida, last week. Photograph: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

If you can’t spell it, you can’t get it. President Barack Obama pulled a Quayle Thursday night at a White House performance by the women of sou(...)

“You could protest that cokeheads and blockheads go hand in hand; though which leads to which is hard to say. If you are on drugs, that could make your command of the facts a little hazy.” Photograph: Getty Images

Who makes a worse company chairman: one who is always scratching his head, or one who is off his head?I have been turning over the question of blockhe(...)