West Point

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 Ulster head coach Dan McFarland: his side face Glasgow Warriors in the Pro14 semi-finals. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

West Point, for the uninitiated, is the United States Military Academy. Gregor Townsend took Dan McFarland to this hallowed fort on the Hudson river (...)

 Denver will become the first U.S. city to decriminalise the use of psilocybin, the psychedelic substance in ‘magic mushrooms.’ Photograph: AP Photo/Richard Vogel

Voters in Denver, a city at the forefront of the widening national debate over legalising marijuana, have become the first in the nation to effectivel(...)

Author Jim Collins: “I am at my core a teacher . . . I never started a firm, a big consulting firm, or a training firm, and I keep my own schedule really tightly limited.”

Jim Collins is telling the story of his grandfather, role model and namesake Jimmy Collins, “a truly heroic figure” who was a test pilot in the 1930s (...)

Three new faces in the Trump administration are US Representative from Kansas Mike Pompeo, retired lieutenant  general Michael Flynn, and Senator Jeff Sessions. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

US president-elect Donald Trump has continued to build his new administration with the appointment of three prominent supporters to key roles. Mr Tru(...)

Richard Nixon: he is depicted as an isolated and lonely man, consumed with hatred. Photograph:  Ellsworth Davis/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, the retired surgeon, blew his top last week, venting about how the media had twisted his words when he w(...)

The Baker Library of the Harvard Business School: The university’s title-winning debate team lost to a team made up of New York prison inmates. Photograph: Bloomberg/ Getty Images

Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York prison inmates. The showdown took place at the Eastern (...)

Matthew VanDyke: busy sending US military veterans to train Iraqis on the other side of the fight

The last time Matthew VanDyke saw US journalist James Foley, they were running through war-torn Aleppo in Syria avoiding snipers. Foley became the mo(...)

 Illinois  Republican congressman Aaron Schock: all-red office based on room in ‘Downton Abbey’. Photograph: Kris Connor/Getty Images

The corridors and coffee docks of Capitol Hill were abuzz this week with talk of excessive spending. No, it wasn’t the $4 trillion (€3.5 trillion) (...)

US soldiers at a base near Najaf, Iraq, in 2004. “The government does a very good job of sending people to war and a very poor job of bringing them home.”  Photograph: AP Photo/Saurabh Das

When I close my eyes, I can easily flash back to a time when it was cool to call people in uniform “pigs” and “baby killers.” If you had any family me(...)

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul in a video recording posted online on  July 5th.  Photograph: Reuters

When American forces raided a home near Fallujah during the turbulent 2004 offensive against the Iraqi Sunni insurgency, they got the hard-core milita(...)

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