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 Katie Hill, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  Lauren Underwood  and Angie Craig: tracked Mitch McConnell to petition him to have a vote to reopen the government. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/New York Times

After I’d been writing a column for a few years, a male boss gave me a T-shirt depicting the Furies swooping. He didn’t mean it as a compliment. The(...)

File image of rapper Azealia Banks performing in California, US. File photograph: Richard Lui/The Desert Sun/AP

The US district court of northern California has granted a motion to subpoena the musicians Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) and Azealia Banks in the ongoi(...)

Twenty-year-old “Simone” fled Honduras after his two brothers were murdered. He now stays at a shelter in Tijuana with his wife and 18-month-old child. Photograph: Stephen Starr

On an empty, poorly lit street north of downtown Tijuana, a small group of people stand outside the high, galvanised entrance to the Youth Movement 20(...)

 Carol Channing performs during her one woman show, The First 80 Years are the Hardest,  in New York in 2005. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

Carol Channing, whose incandescent performances as the gold-digging Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in(...)

US speaker of the House Democrat Nancy Pelosi has her work cut out to discipline the world’s brattiest 72-year-old . Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Two men, sons of immigrants, rising to be the head of their own empires, powerful forces in their ethnic communities. Both dapper and mustachioed with(...)

Police officers investigate the shooting at a bowling alley in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California, in which three people died. Photograph: Reuters

A shooting incident at a California bowling alley has left three men dead and four injured, police said. The Torrance Police Department responded to (...)

 Nancy Pelosi is applauded after her election as speaker of the US House of Representatives on Thursday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Ebullient Democrats assumed control of the US House of Representatives on Thursday and elected Nancy Pelosi of California speaker, returning her to a (...)

  Agape Deng with her husband Tim Wang in Newmarket, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

When people ask Agape Deng where she comes from the answer is complicated. Born in Taiwan, she spent most of her childhood in Russia before moving to (...)

US president Donald Trump on Monday made another attempt to convince the US public that the federal government shutdown is the fault of Democrats. Photograph: Reuters

US president uses Fox News interview to blame Democrats for impasse as partial closure stretches into New Year’s Eve US president Donald Trump is “re(...)

 Eileen Battersby wrote about all aspects of the arts. Photograph: Alan Betson

The funeral of former Irish Times literary correpsondent Eileen Battersby is taking place in Drogheda this morning. Battersby (60) died on December 2(...)

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