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Michael Cohen, US president Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, testifies before the House of Representatives oversight committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

First there was Ivana. Then there was Marla. Now comes trouble in paradise with Kim. Last fall, Trump cooed that the North Korean dictator wrote him (...)

Fire fighters attack the Thomas Fire’s north flank with backfires as they continue to fight a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles, near Ojai , California. Photograph: Gene Blevins/Reuters

Firefighters hope to gain further control on Tuesday of a wildfire, the fifth-largest in California’s history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry (...)

‘Mexico could turn a symbol of restriction into one of freedom and imagination, and its northern states, such as Sonora, Chihuahua and Coahuila, which share the longest stretches of border with America, could turn concrete into gold.’ Above, the border fence that separates the US and Mexico. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

If the Americans start digging a foundation for a wall across their southern border, then spades might become trumps for the Mexicans, who have the ch(...)

Seabass ceviche with quinoa salad. Photograph: Donal Skehan

I’ll be honest, our Los Angeles to San Francisco pacific coast road trip got off to a rocky start. The dreamy idea of leisurely freewheeling up one of(...)

Preservation laws have protected much of the original architecture from Santa Barbara’s 18th-century Spanish mission roots

In Race of a Lifetime, Mark Halperin’s and John Heileman’s account of the 2008 US presidential elections, the story is told of how the McCain campaig(...)

The Hilton Hotel in Manhattan: some 47,000 visitors did not stay in hotels in New York on New Year’s Eve last year, but opted to stay in properties rented through Airbnb

On New Year’s Eve in New York, 47,000 visitors did not stay in hotels, opting instead for properties rented through Airbnb. There are about 113,000 ho(...)

Richard Brautigan gives the women in his life more than a mere credit: his “muses” are right up there on the front of the books with him, getting equal billing, such as Michaela Blake-Grand on the cover of Trout Fishing in America; San Francisco 1966. Photographs: Erik Weber

“You can’t judge a book by its cover!” – Really? – Who says? I’ve never really understood the above phrase: in my experience you very often can(...)

Philip Grant, the Consul General of Ireland for the western United States has described the New York Times article about the Berkeley tragedy that offended many Irish as ‘hurtful’.

The Irish Consul General in San Francisco has described the New York Times article about the Berkeley tragedy that offended many Irish as “hurtful,” s(...)

A screengrab of the article in the New York Times which has caused offence in Ireland.

The New York Times has apologised for an article on the Berkeley balcony tragedy, admitting some of the language used “could be interpreted as insensi(...)

The late Miss Honduras, Maria Jose Alvarado (above) was to have flown to London this week to compete in the Miss World pageant - the high point of her reign. Photograph: EPA/STR

A man has told police he killed Miss Honduras and her sister in a jealous rage because the latter, his girlfriend, danced with another man.The bodies(...)

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