Dermot Kennedy performing at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Jesse DeflorioTwitter

Even past its peak, the annual South by Southwest Music Festival was a prodigious thing, with some 2,000 acts performing in clubs, theatres, hote(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte whose  governing centre-right VVD party easily beat the anti-immigration party of Geert Wilders in an election. Photograph: EPA

Dutch centre-right prime minister Mark Rutte scored a resounding victory over anti-Islam and anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, offeri(...)

Colorado has one of the most developed marijuana industries in the US with 10 companies  accounting for 25% of the  local market. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

In the 1942 film Devil’s Harvest, a private investigator goes after criminals who are corrupting America’s youth by “spreading the weed of Satan”. Th(...)

  Hillary Clinton: The Democratic presidential nominee is looking at the potential to expand her electoral map. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowsk/AFP/Getty Images

The implosion of Donald Trump’s presidential bid, from his boasts about sexually assaulting women to the allegations that he sexually assaulted women,(...)

Cyclists on a JSV SF Startup Ride, a group with many members who work in the tech industry. In the highly competitive and communal tech industry, cycling is taking the place of golf as both an individual obsession and a camaraderie builder. Photograph: Laura Morton/The New York Times

Thinking he needed to take up a “California sport,” Greg Gretsch started cycling in 1988, when he moved to the Bay Area to work in marketing at Apple (...)

The reef, no sooner found, is said to be in grave danger. According to the paper, the Brazilian government has sold 80 blocks for oil exploration and drilling at the mouth of the Amazon. Photograph: by Mario Tama/Getty Images

A huge 9,300 sq km coral reef system has been found below the muddy waters off the mouth of the river Amazon, astonishing scientists, governments and (...)

Adnan Khashoggi: Saudi billionaire negotiated billions of dollars in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in the 1970s and played “a central role for the US government” with CIA operatives in selling guns to Iran, according to a 1992 US Senate report co-written by then-Senator John Kerry, now the US secretary of state. Photograph: Getty Images

One day during his presidential re-election campaign in September 1996, Bill Clinton walked into a room in Westin Crown Center hotel in Kansas City. A(...)

Phil Mickelson is presented with the green jacket in 2004 by the previous year’s Masters winner, Mike Weir. Photograph: Inpho/Getty

Some topics never go away at the Masters. One of them is the many things that newly crowned champions do with the green jackets they are awarded. For(...)

Between 15 per cent and 40 per cent of dumped plastic enters the ocean each year, according to a survey in the journal ‘Science’. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Nearly nine million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans every year – much more than previously thought – and about one-third of it com(...)

 Running back Todd Gurley of the Georgia Bulldogs is getting  a  free  college  education in return for bringing his considerable talents to bear for the Bulldogs every autumn.   Photograph: Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

Todd Gurley is routinely described as a freak of nature: he’s 6ft 1in, tips the scales at 16½ stone and has run the 100-metre in 10.7 seconds. Gurley(...)

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