A new study has found that  obese people typically lower their risks of heart disease and premature death far more by gaining fitness than by dropping weight or dieting. Photograph: iStock

For better health and a longer life span, exercise is more important than weight loss, especially if you are overweight or obese, according to an inte(...)

US first lady Jill Biden has been teaching for 36 years and has four degrees. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

Jill Biden has gone to great lengths to keep her status as a political spouse under the radar from her students, to whom she is known simply as “Dr B”(...)

The statue of the Confederate general Robert E Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

A Virginia judge has ruled that local authorities in Charlottesville cannot remove two Confederate statues because they are war memorials protected b(...)

Otto Warmbier on his way to North Korea’s top court in Pyongyang. Photograph: Kyodo/via Reuters

The parents of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after being detained in North Korea, have said that Kim Jong-un’s regime was responsible f(...)

 A car  is driven into  protesters demonstrating against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on  August 12th, 2017.  One woman, Heather Heyer, died and  19 were  injured. Photograph: AP

Less than three hours' drive southwest of Washington DC, the highway reaches the small city of Charlottesville. Located in the heart of Virginia near(...)

Torch-bearing white nationalists rally around a statue of Thomas Jefferson near the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville last August. File photograph: Edu Bayer/The New York Times

The organiser of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left an anti-fascist activist dead last summer, has been granted permi(...)

David Browne pictured at the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There was little doubt David Browne would follow a road familiar to his ancestors and become an architect. Even as he started secondary school in Clon(...)

Dylan Farrow repeated her charges against Woody Allen in a tearful interview last month on CBS

Soon after Rolling Stone published a sensational – and, as it turned out, false – account of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fr(...)

Lee Harvey Oswald with Dallas police officers in  November 1963. Photograph:  Dallas police department/Reuters

Allegations that Lee Harvey Oswald was connected to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were “totally unfounded”, say newly released documents re(...)

Partial records from long-secret files relating to the 1963 assassination of President John F Kennedy have been released — capturing the frantic days (...)

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