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Former US presidents  George HW Bush (left) and George W Bush at the dedication of the George W Bush Presidential Centre on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, last Thursday.  Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gutierrez

Barbara Bush is a word that rhymes with fright. She’s right. Asked on the Today show whethe(...)

Signs at a makeshift memorial  for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, near the marathon finish line. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

I’ve lived and worked on and off in the United States over the last 15 years. And I still don’t understand American attitudes to violence. Last Fri(...)

Indisputable torture
  • US
  • April 23, 2013, 08:18

The findings of a distinguished independent legal research and advocacy panel from the Constitution Project that the United States has practise(...)

“The greying man flashing fury in the White House rose garden on behalf of the Newtown families is not the same man who glided into office four years ago.” Photograph: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

The greying man flashing fury in the White House rose garden on behalf of the Newtown families, the grieving man wiping away tears after speaki(...)

The bar is quiet at first. Most, except for one rowdy table, are nursing a postwork drink, engaging in a little conversation with a neighbour o(...)

For a man who has just been introduced as a modern Isambard Kingdom Brunel or Henry Ford, the 41-year-old Elon Musk looks nervous and hesitant (...)

South Korean Marine K-55 self-propelled howitzers on positions during an exercise against possible attacks by North Korea near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju. Photograph: Ahn Young-joon/AP

Yes, it’s true - a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. But a “timeout” is also a terrible thing to waste, and as I look at the world today I w(...)

Soldiers of the US army 23rd chemical battalion check their gas masks for a demonstration of their equipment during a ceremony at Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, South Korea, yesterday. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP

North Korea has moved a missile with a “considerable range” to the east coast of the country but the weapon is not capable of (...)

Edith Windsor (centre) is mobbed by journalists and supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, yesterday. The court heard oral arguments in the case “Edith Schlain Windsor” challenging the constitutionality of the Defence of Marriage Act, the second case about same-sex marriage this week. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The US Supreme Court appeared to be in favour of repealing a 1996 federal law that denies legally married gay couples the same(...)

Anti-Proposition 8 protesters wave a rainbow flag in front of the US supreme court in Washington, yesterday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Among the gay rights supporters outside the US supreme court were a number colourfully dressed and dancing at an impromptu disco just yards fro(...)

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