Ralph Northam

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On October 29th, 2017 Juli Briskman gestures with her middle finger as a motorcade with US president Donald Trump departs Trump National Golf Course in Sterling, Virginia. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

The woman who lost her job after giving US president Donald Trump’s motorcade the middle finger in 2017 won a local government seat in Virginia in one(...)

 Democrat Andy Beshear was on course to win the gubernatorial race in Kentucky against Republican incumbent Matt Bevin. Photograph: Reuters

A series of state level elections across the United States has unnerved Republicans, a year out from the 2020 presidential race. On Tuesday voters in(...)

A screen grab from a handout video made available by Nasa taken from the International Space Station  showing Hurricane Dorian on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Nasa

Hurricane Dorian pounded the Bahamas on Monday, killing at least five people and inundating homes with floodwater ahead of its expected advance on the(...)

Virginia governor Ralph Northam speaks to the press about the mass shooting  in Virginia, Beach, Virginia. Photograph: Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty

The 12 people who were shot dead in a Virginia Beach government building have been remembered at a sombre news conference and prayer vigil in the city(...)

The statue of Robert E Lee which stood in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Driving through some southern states of America on a recent road trip, a peculiar feature of the urban landscape became apparent. In New Orleans a hu(...)

A statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee in Richmond, Virginia. Last month a Bill to grant local authorities the power to remove statues was defeated. Photograph: Salwan Georges/Washington Post via Getty Images

Two hours’ drive south of Washington DC, the factory chimneys and elevated rail tracks of Richmond appear on the horizon. The capital city of Virgini(...)

Liam Neeson:   the actor said in a subsequent TV interview for ABC that “you sometimes just scratch the surface and you discover this racism and bigotry and it’s there”. He should have known that for black people the surface is their own flayed skins. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Images have been rising from the depths of America’s consciousness like swamp creatures in a 1950s B-movie. They are ugly, violent and all about race.(...)

Virginia governor elect Ralph Northam (centre) celebrates with state Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (left) and attorney general Mark Herring at his election night rally in 2017. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

Virginia’s politics has been plunged into disarray after a third member of the Democratic state leadership became embroiled in a deepening set of scan(...)

Virginia governor-elect Ralph Northam (centre) celebrates with lieutenant governor-elect Justin Fairfax and attorney general Mark Herring at Mr Northam’s election night rally in Fairfax, Virginia, in November 2017. All three men are fighting for their political lives. Photograph:  Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

The political crisis in Virginia deepened on Wednesday when the attorney general admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s at a college party, becomi(...)

Virginia governor  Ralph Northam with  his wife, Pamela, at a news conference in the Governor’s Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond on Saturday. Photograph: Steve Helber/AP

Virginia governor Ralph Northam was on Sunday resisting calls to resign despite widespread outcry after racist photographs surfaced from his student d(...)

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