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At a time when news sources are as diverse as they are and more globally connected than ever before, how can we know who to believe, if anyone?

At a time when news sources are as diverse as they are and more globally connected than ever before, how can we know who to believe, if anyone? Leonar(...)

Chilean President Gen Augusto Pinochet salutes during the Indendence Day celebration in Santiago, Chile on September 18th, 1985.

We are reminded today, on the 40th anniversary of the Gen Augusto Pinochet’s blood-sodden coup in Chile, of a cruel dictatorship that still casts a pa(...)

For half a century, Sir David Frost, who has died aged 74, was hardly ever off television, from 1960s satire on the BBC to encounters with the great a(...)

President Barack Obama is greeted at the Presidential Palace in Dakar, Senegal, recently. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

US president Barack Obama saw progress in Washington this week on three items on the wishlist of legislative changes planned for his second term: the (...)

A man stands in front of a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California. Voters there have strongly supported a measure to sharply curtail the number of medical such dispensaries  in Los Angeles. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

While we were busy eliminating smoking by making the packets look like cool posters from the golden era of Italian horror, something considerably more(...)

US president Barack Obama looks to see if it has  stopped raining during a news conference this week with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the Rose Garden at the White House. Obama answered questions on the IRS Justice Department invesigation. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Richard Nixon made no bones about it. He told the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to look into thousands of political opponents and even had it (...)

Benghazi blues

Second term US presidencies have a habit of going wrong, as Richard Nixon’s Watergate, Ronald Reagan’s Iran-Contra and Bill Clinton’s Monica Le(...)

Former president George Bush: “I’m comfortable with what I did,” he said. “I’m comfortable with who I am.” Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Former US president George W Bush, one of the most controversial presidents of the modern age, has said he is comfortable with(...)

Former adult film star Harry Reems, who played the male lead in the 1970's movie 'Deep Throat', has died at 65.  Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Porn actor Harry Reems, who made his name starring opposite Linda Lovelace in the 1972 movie Deep Throat, has died at the age of 65, according (...)

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