Conservative US Senator Rand Paul announced Tuesday he is running for the Republican Party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential race. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.

US Sen Rand Paul declared himself a candidate for the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday, aiming to upset the political order in Washingto(...)

“It’s tough when it comes to dating profiles because we want someone who seems like an amazing person, but we also hopefully will have a relationship with this individual, so we want them to exist.”

If you want to succeed at online dating then drop the flash approach and get real.People looking for love online are less attracted to someone who is (...)

‘Obviously it was stupid to cycle with anything on the handlebars. Perhaps, for the first time in my life, I will learn from my own mistakes and start using a pannier.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Last Wednesday I was cycling into work with a bag slung over the handlebars. I was going at a fair clip when the bag swung into the wheel, got jamm(...)

Republican candidate Joni Ernst on the campaign trail in Newton, Iowa. Her campaign ad about growing up on a pig farm clicked with voters. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Pigs and poultry. On such parochial issues can the make-up of national governments be decided, even in countries as large as the United States. They c(...)

US president Barack Obama receives his ballot paper as he takes part in early voting in the Senate midterm elections at a polling station in Chicago. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

On Monday, Barack Obama went home to Chicago to vote. “I love voting,” he said as he cast his ballot early for the upcoming November 4th midterm el(...)

‘To Flannery O’Connor, faith was fragile and thinking you had lost your faith was “an experience that in the long run belongs to faith”.’ Photograph:  APIC/Getty Images

The American novelist and short-story writer Flannery O’Connor died 50 years ago on August 3rd. A significant voice in US fiction, she is also highly (...)

Yiyun Li: ‘Do you know that feeling of sadness when you glimpse an old part of a city that has been erased from history?’ Photograph: Drew Kelly/The New York Times

There is no prerequisite for becoming a writer, but in many ways Yiyun Li had the odds stacked against her. Born in Beijing in 1972, Li (...)

Skip the nightcap. Alcohol may help you fall asleep faster, but you may waken up more often and experience less restful sleep. Photograph: Getty Images

Recent studies show that the less you sleep, the more likely you are to be overweight. This link is seen in even young children. Staying up to the wee(...)

An artist’s graphic depicts Nasa’s Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars. Photograph: JPL-Caltech/Nasa/Reuters

Voyager 1 has crossed a new frontier, becoming the first spacecraft ever to leave the solar system, Nasa says.Thirty-six years after it was launched f(...)

Straight into limbo land

When Mia Barry went in for the 20-week scan on her second child she was told something was wrong with her baby’s feet. They thought it was talipes, th(...)

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