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Why Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper wants to split California into six new states: "Gil Duran, a spokesman for California’s Democrat Governor Jerry Brown...added 'If you want to live in a Republican state with very conservative right-wing laws www.independent.co.uk
It is home to 38 million people, has one of the world’s top-10 economies, encompasses 164,000sq miles and contains more counties than England. It has forests, farmland, deserts, mountains, several sprawling cities and 1,000 miles of Pacific coastline. In
Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country - Comment - Voices - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
How far is Saudi Arabia complicit in the Isis takeover of much of northern Iraq, and is it stoking an escalating Sunni-Shia conflict across the Islamic world? Some time before 9/11, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, once the powerful Saudi ambassador in Washingto
Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn - UK - News - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
The red hair gene could be on the way out as it is thought to be a response to cloudy weather in Scotland, something which the country could see less and less of.
The Hobby Lobby ruling was an attack on women’s sexual freedom - Comment - Voices - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
With yesterday’s Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court decided to exempt Hobby Lobby and other private, religiously owned firms from Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which requires employers to offer all forms of FDA-approved contraception in workers’ health
Congressman replaced with robot body double after secret Ukrainian execution, says opponent - Americas - World - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
A US congressman was replaced by a robot body double after he was secretly executed, and the results of a recent vote should be thrown out, his opponent has claimed.
Standing in front of rolling green fields with snow-capped mountains in the middle distance, the man in a cowboy hat and his daughter announce an “Alliance for a Strong America”.
NHS means British healthcare rated top out of 11 western countries, with US coming last - UK - News - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
Britain’s healthcare has been lauded as the best out of 11 of the world’s wealthiest countries, following a far-reaching study by a US-based foundation.
Facebook post of US embassy in Tel Aviv raising gay pride flag receives backlash of criticism from angry Americans - Middle East - World - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
The US embassy in Tel Aviv faced a backlash of criticism after it raised the rainbow flag next to the American flag above its office for the first time in history earlier this week.
Update June 4, 2014 at 11:55 a.m. ET: Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) has joined the small but growing club of politicians who have deleted tweets initially sent in support of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release. Rep. Lynch is the first Democrat to do so, ac
Chilean activist destroys student debt papers worth $500m - Americas - World - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
An activist in Chile has burnt documents representing $500 million (£300 million) worth of student debt during a protest at Universidad del Mar.
White House lawyers ‘unable to find’ critical Iraq letter from Tony Blair telling George Bush: ‘I’m with you whatever’ - Home News - UK - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
A letter sent by Tony Blair to George Bush that is “critical” to the Iraq Inquiry has gone missing from official White House records, it has been reported.
Lost? The Tea Party has already won, and its influence will be felt for years to come - Comment - Voices - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
Have the Republicans come to their senses at last, and put the Tea Party in its place? Read the headlines and listen to the talking heads last week and you'd be tempted to believe it. But, I would counsel, not so fast.
US foreign policy: President defends his 'Obama doctrine' where military intervention is a last resort www.independent.co.uk
Was it less than five years ago that Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, thrust upon him by a Scandinavian committee convinced, like so many others, that this cool and articulate new American president - so different from his cowboy predecessor -
Trouble brewing for the Tea Party: Cuts in the number of televised primary debates are Republicans' latest attempt to gain the upper hand in intra-party civil war. www.independent.co.uk
The leadership of the Republican Party is set to push through strict new rules slashing the number of televised primary debates for the 2016 presidential race as part of a wider and increasingly blatant strategy to weaken the sway in its ranks of the Tea
US accuses Israel of ‘alarming, even terrifying’ levels of spying - Americas - World - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
Friends do not spy on friends. That illusion about America’s attitude to its allies was conclusively debunked by Edward Snowden’s revelations about America’s National Security Agency and its British partner in global electronic eavesdropping, GCHQ. But by
The man they forgot to lock up: Mike Anderson was sentenced to 13 years in jail, but the police never came - Americas - World - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
It might have been better for Mike Anderson of Missouri if he had been sentenced to life instead of 13 years when he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000. That way the time for his release would never have arrived and, more importantly, no one would hav
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg offers $50m of his own money to bankroll gun control lobby: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.” www.independent.co.uk
Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has vowed to plough up to $50m (£30m) of his own money into a new organisation to support political candidates favouring gun control in the US and confront the political power of the Nation
Sweden launches campaign to spread peace, love and democracy - through videogames - News - Gadgets & Tech - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
The Swedish government has launched an initiative which it claims will spread values of democracy and creativity throughout the world – via the medium of video games.
Shooting dead of homeless camper sparks outrage against Albuquerque police - the department that kills more people than the NYPD - Americas - World - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
Captured by a video camera on one of the officer’s helmets, the slaying by Albuquerque police of a homeless camper in the foothills outside the city two weeks ago apparently leaves room for interpretation. The city says it was justifiable self-defence. To
Lord Justice Fulford ‘campaigned to support PIE paedophile group’ - Home News - UK - The Independent www.independent.co.uk
One of Britain’s most senior judges campaigned to provide legal support for a paedophile group which was trying to lower the age of consent to four, it has been claimed today.