Judy Collins: ‘When I found folk music, I also found drinking’

The 82-year-old US folk singer talks through her teenage years, from mental health struggles to wondrous romance in the Rocky mountains I’d been playing the piano since I was five, and by the time I was 15 I was memorising Rachmaninov concertos. But Barbara Allen, recorded by Jo Stafford, turned me towards the music that […]

Florida governor signs new restrictive bill in ‘blatant attack on right to vote’

Latest Republican-backed voting restriction to become law limits voting by mail and ballot drop boxes The Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, has signed a bill imposing new limits on voting by mail and using ballot drop boxes, the latest Republican-backed voting restrictions to become law in a US election battleground state. The White House swiftly criticized […]

‘They’re chilling’: endangered condors take up residence outside California woman’s home

More than 15 rare birds, whose population is at about 160 in the state, showed up at Cinda Mickol’s home – and they’ve made a mess Giant California condors are rare – but not at Cinda Mickols’ home. More than 15 condors, an endangered bird whose population hovers at around 160 in the state and […]

‘I became trapped in my Americanness’: China, the US and me

I’ve long nursed vague plans of moving back to China for a few years, to solidify my place there. But with each year that passes in the US, such a move gets harder and harder to make My grandfather died on 25 August 2020, Chinese Valentine’s Day. I believe it was peaceful. He had been […]

Tweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’

Limited data from small test trial shows positive results against South Africa and Brazil strains Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The first “tweaked” vaccine against the worrying coronavirus variants that emerged in South Africa and Brazil has successfully neutralised them in laboratory trials, the US company Moderna has said. The results […]

Peloton recalls treadmills in US over safety concerns after child dies

Recall is a major reversal for company that insisted its treadmills were safe despite dozens of reported injuries The fitness company Peloton is recalling its two popular treadmills in the US over safety concerns after the death of a child and dozens of other injuries. Peloton has apologized for pushing back against federal safety officials […]

Native American tribe gives surplus vaccines to First Nations relatives in Canada

Effort by Blackfeet tribe illustrates the disparity with which the US and its northern neighbors are distributing doses The Blackfeet tribe in northern Montana has provided about 1,000 surplus vaccines to its First Nations relatives and others in Canada, in an illustration of the disparity in speed at which the US and its norther neighbor […]

Facebook ruling on Donald Trump ban: five key takeaways

The oversight board has ruled that the former president must remain suspended for now but also asserted its independence The US supreme court is defined by Marbury vs Madison, an 1803 case in which the court ruled that it had the power to strike down laws. It was a pivotal moment for the court, less […]

‘You can be kicked out any time’: US immigrants’ lives upended by Covid

Many foreign-born workers have lost their jobs to the pandemic – and strict new visa rules have raised the threat of removal When Swaraj lost his job amid the recession last year, it triggered a ticking time bomb. Suddenly, he had to either find a different employer to sponsor his visa or return to India, […]

Alan McLoughlin, former Republic of Ireland midfielder, dies aged 54

FAI confirms the news of former player’s passing McLoughlin won 42 caps for Republic during career Alan McLoughlin, the man whose goal took the Republic of Ireland to the 1994 World Cup finals in the US, has died at the age of 54. The former Portsmouth midfielder revealed in March he was preparing to undergo […]

Thousands of Afghans flee as fighting erupts after US troop withdrawal begins

Fighting between government forces and the Taliban has broken out in Helmand province Thousands of Afghans have fled their homes in Helmand province as fierce fighting between government forces and the Taliban erupted after the US military began withdrawing its remaining troops. Afghan forces pushed back a string of insurgent attacks on checkpoints across the […]

Fear of rising interest rates sends shares tumbling in both US and Europe

Comments from US treasury secretary sends tremors through already jittery financial markets Fears of rising interest rates to dampen inflationary pressure as the global economy bounces back from Covid-19 has sent shares tumbling on both sides of the Atlantic. Comments from the US treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, that a modest increase in borrowing costs might […]

Rich nations’ climate targets will mean global heating of 2.4C – study

Rise is a 0.2C improvement on previous forecast but still substantially above goal of Paris climate agreement New climate targets announced by the US and other rich nations in recent weeks have put the world on track for global heating of about 2.4C by – the end of the century, research has found. That is […]

Zoë Wanamaker: ‘I Love Lucy was gentle – but naughty’

The My Family and Shadow and Bone actor recalls the US sitcoms that shaped her comedic tastes and career We moved from the US to the UK when I was a child, and so we used to watch a lot of US sitcoms. My mother loved The Phil Silvers Show and I Love Lucy – […]

Why do the Carters look so tiny alongside Joe Biden and his wife Jill in this picture?

You don’t need special gear to create this optical trickery. If you have an iPhone 11 or 12 you too can loom large over a former US president Hi Carly. As our resident photography expert, I have a question. Something about this photo featuring Joe and Jill Biden and former president Jimmy Carter and former […]

Biden says it’s time for richest Americans to pay ‘their fair share’ of taxes

President hit the road on Monday to promote infrastructure and welfare spending plans totaling about $4tn Joe Biden said it is time for corporations and the richest Americans to “start paying their fair share” of taxes as he hit the road on Monday in a concerted effort to promote his administration’s huge new infrastructure and […]

Way beyond Hadestown: the windswept rush of folk musicals

Inspired by Anaïs Mitchell’s underworld opera, Maz O’Connor and Finn Anderson are among those putting folk songs and stories into musical theatre In 2011, I watched a flock of British folk luminaries, led by US singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, perform Mitchell’s folk opera Hadestown at London’s Union Chapel. Ten years on, Hadestown has been a hit […]

‘A David and Goliath battle’: how Superstore became TV’s most subversive workplace comedy

The US sitcom about retail workers refusing to let their company crush their souls – or get them deported – is surprisingly revelatory Spoiler alert: this article contains spoilers for all six seasons of Superstore. The workplace sitcom is more popular than ever. During the coronavirus lockdowns of 2020, US audiences streamed 57 billion minutes […]

Biden increases US refugee cap to 62,500 amid backlash over initial plan – live

Turnaround after initial plan to keep number at 15,000 Liz Cheney says Trump’s election ‘big lie’ poisons democratic system Biden makes case for increasing taxes on corporations and wealthy ‘Ground zero of the opioid crisis’: drug giants on trial in West Virginia 10.27pm BST The Food and Drug Administration could authorize the use of the […]

Four dead and captain in custody as boat capsizes near San Diego

Officials believe boat was being used to bring migrants into US Boat reportedly overturned on rocks close to Point Loma Four people are dead and over a dozen are injured after a boat capsized close to San Diego Sunday morning. Officials believe the boat, which had at least 29 people onboard, was being used to […]

Two dead and 23 in hospital after boat capsizes off San Diego

Vessel overturns near Point Loma peninsula Officials suspect human smuggling operation Two people were killed and nearly two dozen taken to hospital after a wooden boat capsized on Sunday during a possible human smuggling operation just off the San Diego coast, authorities said. Local lifeguards, the US coast guard and other agencies responded around 10.30am […]

Why are Apple and Epic going to court over Fortnite currency?

We look at the issues that led the two firms to pick a fight over content allowed on Apple’s App Store Apple and Epic Games will go head to head in court in front of a US federal judge on Monday, the latest stage in the Fortnite maker’s campaign to break open the iPhone’s walled […]

Tim Scott ‘hopeful’ deal can be reached with Democrats on US policing reform

Only Black Republican senator touts talks progress Andrew Brown: protesters say police ‘push town to riot mode’ Tim Scott, the Republican senator leading negotiations with Democrats over police reform, who insisted during his rebuttal to Joe Biden’s address to Congress the US was not a racist country, said on Sunday he was “hopeful” a deal […]

Afghan forces face ‘bad possible outcomes’ against Taliban – US general

Mark Milley overseeing withdrawal by 11 September Biden marks 10th anniversary of killing of Osama bin Laden Car bomb kills at least 21 as US prepares to withdraw troops Afghan government forces face some “bad possible outcomes” against Taliban insurgents as the withdrawal of American and coalition troops accelerates in the coming weeks, the top […]

Biden stakes claim to being America’s most pro-union president ever

The president’s decision to set up a taskforce to boost union membership is of a piece with other efforts in his first 100 days Just over 100 days into his presidency Joe Biden is showing that he is one of the most pro-union presidents in American history, declaring the “unions built the middle class” in […]

Airlines pray ‘green listing’ of US will see Big Apple breaks take off

Speculation over where Britons could fly after 17 May is rife, but hopes are on lucrative transatlantic routes to fill empty coffers In another torrid year for the aviation industry, the coming month of May offers a little hope. The red-letter day in every UK airline executive’s diary is 17 May, from which international leisure […]

Game of Thrones actor Esme Bianco sues Marilyn Manson over abuse allegations

Bianco accuses musician of sexual, physical and emotional abuse after bringing her to US under false pretences The Game of Thrones actor Esme Bianco is suing Marilyn Manson, alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Bianco says Manson violated human trafficking laws by bringing her to […]

‘It’s just the beginning’: Covid push to digital boosts big tech profits

Apple, Google owner Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft raked in money in first quarter Big tech is on a roll. In every minute of the first three months of 2021, Apple, Google owner Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft sold products and services worth about $2.5m (£1.8m) combined. Profits before tax for the period came in […]

‘I’m not selling’: what happens when an Australian town is consumed by a US coalminer?

Col Faulkner, 68, owns the only house in Wollar that hasn’t been bought up by US-based miner Peabody Bev Smiles usually turns up at least an hour before the start of any functions at Wollar’s community hall – a spot for many a dance and committee meeting over the years. “We have to get in […]