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article 04 February 2014 Culture, United States
Philip Seymour Hoffman death heroin use United States
by Philip Seymour Hoffman death highlights heroin spike

The untimely death at the weekend of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has drawn attention to the unprecedented rise in the use of heroin across the United States.

article 28 January 2014 World, United States
Obama State of the Union 2014
by State of the Union: Obama's middle class promise

The economy has never been better - but his approval ratings have never been lower. As Barack Obama prepares for his State of the Union address tonight, what can he hope to achieve?

article 24 January 2014 World, United States
Bill de Blasio New York mayor inequality
by NY mayor de Blasio pledges radical change

In charge of America's biggest city, with a budget of 45bn, New York's new mayor Bill de Blasio is less than a month into his job. So how is his fight against inequality going so far?

article 06 December 2013 World, South Africa
Mandela and Tutu at truth commission (getty)
by The power of forgiveness: Mandela's legacy to the world

"The time for the healing of the wounds has begun." There was to be no revenge, no retribution. Instead Mandela showed the world another way to truth and justice: forgiveness.

article 17 November 2013 World
Barack Obama (getty)
by Obama's credibility on the line over healthcare fiasco

It was the flagship achievement of his presidency: now amid the disaster of his health care rollout - President Obama is fighting to restore some credibility - as his ratings drop through the floor.

article 15 October 2013 Culture
chocolate bars by Valrhona (getty)
by Bitter or sweet? The ethics of your chocolate snack

It's "chocolate week", that annual celebration of all things indulgent and sweet. But has chocolate finally overcome its darker history - from child trafficking to crop-ravaged land?

article 09 October 2013 Business
Duffin at Beas
by Baking bad - how Starbucks provoked a duffin backlash

Is it a doughnut? Is it a muffin? No - it's a David vs Goliath trademark dispute as the owner of a small London bakery chain takes on the might of Starbucks UK over a recipe she claims as her own.

article 01 October 2013 World, United States
negotiations ahead of shutdown (getty)
by US government shuts its doors - so what next?

Closed for business: 800,000 federal workers are sent home without pay as Republicans and Democrats fail to agree a budget. So what happens next? Crisis - or compromise?

article 30 September 2013 World, United States
Capitol Hill (getty)
by US government shutdown looms as Republicans go to the edge

It is crisis governance with the entire American economy at stake. Republicans are threatening to shut down the US government at midnight tonight in a battle over Obama's flagship healthcare law.