Royals take unusual step to deny Prince Andrew underage sex claims

Duke of York returns early from skiing holiday in Switzerland as Buckingham Palace lawyers are said to be assessing legal position

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Quarter of Guantánamo Bay inmates now being force-fed as hunger strike continues

The number of hunger-striking Guantánamo detainees being force fed by military medical teams has jumped to 41 and now makes up a quarter of the camp's prisoner population.

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Toronto protesters call for Mayor Rob Ford to resign after deputies quit

'Stand up for Toronto' demonstration draws hundreds upset by video allegedly showing city's controversial mayor smoking crack

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Bobby Jindal calls for jailing of IRS officials behind Tea Party targeting

Louisiana governor uses speech to Virginia Republicans to say Barack Obama 'bears responsibility' as scandals continue

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JD Salinger's secret life exposed in new documentary

Documentary promising revelations about reclusive Catcher in the Rye author has been snapped up by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein

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Only abortion clinic in North Dakota seeks to combat law to close it down

Lawyers for the only abortion clinic in North Dakota launched a legal bid on Wednesday to try and combat a new law that critics say is aimed at closing it down and leaving the state without any abortion providers.

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Fast-food worker wage protests spread to Detroit and St. Louis

Similar demonstrations aimed at raising fast-food workers' wages took place earlier in the year in Chicago and New York

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U.S. officials claim errors in case of death row prisoner Willie Manning

Justice Department suggests evidence used to help convict Manning was flawed as officials reportedly agree to further tests

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Former Guantanamo chief prosecutor petitions Obama to close prison camp

A former chief prosecutor for the controversial American prison camp at Guantánamo Bay has called for the prison to be closed, launching an online petition that has gathered some 60,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

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Fox set to show NRA-sponsored NASCAR race despite Senator Murphy's plea to Rupert Murdoch

Connecticut's Chris Murphy writes to Rupert Murdoch, citing gun control debate clash with agenda of Sprint Cup sponsor

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Lawyers: Guantánamo hunger strike could be deadly

Lawyers describe detainees' dramatic weight loss as guards attempt to end the protest through force-feeding and isolation

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North Carolina takes down Confederate Civil War battle flag after protest

NAACP opposition indicates sensitivity of Southern symbols as country continues to mark 150th anniversary of Civil War

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Undocumented immigration reality: Speak out on abuse and risk deportation

Migrants in the low-wage depths of the US economy tell the Guardian they're being targeted for simply standing up for employees' rights

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Hollywood star Ashley Judd turns down 2014 bid against Sen. Mitch McConnell

The Hollywood actor Ashley Judd disappointed legions of fans – and possibly Republican activists – by announcing on Wednesday that she will not be running for a Senate seat in Kentucky.

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Christie: I'll keep 'firm grip' on Prince Harry during New Jersey visit

Famously rambunctious New Jersey governor told a local radio station that he'll spend all day with prince on Garden State tour

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