Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Channel 4 News since 2003. - I always believed that whatever had to be written would somehow get itself written. - Seamus Heaney

Democrats Pursue a No-Veto Strategy on Spending Bills — President Barack Obama has issued just four vetoes so far in his presidency, and it appears he won't be taking out the veto pen for a host of contentious fiscal 2016 spending bills, either - despite threats he's already lodged on seven of them.

Kentucky Sports Radio — While Kentucky is renowned for her natural beauty, it's an indoor setting that may be our most awe-inspiring. After a recent centennial restoration, the State Capitol Rotunda is a glorious sensory feast.

Spending Bills Headed for Partisan Gridlock — Work on 2016 spending bills will reach fractuous, partisan levels within the next few weeks as Rogers begins to mark up the most contentious nondefense spending bills for the EPA, border control and the HHS office that implements the 2010 health care law.

How To Keep Beloved Kentucky Derby Winners From Ending Up As Dog Food — As the global glitterati descend on Louisville's Churchill Downs today for the most exciting two minutes in sports, it's instructive to remember an earlier Run for the Roses nearly three decades ago. The 1986 Kentucky Derby was a sentimental, even magical affair, as the legendary 54-year-old jockey Willie Shoemaker finally captured the only major racing prize that had eluded him-the winner's circle rose garland.

Nepal earthquake: broken villages awash with memories — Arjun, the carpenter of Bhimtar, was charging a bank of mobile phones in the small shop we stopped at to ask directions to his village. It had taken us three hours to drive there from Kathmandu, which, as the crow flies, was just 25 miles due west.

Nepal earthquake: slow aid stirs anger in ravaged villages — Distressed and hungry quake-refugees emerging from remote villages close to the Tibetan border report death and destruction on a horrifying scale. Those interviewed by Channel 4 News today said roads running through devastated settlements in the Himalayan foothills are strewn with rotting corpses.

Al Jazeera in Egypt: the inside story — We put these allegations to Al-Jazeera, and have reproduced their responses in full below. The claim: Al Jazeera's channels took a pro-Muslim Brotherhood editorial line, which put their teams on the ground in danger, due to the Egyptian government's stance toward the organisation.

The man who rescued 500 Nigerian schoolgirls from Boko Haram — The militants have led sustained attacks in the Gombe area in recent weeks. Ten days ago, a car bomb exploded 200m from a stadium in Gombe city, just minutes after President Goodluck Jonathan had left a political rally there. The bomb killed at least one bystander and wounded seven.

Nigerian election: the key players - video

On the trail of the smugglers shipping refugees to Europe — They're Syrian Palestinians from Yarmouk in Damascus. They've survived siege and bombardment and hatched their family escape plan six months ago. In 1948, another generation was forced to flee to Syria from Palestine. "When we were in Syria, they were in permanent danger," says Hiba, the mother of three children, Yousef, 10, Abdul Rahman, 9, and Yasmina, 5.
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Jul 06, 2015

RT @Queen_Europe: Hellas poor Yanis, I knew him well. He talked so much that he could sell Ice cream to an Eskimo But not a debt restructure To a Dutchman.

Jul 05, 2015

Lee 'Scratch' Perry meets @krishgm to talk magic mirrors, vampires and Bob Marley:

Jul 03, 2015

@PaddyWoodside We only realised he'd said this later when we went through the translation in detail. 'Takfiris' a bit of an issue for him.

Jul 01, 2015

29 Britons have been identified among the #SousseAttack dead. Today, 8 came home from Tunisia. @alextomo reports…

Jun 29, 2015

Home Sec said after Cobra meeting she chaired yesterday, Brits assessing protective security for holidaymakers in Tunisia #Sousse #c4news

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