John McCain, influential US senator and presidential candidate, dies aged 81

McCain, who had brain cancer, was known for his heroism in Vietnam, his independent-mindedness and recently his rebukes of Trump

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Trump State of the Union address promised unity but emphasized discord

The president’s ‘new American moment’ speech stirred Republican applause while Democrats showed thinly disguised contempt

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on transgender row: ‘I have nothing to apologise for’

Novelist and feminist has attracted criticism for her comments on trans women, but says hostility of backlash serves to ‘close up debate’

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