In Southern California, it’s often said, you can ski in the morning and surf after lunch. This spring, though, you might have to stick to surfing. With the drought in the US South-west entering its fourth year, and the California snowpack at only 19 per cent of its historical March average, ski resorts have been forced to close weeks – and, in some cases, months – early.


The United States will postpone at least until the end of this year any further wind-down of the almost 10,000 troops that it currently has in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said yesterday, arguing it would be “well worth it” if it helps maintain stability in the country and accelerate reforms.


George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murder following the fatal Florida shooting of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, has spoken out against Barack Obama saying his comments following the incident were “dereliction of duty” and “pitted Americans against each other solely based on race”