Page last updated at 03:52 GMT, Wednesday, 3 September 2008 04:52 UK

In pictures: Convention - Day Two

Delegates at the Republican convention in St Paul

Republicans have rallied behind their presidential hopeful John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin - on the second day of their national convention in St Paul, Minnesota.

Laura Bush speaks at the convention

US First Lady Laura Bush was among the first speakers to the forum, after most of the first day's events were scrapped because of Hurricane Gustav.

President George W Bush speaks to delegates of the convention

Speaking via video-link from Washington, President George W Bush said Mr McCain was "ready to lead" and protect America.

Former President George HW Bush and his wife, Barbara

Former President George HW Bush and his wife, Barbara, shared the festive atmosphere inside the Xcel Energy Center.

Fred Thompson speaks at the convention

Former Senator Fred Thompson praised Mr McCain's courage and honour, retelling the story of his capture during the Vietnam war.

Delegates cheer a speaker.

Delegates were clearly in high spirits, loudly cheering the speakers.

A delegate wears slippers with Republican logos

...while some were heaping praise and smiles for wearing "party" outfits...

Protesters in St Paul

Outside the convention venue, anti-war and anti-poverty protesters held their march.

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific