Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told a campaign rally in Tennessee that he would “build a big, beautiful safe zone” inside Syria where people could find refuge.  Photograph: Wade Payne/AP

More than half of America’s states are refusing to accept Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks as Republican presidential contenders propo(...)

Firefighters at an apartment building in Akron, Ohio where a small business jet crashed. Photograph: Scott Ferrell / AP

Nine people are feared dead after a small business jet crashed into an Ohio apartment building on Tuesday. The authorities have confirmed two d(...)

Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio and Ben Carson during the Republican Presidential Debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images 0:30

Donald Trump clashed with rivals, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Ohio governor John Kasich in the Republican Party’s fourth presidential debate (...)

A Democratic Party supporter in Louisville takes down a sign supporting Jack Conway, the defeated candidate in the Kentucky governorship election. Photograph: Philip Scott Andrew/The New York Times

A California state politician, a Democrat from the San Francisco Bay area, wants a Bill passed that would allow people to take selfies while castin(...)

Buddie, the mascot for a pro-marijuana legalization group, ResponsibleOhio, poses for a photo outside the group’s field office in Columbus, Ohio on Friday. Voters have soundly rejected  a measure that would have made it the first US Midwestern state to legalise the recreational use of marijuana, local media projections said. Photograph: Andrew Spear/The New York Times

Ohio voters soundly rejected on Tuesday a measure that would have made it the first US Midwestern state to legalise the recreational use of marijuana,(...)

New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with his predecessor John Boehner: at 45, Mr Ryan is the youngest Speaker in 140 years. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan joked on Sunday that his first job as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives was to rid the smell of smoke fro(...)

Republican presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush (left) and Donald Trump look on during a break in the Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The third debate in the Republican White House race was dominated not by the runaway leaders – outsiders Donald Trump and retired surgeon Ben Carson –(...)

 Jeb Bush (left) listens as senator Marco Rubio makes a point at the 2016 US Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28th, 2015. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters 1:44

Withering put-downs and sharp exchanges dominated the third Republican presidential debate as the one-time frontrunner Jeb Bush came off worst on a(...)

Bernard Foley attributes big part of his development as a player to his involvement in Sevens rugby. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Bernard Foley chuckles while recounting a story about unsolicited advice he received at a family do the day after he’d struggled with his placekicking(...)

The leaders of Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia sign  the peace agreement on Bosnia in  December 1995 whilst world leaders look on. Photo: Getty.

Could Russia’s military intervention in Syria be the prelude to – or even enable – a regional peace deal similar to the 1995 Dayton Agreement, which b(...)