Republican presidential candidates  Jeb Bush, senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump  at the CBS debate in the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Republican White House hopefuls have called for US president Barack Obama to step aside and allow his successor to nominate the next Supreme Court jus(...)

A flag at the US Supreme Court is lowered to half mast following the announcement of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The death on Saturday of Conservative US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia, one of the most politically influential American judges of his generati(...)

Supreme court justice Antonin Scalia making a rare appearance on Capitol Hill to testify before a senate judiciary committee hearin. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

In almost 30 years on the bench of the US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia was strident, colorful, and most of all, conservative. That made him an(...)

 US Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia speaking at the Economics Club of New York earlier this month. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Conservative US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican(...)

Democratic US presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/EPA

Same fighters, different issues, new arena. Entering the first voting states in the American south and west with a win and a virtual draw under his(...)

Democratic presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton disagree over their healthcare ideas with Mrs Clinton saying Mr Sanders’ Medicare-for-all healthcare plan would mean dismantling the program known as Obamacare and triggering another intense political struggle. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/ EPA

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed sharply in a debate on Thursday over their support for US president Bara(...)

 Beyonce performs during hafl time at  Super Bowl 50: Her performance was an unprecedented moment in popular music culture. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

It’s been a busy few days for Beyonce. First she committed the crime of cultural appropriation against the most populous democracy in the world – Indi(...)

Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington’s resolve clear not just to Pyongyang, but to the United Nations and other governments

The US Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to toughen sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber activities, a(...)

Steam rises from the stakes of the coal-fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyoming. The US supreme court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

The US supreme court has delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions main(...)

Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Photographs: Reuters

Billionaire Donald Trump and socialist Bernie Sanders won their New Hampshire primary elections, the second contest in the US presidential race, in vi(...)