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(...)

Republican presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Donald Trump: a poll on Tuesday show Carson with a 26 to 22 per cent lead over Trump nationally in the race for the party’s candidacy. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

It’s first-time candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump versus everyone else tonight, as the Republican Party has its third debate (8pm eastern time; (...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: the billionaire said he is self-financing his campaign but still yielded $3.8 million from 74,000 donors. Photograph:  Jay Paul/Reuters

It says something about the topsy-turviness of the Republican presidential race that TV star and frontrunner Donald Trump spent more on his “Make Amer(...)

Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump (left) and Jeb Bush high five during the Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump drew fire from rivals during the party’s second presidential debate over his campaign insults with Carly Fiorina, (...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: both the Republican establishment and the punditocracy have been shocked by his continuing appeal to the party’s base. Photograph: Jason Davis/Getty Images

There are many things we should remember about the events of late August and early September 2005 and the political fallout shouldn’t be near the top (...)

People enjoy the music during a Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary event at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photograph: Getty

From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Super Dome, New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina(...)

US  presidential candidate Donald Trump at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York on Monday, where he appeared for jurty duty. Trump’s  hard line on immigration has driven rivals to match his biting anti-immigrant language. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Republicans thought they had learned a lesson after 2012: Turning off Latino voters ensures defeat in the general election. But as the disruptive US p(...)

 US president Barack Obama announcing a  plan  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from  coal-burning power plants. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Obama administration has vowed to override states that refuse to accept its new climate goals by mandating how they should achieve emissions cuts,(...)

Ahead of the field: Donald Trump in Texas on Thursday. He said he’s confident of winning the Hispanic vote. Photograph: Matthew Busch/Getty

On Tuesday the Republican senator Lindsey Graham, one of 16 candidates seeking his party’s presidential nomination in the 2016 US elections, appear(...)

 Pooja Mandagere (left) and Natalie Thompson celebrate  outside the US Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling  that the constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.  Photograph: Doug Mills/the New York Times

US president Barack Obama hailed a Supreme Court ruling legalising same-sex marriage across the country as a “victory for America.” The ruling mean(...)