President Barack Obama with Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu. The White House has castigated  Netanyahu for comments made on the election stump. Photograph:  Jason Reed/Reuters

It is fair to say that relations between the United States and Israel are at their poorest in decades. Allegations of spying, interference in domestic(...)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi en route to Capitol Hill, where she sais she was “enormously disappointed” with the president’s relaxation of post-crisis banking rules. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times 0:50

The US House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion (€887 billion) budget just hours before the government was due to shut down at midnigh(...)

President Barack Obama. “We tortured some folks,” he said at a White House news conference in August in his most explicit comments about the practices of his predecessor’s administration

The US government and embassies are bracing for a backlash as some of the darker practices in the so-called “war on terror” look set to be cast into a(...)

Kevin O’Malley (left) being sworn in as the new US ambassador to Dublin by US vice president Joe Biden

The United States is expected to take a role in Northern Ireland’s reconvened inter-party talks aimed at attempting to resolve outstanding political i(...)

President’s  choice: Kevin O’Malley is a political donor and Obama supporter. Photograph: AP Photo

President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next US ambassador to Ireland, Missouri lawyer Kevin O’Malley, will be questioned today by a Senate commit(...)

 US President Barack Obama: Ireland and Northern Irish affairs remain a personal priority for him, according to his chief of staff Denis McDonough

Ireland and Northern Irish affairs remain a “fundamental national priority” for the US and “a personal priority” for President Barack Obama, despite (...)

US president Barack Obama speaks about troop pullout from Afghanistan at the White House yesterday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, has asked the White House counsel to investigate how the name of the top CIA official in (...)

New Day Ministries in Chicago, the former home of Holy Rosary Church, where US president Barack Obama once held a small office. Obama started his political activism as a community organiser working with the archdiocese of Chicago. Photograph: Taylor Glascock/New York Times service

US president Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in the Vatican today at the end of his European tour in a meeting that could help with his domesti(...)

New American citizens pose for photographs after  a recent naturalisation ceremony in New York City. House Republicans met last week to discuss moves to give status to illegal migrants. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Democrats and Republicans are entrenched on most political issues in a deeply divided US Congress but one issue that is drawing them out of their foxh(...)

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim departs at the end of a final news conference following the annual IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The International Monetary Fund’s policy committee has said the US needs to take “urgent action” to address the impasse over the debt ceiling.Amid me(...)