Barack Obama laughs during a visit to Addis Ababa on Tuesday: “I’m looking forward to life after being president. I can spend time with my family . . . I can find other ways to serve. I can visit Africa more often.” Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

President Barack Obama claimed on Tuesday that he could win a third term if allowed by the American constitution, but said he was looking forward to l(...)

Vice president Dick Cheney watches television reports in Washington in the hours following the September 11th attacks. Photograph: US National Archives

Newly-released photographs taken on the day of the September 11th attacks show the reaction of senior figures in the Bush administration as they conve(...)

Donald Trump: asked whether John McCain was owed an apology, Mr Trump told ABC talk show This Week: “No, not at all.” Photograph:  Joshua Lott/New York Times

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has stirred controversy again after questioning the war record of Republican senator John McCain, a fo(...)

 Donald Trump  announces his candidacy for the US presidency at Trump Tower  in New York City. Mr Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

Canadian rock veteran Neil Young has continued a American tradition of recording artists asking Republican candidates to stop playing their music afte(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is entering a presidential contest vastly different in size, pace and cost to those which his father and brother took part in. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Nearly 27 years after his father was elected president, moulding a political dynasty that would propel one son into a governor’s office and another in(...)

‘The president descended from the mountain for half an hour on Thursday evening, materialising at Nationals Park to schmooze with Democrats and Republicans at the annual congressional baseball game.’ Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/Getty Images

On Saturday mornings, I love to watch reruns of the television Western The Rifleman. Each show is a little moral fable, with Chuck Connors’s widowe(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton speaking during the Forbes’ 2015 Philanthropy Summit Awards dinner in New York City last week. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Former US president Bill Clinton has insisted that criticism of his family’s charitable foundation is nothing more than “politicking” during an electi(...)

Former Florida governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks to German chancellor Angela Merkel  after he addressed the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party economic council in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has praised Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) for its fiscal discipline and demanded a tougher intern(...)

File photograph of  Vincent Bugliosi who  has died. He was the prosecutor in the Charles Manson trial who went on to write the best-selling true-crime book, “Helter Skelter”. Photograph: Toby Talbot

Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted cult leader Charles Manson and members of his so-called “family” for seven murders, then turned to writing books that(...)

Thirty-seven years ago, when Paul McGuinness signed a virtually unknown teen rock band called U2, he was also interested in making movies. After dr(...)