Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pauses while he speaks to supporters of his Likud party as he campaigns in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusale. Mr Netanyahu has rebuffed criticism in Washington of his plans to speak in Congress, accusing world powers of forsaking a pledge to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters

The row between the White House and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has intensified with US officials saying his outspoken condemnation o(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush takes a selfie with a guest at a luncheon hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on February 18th in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Jeb Bush, a leading contender to be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate in 2016, has sought to distance himself from the unpopular foreign (...)

US president Barack Obama meets  a group of “dreamers” – immigrants brought illegally to the US as children.A federal judge in Texas has blocked Mr Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation,   claiming  the president is exceeding his legal authority.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation have been blocked by a US federal judge in Texas(...)

US president Barack Obama: “I am convinced that the United States should not get dragged back into another prolonged ground war in the Middle East,” he said. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress to approve military force against Islamic State (IS) extremists, limiting action to three years and (...)

Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin: he surged ahead last weekend in an opinion poll in Iowa, a year before parties there nominate their candidates. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

When Republican governor Scott Walker proposed cutting another $300 million (€214 million) off the University of Wisconsin’s budget and told its teach(...)

President Barack Obama: A central plank of his budget is a proposal to raise more than $500 billion by imposing a once-off 14 per cent tax on an estimated $2 trillion hoarded by US multinationals offshore.

President Barack Obama’s targeting of future foreign earnings of US multinationals and past hoarded profits sitting overseas – of which they are tens (...)

Serena Williams poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning the  Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

‘It’s inconceivable to think that Maria Sharapova could lose to anybody 16 times in a row, it’s impossible,” the BBC’s John Lloyd told Sue Barker befo(...)

US presidential race

The early stages of an American presidential race, as the field fills with the hopeless and the eccentric, can often seem more diverting than conseque(...)

 Mitt Romney and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (L) pose for a photograph together. Mr Romney has said he will not contest the 2016 presidential campaign. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters/Files.

US Republican Mitt Romney, the two-time presidential candidate, has passed on a third attempt after briefly flirting with another bid, bolstering the (...)

 In the first State of the Union address after the September 2001 attacks on the US, President George W  Bush branded Iraq, Iran and North Korea as “an axis of evil”, adding that “by seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger”. These words later haunted Republicans after Bush was found to have invaded Iraq on a false premise. File photograph:  Win McNamee/Reuters 2:12

The annual State of the Union speech to the joint session of Congress gives the US president an opportunity to underscore past policy achievements and(...)