Too close for comfort: Kay Hagan’s opponents have used her kiss from Barack Obama last week against her. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
Obama: kiss of death?

High on a shelf above a counter in the Raleigh Times Bar is an empty pint glass, sitting encased in front of a US presidential seal. This is the glass(...)

US ambassador to China Max Baucus: summoned after the US accused five Chinese military officers of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets. Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

The Chinese government has denounced American charges against five of its army officers accused of economic cyber-espionage, accusing the United St(...)

Former US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Mr Rooney stood down in late 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke

The United States has been without an ambassador in Ireland for 15 months now, the longest period the country has not had a top diplomat in Dub(...)

Senate minority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves the Senate floor in Washington. Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate were close late last night to an agreement that would increase the nation’s borrowing authority and provide enough money to operate the government until the end of the year. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

US Senate leaders are poised to reach an agreement as early as today to bring a halt to the fiscal standoff, and now must race the clock to sell the p(...)

Jim Messina is a specialist in social media which played a  not-insignificant role in Obama’s campaign. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Conservative Party in Britain has scored a major coup by hiring the man who led US president Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 to play a(...)