The flag that inspired the US national anthem ‘Star-Spangled Banner’, in the Smithsonian museum in Washington. Years ago parts of the flag were snipped off and handed out as mementos. The Smithsonian has reacquired some of them and added them to its collection. Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

As England seeks to quell rebellious feelings within the Union ahead of next week’s referendum on Scottish independence, Americans this weekend cel(...)

US president Barack Obama: said that goal was to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State forces. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The words “Obama” and “gaffe” rarely appear together. The US president’s statements are carefully crafted, his words precisely chosen. He is as pol(...)

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(...)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: treatment of her in the halls of Capitol Hill shows even the highest offices in the land are not immune from sexual harassment that is common against women elsewhere in American society. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior Democratic senator from New York, sparked a flurry of watercooler chatter, talkshow outrage and online indignation in t(...)

File photograph of Seán Dunne leaving court in Bridgeport Connecticut. Photograph: Simon Carswell

The National Asset Management Agency is seeking to question the son of developer Seán Dunne under oath in its attempts to find out more about the C(...)

The deportation trial was adjourned when Mahmoud Bazzi’s attorney failed to turn up to court on time.

The Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1980 abduction and killings of two Irish UN peacekeepers and the shooting of a third has told an Amer(...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren: her family’s back-story of financial struggle and her attacks on Wall Street interests have drawn interest far outside her home state.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

One female Democratic politician is stirring the masses in the US and it’s not Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Warren, the senator and former Harvard law p(...)

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(...)

Border policies: anti-immigration demonstrators picket before the scheduled arrival of undocumented migrants at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station. The activists have prevented migrants entering the town for several days. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/Reuters

A long a dusty southern Californian road, protesters occupy two spots just a few hundred yards apart. These are the two entry routes where they can st(...)

A sign outside the car park in Rosslyn, Arlington, Virginia, where journalistic source Deep Throat met Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward six times between October 1972 and November 1973.

The din of passing traffic spills down an air vent from the street above, while water drips in a corner. Every sound, from the footsteps of a perso(...)