Republican US senator Pat Roberts cradles a baby after speaking at a Conservative Revival in Gardner, Kansas. Photograph: Dave Kaup/Reuters

Herbie Hopper is standing on a busy roadside in Wichita, Kansas, holding one end of a large yellow flag. It shows a picture of a coiled rattlesnake(...)

A day after President Obama phoned Israeli leader Binyamin Netanyahu demanding an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire”, Netanyahu warned of “a lengthy campaign” against Hamas. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The photographs of American troops pushing helicopters over the side of a US warship in 1975 became iconic images immortalising the country’s messy wi(...)

“The Affordable Care Act has faced nonstop attacks from partisans and right-wing media, with mainstream news also tending to harp on the act’s troubles.” Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

How many Americans know how health reform is going? For that matter, how many people in the news media are following the positive developments? I s(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (right) listens as Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy speaks to the media prior to a meeting at the US state department in Washington DC on yesterday. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

A deadline set by the US last year for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians passed without agreement or a framework for possible (...)

In a rare unanimous vote, the US House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at barring Hamid Abutalebi from receiving a visa to enter the US. Photograph: EPA

The United States denied a visa to Iran’s proposed UN ambassador today, citing the envoy’s links to the 1979-1981 Iranian hostage crisis, in a (...)

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the start of talks in Vienna yesterday. Iran and six world powers began a new round of negotiations aimed at settling the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme by late July. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Iran defended its nomination as ambassador to the United Nations yesterday after hawks in the US senate passed legislation to ban the official (...)

Jenica Krall  tries her hand at a virtual shooting booth at the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference  in National Harbor, Maryland. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Velvet Cowan is wearing a tight-fitting T-shirt with pictures of two guns across her chest. “Keep your hands off of my guns,” her top says. A p(...)

The cover of ‘Time’ magazine’s Person of the Year issue, featuring Pope Francis. Photogragh: ‘Time’ handout via Reuters

Time magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the imagin(...)

Sarah Silverman: credits conservatives with being deviously effective at naming things. Photograph: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

AS Hollywood bowed down to Hillary Clinton, who swept through on a state visit with Chelsea on Friday, there seemed to be only one person here with(...)

Chris Christie, alongside his family, addressing his supporters at an election night party in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The results of the 2013 off-year US elections are likely to set the parameters for the internal debate among Republicans as the party heads into next (...)