“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 (...)

Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz  leaves after speaking following a meeting  of his party caucus on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Fresh from his victory this week, which saw congressional Republicans unconditionally surrender over the government shutdown after 16 days, President (...)

Visitors walk through the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, after the facility reopened. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Hundreds of thousands of US federal staff began returning to work today as Congress reopened the US government and signed off on more borrowing so the(...)