Democratic presidential candidate and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters on Tuesday  at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri. Photograph:  Whitney Curtis/Getty Images. 1:40

As politicians across the southern US spoke out against the Confederate battle flag and the nation’s largest retailers pulled items with its image (...)

Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state,  formally began her campaign for president on Saturday, and surprised most observers with an unapologetically liberal and populist speech Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

On Friday, Democrats in the United States House of Representatives shocked almost everyone by rejecting key provisions needed to complete the trans-Pa(...)

The US government’s bulk collection program was first revealed by documents obtained by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden

The US Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would end the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, the most significant surveillance r(...)

Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy (55) has died at his home. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has died suddenly at home. Mr Kennedy had served as an MP for 32 years but was ousted from his Ross, Sk(...)

Centre-left candidates backed by Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party won five out of seven regions that voted on Sunday. Photograph: Tiberio Barchielli/Palazzo Chigi/EPA

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s ruling centre-left party promised on Monday to push on with its reform agenda after anti-establishment and euro-(...)

Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi campaigning in Ameglia on Sunday. Photograph: Paolo Zeggio/EPA

Even Homer nods, or in this case scores an own goal. Former prime minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi got his campaign rallies confused the other nig(...)

Martin O’Malley, who is expected to announce his candidacy for US president shortly. Photograph: Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images

Martin O’Malley, a likely contender to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, is due in Dublin on May 24th after cancelling a trip last mon(...)

Barack Obama is trying to quell strong opposition from the Democratic Party’s left flank, including trade union core supporters, who fear the effect of international deals on American jobs. Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/EPA

US president Barack Obama’s hopes of agreeing a major trade agreement with 11 countries around the Pacific suffered defeat at the hands of his own par(...)

Hillary Clinton poses with students and teachers after taking part in a roundtable discussing immigration in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

When Hillary Clinton sets out her stall on a major policy issue, her Republican rivals tend to respond quickly and aggressively, such is her perceived(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: Opponents have claimed his confidence vote method is the same one used by fascist dictator Mussolini. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Despite opposition from within his own Democratic Party (PD), Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi ploughed ahead with his ambitious reform programme (...)