Office of Personnel Management in Washington: data on millions of US government workers has been hacked. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Rarely has a computer hack of personal information, allegedly by agents of a foreign government, caused such a stir in Washington DC. A breach at the (...)

The state flag of Mississippi, which incorporates the   Confederate flag , is displayed with the flags of the other 49 states and territories in the tunnel connecting the senate office building and the US Congress. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Confederate flag has meant different things to different people over the years in the United States. It is far more than just a diagonal blue cros(...)

US President Barack Obama walks through a hallway after meeting with House Democrats at the US Capitol  in Washington. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

President Barack Obama suffered a humiliating defeat on his planned free trade deals as Democrats in the House of Representatives rebuffed a last-minu(...)

Almost three weeks after President Barack Obama said the US was not losing to Sunni extremists in Iraq his administration is sending a further 450 (...)

Seán Kelly, the only Irish MEP on the international trade committee, said he believed that the deal could open-up huge opportunities for Irish small and medium enterprises.

The scale of the EU’s divisions on the controversial EU-US trade deal was laid bare this evening after the European Parliament postponed a key vote on(...)

Hillary Clinton at Texas Southern University, Houston, where she delivered her most aggressive speech since she announced she was running for president.  Photograph: Pat Sullivan/AP Photo

Republican senator Ted Cruz was firing up conservatives gathered to support his colleague Pat Roberts, who was struggling to hold on to his US Senate (...)

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(...)

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell: wanted the Patriot Act’s bulk collection to be extended for another five years Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

So what spying powers has the US lost? The National Security Agency’s legal authority to collect the phone records of millions of Americans, part of t(...)

The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland. Key provisions of the US Patriot Act expired early on Monday after the Senate failed to prevent their lapse, plunging US national security efforts into potential disarray as the country faces persistent extremist threats. Photograph: AFP 1:10

The US government’s authority to collect telephone records in bulk under legislation introduced after the September 11th, 2001 attacks lapsed at midni(...)

President Barack Obama, who wants congress to pass the USA Freedom Act on Sunday.

President Barack Obama has made a plea to Congress to pass a bill that limits some NSA surveillance powers, saying it would be “irresponsible” and “re(...)