Torch-bearing white nationalists rally around a statue of Robert E Lee, the Confederate general, near the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville. Photograph: Edu Bayer/The New York Times

Eight years ago, as the nation’s first black president took office, pundits debated whether Barack Obama’s election marked the rise of a “post-racial (...)

 Virginia State Police inspect the site where a vehicle hit protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph: Tasos Katopodis /EPA

US authorities are investigating the outbreak of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, following clashes at a white nationalist rally in(...)

US president Donald Trump with  vice-president Mike Pence  after a briefing with his national security team at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

US president Donald Trump renewed his attack on North Korea last night, warning that the country should be “very, very nervous” if it does anything t(...)

A man watches a television news programme showing US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump followed up his incendiary warning to North Korea against threatening the US with a boast on Wednesday about the strength of(...)

President Donald Trump inherited an economy that was already performing well during the final years of the Obama administration. As a recent Washington Post article put it: “So far, Trump’s economy looks an awful lot like that of his predecessor, Barack Obama.” File photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

As the drama of the Trump presidency continues to captivate the US and the wider world there is one sector of American life that seems unperturbed - t(...)

Trump supporters and Birmingham residents Kathy Courtland and Susan Stofel are united in their dislike of Hillary Clinton.

In the fourth part of her series “Coast to Coast: Travels in Trump’s America”, Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch travels to Birmingham. Located (...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi and Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte at the ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting in Manila on Tuesday. Photograph: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

China will bear the main burden of enforcing sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear programme, foreign minister Wang Yi told an Asian securit(...)

Beijing’s security services are buttressing the system of controls known as the Great Firewall of China to make surveillance easier and online dissent harder. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, had just died of liver cancer and the internet was going crazy, a flurry of messages expressing grief, sho(...)

The tower of the former Lucky Strike tobacco factory looms over Durham,  North Carolina, a reminder of the industry that thrived there for almost 200 years. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

August is the time of escape from Washington, when thousands of workers and political types leave the swampy heat of the nation’s capital and escape t(...)

The EU must work with Asean for common pressure on China to multilateralise its Belt and Road Initiative and to dissuade the US from misapplying hard power in the region. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty

Global politics are going through one of their most important shifts in power, strategy and influence of the modern era. Two hundred years of dominanc(...)