Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and special counsel who is leading the Russia investigation. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Donald Trump’s lawyers and aides are scouring the professional and political backgrounds of investigators hired by special counsel Robert Mu(...)

US president Donald Trump  watches as Jeff Sessions, standing next to  his wife, Mary,   is sworn in as attorney general by vice president Mike Pence in the Oval Office of the White House on February 9th. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has said he never would have appointed attorney general Jeff Sessions had he known Sessions would recuse himself from overse(...)

Dafhyd Flynn in Michael Inside, the best new Irish film at the Galway Film Fleadh

There was a time when you could take the temperature of the nation by glancing at the tight handful of Irish features premiering at the Galway Film Fl(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Mr Trump accepted Mr Putin’s claim of non-interference in polls. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Never since Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev during the cold war has a meeting between a US president and his Russian counterpart been more anticip(...)

Justin Trudeau at boxing gym in Toronto. Photograph: Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Justin Trudeau is coming to town (arriving Monday night, July 3rd) and we’re all feeling a little over-stimulated, what with the handsomeness and the (...)

US president Donald Trump waves at  Andrews air base in Maryland. Photograph: Reuters

US president Donald Trump does not travel well. At his first major summit, he was too tired to walk through the Sicilian streets with the other G7 lea(...)

The coffin of late former chancellor Helmut Kohl during military honors after a Mass at the cathedral in Speyer. Photograph: Amelie Querfurth/AFP/Getty Images

Germany bid farewell on Saturday to Helmut Kohl, the former chancellor who steered his country toward reunification in 1990 and whose tireless efforts(...)

It is true that in one sense, these feel like very hopeful times. I mean, I’ve never felt less alone in my will to resist

If anyone can “kick ass and take names”, as a line in the press release for her latest album reads – or “call people on their bullsh*t”, as someone el(...)

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. “If Trump wishes to take a small step towards establishing a reputation for judgment he should reappoint Yellen.”

The US Federal Reserve is ahead of other important western central banks, in normalising monetary policy. This has provoked lively debate. Prominent(...)

Otto Warmbier told a gathering of reporters in Pyongyang before his trial that he was offered a used car worth $10,000 if he could get a propaganda banner. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea has released an American serving a 15-year prison term for alleged anti-state acts, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said. “At the(...)