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(...)

Former FBI director Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible ties between Donald Trump’s election campaign and Russian officials. Photograph: Harry Hamburg/AP

A longtime friend of US president Donald Trump has said Mr Trump is considering whether to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating poss(...)

Former FBI director James Comey testifies before a US senate committee. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Lordy, what a fine day to be Donald Trump. Three hours of earnest James Comey testimony before the Senate intelligence committee and the president of (...)

Reality Leigh Winner (25):  a federal contractor charged by the US department of justice with sending classified material to a news organisation. Photograph: Reality Winner/social media via Reuters

The US department of justice has charged a federal contractor with sending classified material to a news organisation that sources identified to Reute(...)

Naomi Long (Alliance), Nigel Dodds (DUP), Robin Swan (UUP), Michelle O’Neill (Sinn Féin) and Colum Eastwood (SDLP) at UTV Studios in Belfast for the Westminster election debate. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

After four visits to the polling stations in two years, and another trip due on Thursday, of course there is election fatigue in Northern Ireland. But(...)

Fine Gael TD for Dublin West Leo Varadkar’s meteoric rise is partly the result of avoiding contentious decisions in favour of popular rhetoric. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/AFP/Getty Images

In Dublin West 10 years ago, Leo Varadkar, then trying to win a seat in a tightly fought constituency, distributed hundreds of Lion bars, emblazoned w(...)

US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit Yad Vashem, the official Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, on May 23rd. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

It’s hard to imagine US president Donald Trump ever introducing himself to a roomful of reporters as “the man who accompanied Melania Trump to Rome”. (...)

House speaker Paul Ryan: “It is obvious that there are some people out there who want to harm the president.”  Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

US Republicans rallied behind President Donald Trump on Wednesday, a day after new revelations claimed the president had sought to interfere in an FBI(...)

Impeachable offence: President Trump has been accused of obstructing justice. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

A few weeks ago only Donald Trump’s most implacable political opponents – the type derided as liberal crackpots on Fox News and other right-wing media(...)

Donald Trump’s presidency is becoming increasingly erratic. Photograph: AFP

In the relentless real-life drama of the Trump presidency there have been many points at which it seemed the president has crossed a red line. Perhap(...)