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Helsinki handshake: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

There is a scene in Shattered, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s book about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, that describes the feeling inside (...)

Former US treasury secretary Henry Paulson and former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke have voiced varying degrees of concern about America’s ability to combat another financial meltdown.

Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner and Henry Paulson all voiced varying degrees of concern about the ability of the United States to combat another financ(...)

US president Donald Trump listens during a meeting with members of Congress at the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg

It was really just a mix-up, he insisted. Like confusing “affect” and “effect”, but for unprecedented global cyberaggression. “I thought I made myse(...)

US president Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in 2017. Photograph: Jorge Silva/File Photo/Reuters

I had dinner with Vladimir Putin once. He made me lose my appetite. The then-fledgling president of Russia was polite and smiling at first with me an(...)

Brett Kavanaugh is congratulated by Donald Trump after the US president nominated him as a justice of the supreme court. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

When Donald Trump strode into the East Room of the White House on Monday night to face the cameras, the US president could barely contain his smile. (...)

Judge Brett Kavanaugh   shakes hands with President Donald Trump after being nominated to the US supreme court in the East Room of the White House on Monday. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated by US president Donald Trump to replace Anthony Kennedy on the US supreme court, in a m(...)

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh shakes hands with US President Donald Trump in the White House in Washington, US. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters.

Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated by US president Donald Trump to replace Anthony Kennedy on the US supreme court, in a move that is likely to secure(...)

US president Donald Trump: may interview two or more additional candidates as White House scrambles to complete a vetting process before Monday, July 9th. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has interviewed four candidates to replace Anthony Kennedy, the retiring supreme court justice, and may interview two or mor(...)

Ireland’s 2001-2002 membership of the UN Security Council, dominated by the response to the 9/11 attacks, was the last time Ireland held one of its 10 non-permanent seats.

Richard Ryan, Ireland’s permanent representative at the United Nations, was preparing for the second week of the Irish month-long presidency of the UN(...)

US permanent representative to UN Nikki Haley:  called rights body a “protector of human-rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A few years ago, I covered a long hearing in the cavernous hall in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council holds its plenary meetings. Ireland was in(...)

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