Moody’s  headquarters in New York. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/GettyImages

The world’s second-largest credit ratings agency has agreed to pay nearly $864 million (€812 million) to settle US government and state claims that it(...)

 Protestors opposed to  Donald Trump petition to the electoral college on the eve of its vote during a candlelight vigil in Los Angeles. Photograph: Eugene Garcia/EPA

The US electoral college is expected on Monday to officially select Republican Donald Trump as the next president in a vote that is usually routine b(...)

Austin Stack (left) and Oliver Stack, sons of prison officer Brian Stack, in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Amidst all the charges and counter-charges about the killing of Brian Stack that have surfaced in recent times, two central truths now stand unchallen(...)

Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the men’s soccer team has had its season cancelled for ‘appalling’ conduct. Photograph: Chitose Suzuki/AP

Harvard announced on Thursday that it was cancelling the rest of the season for its men’s soccer team after university officials uncovered what they d(...)

Every four years the US president and vice president are selected using as system called the electoral college, involving a group of 538 people known (...)

Miss Arkansa Savvy Shields reacts after being named  Miss America in Atlantic City. Photograph: Noah K Murray/AP Photo

The winner of the Miss America beauty pageant has issued some advice to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: compromise. Savvy Shields had been Miss Ame(...)

Hillary Clinton aboard her campaign plane yesterday. After polling strongly following the Democratic convention, the nominee is falling behind Donald Trump in some polls. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Republican candidate Donald Trump has narrowed Hillary Clinton’s advantage in US presidential election polls and has retaken the lead over his Democr(...)

Donald Trump’s gains came as Republican support for their party’s candidate jumped by six percentage points over the past two weeks, to about 78 per cent. Photograph: Bryan Woolston/Reuters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pulled into an effective tie with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, according to the latest Reuters(...)

Former president Bill Clinton walks on stage at a Clinton Global Initiative event in New York in  2010. The Clinton Foundation become an Achilles’ heel for Hillary’s presidential campaign. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

In April 2009, Doug Band, a long-serving aide to former American president Bill Clinton, emailed Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, two senior staff member(...)

The ministry for foreign affairs confirmed that over the past five years it has received 26 complaints of exploitation of domestic staff. Photograph: Getty Images

There’s nothing like the power of advertising. Think diplomats, for instance, and into our minds pops the old Ferrero Rocher advertisement with that p(...)

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