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Former US vice-president Joe Biden in a still from the video announcing his candidacy for 2020. He leads Bernie Sanders, his nearest rival for the Democratic nomination, with support from 27 per cent of voters compared with 20 per cent for the Vermont senator. Photograph: Reuters

Joe Biden, the former US vice-president, officially launched his campaign for the White House on Thursday, becoming the 20th contender in a record fi(...)

US. president Donald Trump calls to close border with Mexico. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Donald Trump has threatened to close the US-Mexican border or large sections of it next week if Mexico “does not halt illegal immigration at once”. T(...)

US president Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday night. Photograph:  Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president Donald Trump, fresh off what he claims was “total vindication” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, has told supporters he has (...)

A Homeland Security border patrol officer rides an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) past prototypes of US president Donald Trump’s proposed border wall in San Diego, California, in November 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

The US Department of Defense shifted $1 billion (€880m) to plan and build a 92km section of “pedestrian fencing”, roads and lighting along the border (...)

Beto O’Rourke addressing a crowd in Austin, Texas before last November’s midterm elections. Photograph:  Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images

Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Democrat who surged to prominence by nearly unseating Republican Senator Ted Cruz in last year’s midterm congressional electi(...)

 President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum on Monday in El Paso, Texas. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Democrats and Republicans reached a tentative agreement on Monday evening that could avert a government shutdown at the end of this week, but it remai(...)

Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar speaks at a press conference on deportation at Capitol Hill in Washington, last week. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Ilhan Omar, the recently-elected Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, was forced to issue a public apology on Monday after senior members of her o(...)

Jeffrey Lichtman, lawyer for, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’,  arrives at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in New York on February 6th. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Whatever happens in the jury room in Brooklyn this Monday morning, people outside are starting to think the unthinkable: that Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmá(...)

Tweeting from the White House on Sunday, President Donald Trump claimed Democrats were not being allowed by their leaders to make a deal. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Talks to avoid a US government shutdown later this week faltered over the weekend, amid renewed tensions over immigration policy. Senior Democrats an(...)

US vice-president Mike Pence and House speaker Nancy Pelosi flank Donald Trump as the US president delivers his State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump appealed to Congress to end “decades of political stalemate” as he made a call for unity in his annual State of the Union ad(...)

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