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US military vehicles in Syria’s northern city of Manbij on December 30th. The city is controlled by Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have been fighting the Islamic State terror group with US support. Photograph:   by Delil Souleiman /AFP/Getty Images

A 34-year-old man from Houston who is said to have sent a CV and cover letter seeking a job with Islamic State has been seized on a battlefield in Syr(...)

Christopher Cevilla at a Harris County Sheriff’s Office news conference following the death of his daughter. Photograph: Harris County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook

Authorities in the US are searching for a driver who fired several shots into a car carrying a family in the Houston area of Texas, killing a seven-ye(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

A portrait of George HW Bush hangs near the registry at the George HW Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. Photograph: EPA

Irish tenor Ronan Tynan sang to the former US President George HW Bush during his final hours. The tenor sang Silent Night and a Gaelic song, accord(...)

Former US presidents  George W Bush (centre), Barack Obama, (second left),  George HW Bush (far left), Bill Clinton, (second right), and Jimmy Carter (right) in the Oval Office of the White House on January  7th, 2009. George H.W. Bush, the  president who fashioned a restrained response to the Soviet Union’s collapse has died. He was 94. Photograph:  Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W Bush have led tributes to George HW Bush, the 41st US president who died on Friday at the age of (...)

 Former US president George HW Bush (bottom) celebrates his 85th birthday by jumping with the US army’s Golden Knight parachute team in a tandem jump with SFC Michael Elliott in Kennebunkport, Maine in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

George Herbert Walker Bush Born June 12th, 1924 Died November 30th, 2018 George HW Bush, who has died aged 94, was the 41st president of the US (19(...)

 Former President George HW Bush who has  died at the age of 94. Photograph: EPA

George HW Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, who steered the nation through a tumultuous period in world affair(...)

He Jiankui, associate professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology of China, speaks during a panel discussion at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong, China, on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018. Photographer: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

A Chinese scientist at the centre of an ethical storm over what he claims are the world’s first genetically edited babies said on Wednesday he is prou(...)

Democratic senators-elect Kyrsten Sinema  and Jacky Rosen  walk to the office of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer for a meeting at the US Capitol on Tuesday.   Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Just over a week after Americans went to the polls in the midterm elections, the incoming members of Congress arrived in Washington on Tuesday for “or(...)

US president Donald Trump was described by erstwhile enemies Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham as ‘a snivelling coward’ and a ‘jackass’. Both are now allies. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

A lifetime on and in front of the television, that hurried medium, trained Donald Trump in the art of the compressed jibe. Next to “low energy” and “l(...)

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