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The then US president Barack Obama presents the National Humanities Medal to Philip Roth at the White House in March 2011. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

“If I’m not an American, I’m nothing,” the writer Philip Roth once said. Roth, one of the giants of American literature, passed away on Tuesday night (...)

File image of Michael Cohen, US president Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, in New York. File photograph: Jeenah Moon/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (about €340,000) to arrange talks between (...)

Donald Trump: “I hope it’s not so, because if it is, there’s never been anything like it in the history of our country.” Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Donald Trump escalated his attack on his intelligence services on Wednesday, warning that the FBI’s alleged covert contact with his 2016 election camp(...)

 South Korean journalists head to an aircraft at Seoul Airport on Wednesday from where they were to fly to North Korea to witness the dismantlement of the North’s key nuclear test site. Photograph: EPA

North Korea has accepted a list of South Korean reporters to visit their nuclear testing site after a days-long tug of war with Seoul, South Korea’s u(...)

US president Donald Trump and South Korean president Moon Jae-in shake hands during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has appeared to cast doubt about whether next month’s planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will go ahead, fo(...)

Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, set out a long list of demands on Iran in a speech on Monday at the  Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

A senior Iranian military commander poured scorn on US threats to tighten sanctions on Tuesday, saying the Islamic Republic’s people would respond by (...)

In a major speech in Washington on Monday, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo warned Iran would face “the strongest sanctions in history” if it did not adhere to a dozen requirements. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The United States escalated tensions with Iran on Monday, threatening new sanctions on the country if it does not meet a strict set of demands. In a (...)

North Korea summit: the White House was unnerved by the sudden change of tone from Pyongyang last week. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty

The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, will meet Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday amid concern in Washington about next month’s proposed s(...)

President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China: investors globally were cheered by easing trade tensions between the US and China. Photograph: NYT

The Iseq surged 1.2 per cent on Monday, helped by a surge by Ryanair, one of the index’s heavyweight stocks, and as investors globally were cheered by(...)

 Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr: did not run as a candidate and has ruled himself out as prime minister – but made clear whom he considers natural political allies. Photograph:  Karim Kadim/AP

Iraqis are still haunted by memories of black-clad death squads roaming Baghdad neighbourhoods a decade ago, cleansing them of Sunnis as the country w(...)

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