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Brett Kavanaugh at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill, in Washington, September 6th, 2018. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up his defence of his supreme court pick Brett Kavanaugh, saying it is hard to imagine the judge commit(...)

A Russian IL-20M (Ilyushin 20m) plane. Russia blamed Israel on Tuesday for the loss of a military IL-20M jet to Syrian fire, killing all 15 servicemen on board. Photograph: Nikita Shchyukin/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin moved to ease tensions after a dangerous row erupted between Russia and Israel on Tuesday over the accidental downing(...)

US president Donald Trump talks with his nominee for the supreme court, Brett Kavanaugh,  at his nomination announcement in the East Room of the White House on July 9th. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

US supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of a 1982 sexual assault will be called to testify in the Senate next Monday, c(...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden at a reception for the launch of the Cambridge History of Ireland at the Irish ambassador’s residence in Washington on Monday night. Photograph: Marty Katz

Former vice-president Joe Biden has praised the role played by immigration in the emergence of modern America, in a speech at the residence of the Iri(...)

 Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: categorically denied the allegations of an attack last week after a New Yorker article published details of the alleged incident without including the name of the accuser. Photograph:  Alex Wroblewski/Reuters

All ten Democrats on the US Senate judiciary committee have called on the Senate to postpone a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the supreme cou(...)

 US supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said he “categorically and unequivocally” denies the allegations against him. Photograph: Getty Images

A woman who had anonymously accused US supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s decided to go public with her acc(...)

Volunteers from all over North Carolina have been  helping to rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence  in New Bern, North Carolina. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

As the flat-bottomed fishing boat crept into a swirling river that had once been Summer Haven Lane, Tray Tillman scanned the brown floodwaters and hal(...)

A trader on the floor of New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s trade-sensitive cars and mining shares climbed on Thursday on news of fresh US-China trade talks, though the broader market lost momentum aft(...)

On September 13th, 1993, US president Bill Clinton stands between PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzahk Rabin as they shake hands. Photograph: J David Ake/AFP/Getty Images

Twenty-five years ago on Thursday, a portly Palestinian boy scout raised the Palestinian red, white, black and green flag from the balcony of Orient H(...)

File image of Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. File photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has summoned senior Catholic bishops from across the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors, in his latest attempt to g(...)

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