Then US vice-president Joe Biden with Lloyd Austin, whom he has chosen to be his defence secretary, in April 2009. Photograph: Stan Gilliland/EPA

Joe Biden’s intention to nominate Lloyd Austin as defence secretary – which would make him the first African-American to serve in the role – has run i(...)

 US President Donald Trump (right) with  US attorney general William Barr. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

US attorney general William Barr’s instruction to federal prosecutors to investigate possible instances of electoral fraud is a significant escalation(...)

A Donald Trump supporter holding a QAnon flag  in Keystone, South Dakota. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty

Last year, I inflicted a series of letters to my Irish father on the reading public of the United States and, I am told, several customers at Hodges F(...)

John Bolton says he offered to resign as national security adviser after US  president Donald Trump informed him that his services were no longer needed. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has fired John Bolton as national security adviser after months of tension over policy towards Iran and North Korea, saying (...)

 President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House after arriving on Marine One in Washington, DC on Tuesday morning.  Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/Bloomberg

The US will outspend any other country  in building up its nuclear arsenal, President Donald Trump has  said, in a fresh chal(...)

US president Donald Trump said the move was in retaliation for China’s decision to raise tariffs on $50bn in US goods. Photograph: AP

US president Donald Trump has threatened to impose a 10 per cent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods, prompting a swift warning from Beijing of re(...)

The US president Donald Trump: his anti-immigration wishlist dashes hopes for Dreamers.  Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The prospects for a bipartisan deal to protect 800,000 immigrants brought to the US illegally as children are facing new doubts as Donald Trump pushes(...)

Supporters hold signs, hours before Donald Trump’s campaign rally at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, Washington, last weekend: the businessman has a massive negative rating among women. Photograph: David Ryder/The New York Times

Businessman Donald Trump’s olive-branch meeting with speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders on Capitol Hill(...)

A man murders his parents and then begs for the mercy of the court as a poor orphan. This is a definition of barefaced cheek. We have a new one. On a (...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has accused bailout monitors of making “absurd” demands. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

What is going to happen with Greece? Nobody knows. That does not mean nobody cares. On the contrary people care passionately, in directly conflicting (...)

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