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Donald Trump: words appear to signal that there may not be an immediate US response to the incident. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

US president Donald Trump has said “Iran made a very big mistake” in shooting down a US drone, increasing tensions and talk of possible open conflict.(...)

Gen Amir Ali Hajizadeh,  Iran’s head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, looks at debris from a downed US drone  in  capital Tehran on Friday. Photograph: Meghdad Madadi/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has said he cancelled a planned military strike on Iran on Thursday night because it was “not proportionate to shooting down(...)

US president Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after a meeting with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday. Photograph: Bloomberg

A US official said the military made preparations for limited strikes on Iran in retaliation for the downing of a US surveillance drone, but approval (...)

John Dean, former White House counsel in the Nixon administration, is sworn in before testifying at a House judiciary committee hearing  about the Mueller report on Monday . Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Democrats stepped up their pressure on US president Donald Trump over the Mueller investigation on Monday, summoning John Dean, the White House counse(...)

 Workers  at the Huawei stand at the Mobile Expo in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Reuters/Jorge Silva

The White House budget office has requested more time to implement a law that bans companies dealing with Huawei, the Chinese telecoms equipment compa(...)

Chinese leader Xi Jinping toasted the Russian leader  Vladimir Putin as his 	‘best friend’.   Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

As China pivots towards Russia amid its escalating trade war with Washington, military tensions have been ratcheted up in the region on a number of fr(...)

Special counsel Robert Mueller exits after speaking about the Russia investigation at the Justice Department in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

When I was a political reporter at the New York Times, I had an editor who told me never to give anyone a Homeric epithet. Such epithets denote a perm(...)

Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: calling  for US “prudence and responsibility”, saying “The Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol.” Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

The Trump administration opened up a new front in the global trade war, threatening to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports if the country does not s(...)

US president Donald Trump: ‘I think Mueller is a true never Trumper. He’s somebody that dislikes Donald Trump.’ Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump renewed his attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday, a day after the former FBI director broke his silence abo(...)

India’s president Ram Nath Kovind (left)  administered the oath of office to  Narendra Modi   at a grand ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi. Photograph: Reuters/Adnan Abidi

Narendra Modi was sworn in on Thursday for a second consecutive five-year term as India’s prime minister at a grand ceremony in New Delhi attended by (...)

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