Not just packages: drones are generating climate data, monitoring borders, helping fire brigades to assess damage and aiding police teams in suspect tracking. Photograph: iStock

US businesses are deploying drones in unprecedented numbers, as uses for the unmanned aircraft move beyond photography into mapping, gathering data an(...)

In an interview, US president Donald Trump did not rule out a second government shutdown if he does not secure funding for his border wall. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump will deliver his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night, against the background of continuing uncertainty about (...)

A gas station submerged under flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Rose City, Texas. Photograph: Reuters

Crude futures fell on Friday, partly reversing sharp gains from the previous session, amid ongoing turmoil in the oil industry following Hurricane Har(...)

Declan Ganley: Rivada Mercury lodged a claim with a US court asking it to declare that excluding it was “arbitrary and capricious”. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A consortium led by Declan Ganley’s Rivada Networks is taking legal action against the US government in an effort to stay in the race for a federal t(...)

Environmental activists arrive in English village of Balcombe, West Sussex, on Saturday for the Reclaim the Power Action Camp, as anti-fracking demonstrations continue at the Cuadrilla exploratory drilling site there. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

When I was in school, my English teacher introduced me to the concept of “God words”, words whose associations are so visceral that they can’t be argu(...)