US president Donald Trump with attorney general Jeff Sessions during a graduation ceremony at the FBI’s headquarters in  Quantico, Virginia, on Friday. Photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Tensions between Donald Trump and the FBI escalated on Friday as the US president described the behaviour of the agency as “disgraceful” as he departe(...)

Victory for Democrat Doug Jones in a special election in Alabama is a welcome result but does not necessarily herald similar changes in next year’s and 2020’s congressional and presidential votes. Photograph: Audra Melton/The New York Times

Alabama’s voters have shocked the Republican Party, energised Democrats and alerted an attentive world to the possibility of political change in the U(...)

House Speaker Paul Ryan: House is willing to accommodate health concerns of some Senate members for vote’s timing. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The timeline of the Republican tax reform plan remains uncertain amid signs that a much-anticipated vote in the Senate next week may be postponed due (...)

Democratic senator  Kirsten Gillibrand, who described a tweet about her by US president Donald Trump as a “sexist smear”.  Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand has accused Donald Trump of a “sexist smear” after the US president attacked her personally following her call for(...)

Al Franken walks away from the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Thursday, with his wife, Franni Bryson, after he announced his resignation as senator. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Democratic senator Al Franken bowed to pressure and announced his resignation from the US Senate on Thursday, becoming the second Democratic politicia(...)

Liberal MP Warren Entsch (centre) hugs Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) after the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. Photograph: Lukas Coach/EPA

Australia became the 26th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage after a Bill to do so was passed almost unanimously through parliament ju(...)

 Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain (L) and Democratic Senator from Rhode Island Jack Reed (R) attend an Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, . Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The push by Republicans to reform the US tax code was thrown into turmoil on Thursday evening as new rulings on the fiscal implications of a Senate bi(...)

 British prime minister Theresa May was lambasted by  US president Donald Trump for criticising his sharing of anti-Muslim videos by the far-right group Britain First. Photograph: AFP/ Getty images

US president Donald Trump reignited the controversy over his move to share anti-Muslim videos on social media, as he lambasted British prime minister (...)

Pacnet recently asked a New York court to hold $5.2 million in client funds

Irish Canadian payments processor Pacnet says it is working to ensure clients can access their cash following the lifting of sanctions against it by U(...)

President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/EPA

US president Donald Trump has declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism. The designation on Monday allows the United States to impose additio(...)

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