House of Representatives oversight and reform committee chairman Elijah Cummings. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has attacked a majority-black district represented by a congressional nemesis as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess(...)

US secretary of labour Alexander Acosta at a press conference on Wednesday, where he defended his handling of a secret plea deal he made a decade ago with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who had been accused of sexually abusing young girls. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

US secretary of labour Alexander Acosta defended his role in reaching a plea deal with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago, ami(...)

Paul Manafort was expected to face up to 24 years in prison. File photograph:   Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager has been sentenced to 47 months in prison by a judge in Virginia for bank and tax f(...)

Pressure continues to mount on US president Donald Trump.  Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The US trade deficit jumped to $621 billion last year, in a significant blow to US president Donald Trump, who made addressing the massive imbalance a(...)

Michael Cohen listens as he finishes a day of testimony to the House Oversight  Committee  in Washington on Wednesday. If Cohen is a rat, Trump is the mafia boss who gets ratted on in the end. Photograph:  J Scott Applewhite/AP)

It was not just the inherent drama of the occasion that made Michael Cohen’s testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on We(...)

Michael Cohen (left), Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, arrives for a closed-door interview with the Senate intelligence committee in Washington on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

The US House of Representatives has voted to revoke Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the border with Me(...)

Workers make a North Korean and  US flag with paper flowers in Hanoi as US president Donald Trump gets set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photograph: Jewel Samad

US president Donald Trump left Washington on Monday for Hanoi ahead of his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The two-day summit, wh(...)

Roger Stone: ordered by a judge  not to publicly discuss the details of his criminal case. Photograph:  Al Drago/Bloomberg

Longtime Donald Trump ally Roger Stone has been ordered by a judge in Washington not to publicly discuss the details of his criminal case, after he po(...)

House speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Two competing Bills aimed at ending the US government shutdown failed to pass the Senate on Thursday, though there were tentative signs that cross-par(...)

Nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan approaches the southeastern port city of Busan on Tuesday.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Tensions over North Korea increased on Tuesday as the United States moved a submarine to a South Korean port and North Korea marked the 85th anniversa(...)

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