Samantha Power: President Trump “is way more divisive and more of a purveyor of hate towards different groups and trying to pit different parts of American society against each other than I expected.” Photograph: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fortune/Time Inc

It’s mid-afternoon in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Samantha Power is in reflective mode. Sitting in the mid-October sun in the gardens of Harvard’s (...)

A teleprompter displays US president Donald Trump’s speech as he delivers an address to the nation at Fort Myer in Arlington on Monday on the US’s continuing military involvement in Afghanistan. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times)

US president Donald Trump’s scepticism about the United States’s involvement in Afghanistan was no secret to his staff. But his top national security (...)

Steve Bannon  championed Donald Trump’s America First motto . Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

With the departure of Steve Bannon on Friday the court of Donald Trump lost its rumpled chief ideologue. Mr Bannon was a man who prized his image as a(...)

The new White House chief of staff General John Kelly:  often described the White House as one of the most dysfunctional organisations he had ever seen. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

In his six months as homeland security secretary, John Kelly often described the White House as one of the most dysfunctional organisations he had eve(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters about North Korea’s missile launch. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

North Korea test-fired its second intercontinental missile (ICBM) within a month on Friday, a provocation that heightens pressure on the US and China(...)

Members of Iranian forces take cover during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Tasnim News Agency/Handout/Reuters

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards ratcheted up the tensions with Saudi Arabia as it accused its regional rival of involvement in Wednesday’s double terroris(...)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People’s Army earlier this year. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters

North Korea fired at least one short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a fast-paced series of(...)

South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in: by engaging with all of the actors in the crisis, he is well positioned to bring all the pieces into place. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/Reuters

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in’s energetic first days in office, engaging with all the actors in the nuclear crisis bedevilling the Korean Peninsula(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  has rejoined the ruling AKP  after a nearly three-year absence. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his first 100 days last week as head of Turkey’s new regime by reverting to membership in the ruling Justice and (...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson holds a press conference on Iran at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has described a landmark nuclear deal with Iran as a failure, only hours after the State Department said Tehran wa(...)

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