US Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer  makes a point to president Donald Trump in the Oval Office prior to Trump’s departure for North Dakota to deliver a speech on tax reform. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

As Americans cleaned up after Hurricane Harvey and braced for Hurricane Irma, another dramatic week in Washington – the first week of Congress after t(...)

Egypt’s ancient library at Alexandria (c.300 BC) once held all of the world’s knowledge in half a million scrolls, representing 30-70 per cent of the (...)

 US president Donald Trump strongly defended his decision to fire FBI director James Comey, saying “Director Comey was very unpopular with most people”.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has denied he asked former FBI director James Comey to halt an investigation into former national security adviser Mike Fly(...)

US President Donald Trump tweeted: “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has denounced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign’s ties with Russia, calling it an unprecedent(...)

Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson in Washington last week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The Trump administration will honour a commitment by the United States to resettle 1,250 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention sources, the Au(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: Opposition TDs dispute his and the Department of Finance’s view that the  billions in back taxes could not be spent on public services. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Independent Alliance Ministers were undecided last night on whether they would support the proposal from Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to appeal(...)

US president Barack Obama points to Bear Glacier during a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. He used the trip to press home the message that changes unfolding in the Arctic pose an urgent threat to local populations and the rest of the world. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Last April, two experienced polar researchers set off from the remote Canadian outpost of Resolute Bay, planning to ski 400km across the high Arctic. (...)

In a rare unanimous vote, the US House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at barring Hamid Abutalebi from receiving a visa to enter the US. Photograph: EPA

The United States denied a visa to Iran’s proposed UN ambassador today, citing the envoy’s links to the 1979-1981 Iranian hostage crisis, in a (...)