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 US president Trump participates in the swearing-in ceremony of Brett Kavanaugh (R) as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, DC. File Photographh: Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images

Almost a year after Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a US supreme court justice, President Donald Trump’s controversial pick to join the highest court (...)

Brett Kavanaugh (right), a conservative appointed by Donald Trump, was confirmed by the US Senate in October after he denied accusations of sexual assault from three women. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

US president Donald Trump rejected Democrats’ calls for impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday after a new report involving sexual(...)

Nicola Zingaretti said a ‘turning-point’ government was needed marking a clear break from the policies of the previous government. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

The leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic party (PD) is under pressure to relent to demands for Giuseppe Conte to lead a PD-Five Star Movement coal(...)

 Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte,   flanked by peputy prime ministers Matteo Salvini (left) and Luigi Di Maio,  addresses the Senate in Rome on Tuesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Italy’s prime minister accused his interior minister, right-wing politician Matteo Salvini, on Tuesday of trying to drag down the ruling coalition fo(...)

Members of the Proud Boys and their supporters march during a rally in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Portland saw its largest far-right demonstration of the Trump era on Saturday, as 500 right-wingers travelled from around the United States to march b(...)

John Neilan in Berlin at his co-working space Tuesday

Working Abroad Q&A: Each week, Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. This week John Neilan, who is orig(...)

Christian Heyne, who lost his mother to gun violence, urges Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to legislate on background checks. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

There were tentative signs yesterday [Wednesday] that Congress was considering new measures on gun control, as the fall-out from two back-to-back mass(...)

US national security advisor John Bolton arrives for a meeting with Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid at Downing Street in London, Britain. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Irish officials in Washington have stepped-up efforts to highlight Ireland’s concerns about the impact of Brexit on the Belfast agreement, following s(...)

US president Donald Trump  posing with a two-month-old mass shooting survivor held by Melania Trump:  grinning, the US leader  give the thumbs-up.  Photograph: Flotus/EPA

One of the most totemic pictures of the Obama era was a White House photo showing the president bowing to let a five-year-old black boy touch his hair(...)

 Guns and ammunition on sale at a shop in Sacramento, California.  About a third of US gun owners have five guns or more, figures show. Photograph: Andrew Burton/The New York Times

Donald Trump left Washington on Friday for a 10-day working vacation at his Bedminster golf course in New Jersey following a week which left Americans(...)

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