Handout photo  showing the North Korean ship ‘M/V Wise Honest’ which the US department of justice  announced had been seized by the US government. Photograph: US department of justice/EPA

The US seized a North Korean ship which was carrying coal that violated United Nations sanctions, the justice department announced on Thursday. The mo(...)

US attorney general William Barr: A full vote on the floor of the House will now be scheduled, and the issue of contempt is ultimately likely to end up in court. Photograph: Reuters/ Jonathan Ernst

The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold attorney general William Barr in contempt of Congress on Wednesday, the latest escalation in the battle be(...)

Ecuadorians demonstrate in Quito against the expulsion of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after almost seven years. Photograph: Jose Jacome/EPA

Senior Democrats have said that Julian Assange should be held accountable for WikiLeaks’ hacking of Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential ele(...)

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(...)

President Donald Trump said  US intelligence chiefs were “extremely passive”.  Photograph:  Alex Edelman / AFPs

President Donald Trump hit out at US intelligence chiefs on Wednesday, a day after senior officials contradicted him about key elements of foreign pol(...)

Roger Stone has been released on bail on a $250,000 bond, and his movements have been restricted to Florida, New York and Washington DC. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Roger Stone, a long time ally of US president Donald Trump, has pleaded not guilty at a court appearance in Washington to criminal charges relating to(...)

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(...)

The US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Politicians in Washington will try to resolve deep-seated divisions on immigration in the coming days in order to avert a partial government shutdown (...)

Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter,  and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook: Lawmakers are upping pressure on technology companies over election meddling, alleged anti-conservative bias and antitrust questions. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

While the most attention-grabbing tech event this week was the appearance of two high-profile Silicon Valley executives before two US congressional co(...)

 Gina Haspel: wrote a letter to senator Mark Warner, a Democrat on the intelligence committee, addressing concerns about the interrogation programme after the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The Senate intelligence committee has endorsed Gina Haspel’s nomination to become the next head of the CIA, paving the way for her approval by the fu(...)

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