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US military vehicles in Syria’s northern city of Manbij on December 30th. The city is controlled by Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which have been fighting the Islamic State terror group with US support. Photograph:   by Delil Souleiman /AFP/Getty Images

A 34-year-old man from Houston who is said to have sent a CV and cover letter seeking a job with Islamic State has been seized on a battlefield in Syr(...)

US president Donald Trump says he may announce a national emergency to build the Mexican wall if Congress does not grant money for project. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Donald Trump said a steel barrier would satisfy his demand for a wall along the US-Mexico border on Sunday, as the partial shutdown of the government (...)

Republican Nancy Pelosi. The spectacle at the Capitol on Thursday, as she reclaimed the gavel, was redolent of that iconic “Breakfast Club” scene, with all its rebellious energy and zeal to fight The Man. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Lucky there’s no Saturday detention at the Capitol. Republicans – and some Democrats – would certainly make like Mr Vernon, the Breakfast Club discipl(...)

 President Donald Trump has warned the government shutdown could last for years. Photograph: Bloomberg

Sunday is day 16 of a partial government shutdown that US president Donald Trump said could go on for months or years, if he is not given funding for (...)

 Mike Pence, Kirstjen Nielsen,  Ja’Ron Smith and Jared Kushner  exit the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, US, on Saturday. Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/EPA

US vice-president Mike Pence and other senior Trump administration officials met with Democratic congressional staffers on Saturday to try to break a(...)

 Nancy Pelosi is applauded after her election as speaker of the US House of Representatives on Thursday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Ebullient Democrats assumed control of the US House of Representatives on Thursday and elected Nancy Pelosi of California speaker, returning her to a (...)

US president Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Rose Garden after meeting with US congressional leaders about the government shutdown and border security. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump and senior Democrats failed to strike a deal in talks on Friday to end a partial shutdown of the US government as they again(...)

Nancy Pelosi  raises the gavel after being elected as US House of Representatives speaker on Thursday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Democrats wasted no time flexing their new power in the US House of Representatives on Thursday by approving legislation backed by new speaker Nancy (...)

US president Donald Trump: Americans knew he was a rogue when they elected him. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

In Washington, where even the metaphors are militarised, the White House is said to be under “siege”. The word will not do. It implies outside hordes (...)

‘I’m always going to want to go where the story is, to bear witness to history’ – Alicia Lloyd of CNN

Each week, Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. Alicia Lloyd, originally from Co Leitrim, works as a broad(...)

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