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US president Barack Obama: spoke to French president Francois Hollande last night over revelations of bugging by the NSA. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama sought to reassure French president Francois Hollande about the countries’ relations after a report that the National Securi(...)

Kerry praises Pakistan as key partner
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  • October 21, 2013, 06:44

The US relationship with Pakistan “could not be more important” as the Islamic republic grapples with economic and security woes and regional stabilit(...)

Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz  leaves after speaking following a meeting  of his party caucus on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Fresh from his victory this week, which saw congressional Republicans unconditionally surrender over the government shutdown after 16 days, President (...)

The Korean War Veterans’ Memorial in Washington DC was reopened to the public yesterday as the White House moved quickly to get the government running after a 16-day shutdown. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

There was a bizarre moment late on Wednesday night as the House of Representatives voted on a Senate deal to end the 16-day United States government s(...)

Reporters gather around US senator Ted Cruz as he announces he will not filibuster, after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the US Capitol in Washington. Mr Cruz, the new Texas senator and the Tea Party favourite who led the charge to make healthcare reforms central to the budget talks, lashed out at all comers yesterday after the Senate compromise. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

What happened in Washington last night? US Congress passed a deal brokered by Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate yesterday on a sh(...)

Religious leaders pray outside the Capitol on Wednesday, the 16th day of the government shutdown in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate struck a deal to end the 16-day US government shutdown and avert a looming historic debt default a(...)

A cleaner dusts a statue of Alexander Hamilton, a founding father of the US, in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington yesterday as the US government shutdown entered a third week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

A possible congressional deal to avert a default after the United States reaches a debt limit tomorrow fell apart yesterday as Senate Democrats and th(...)

Senate majority leader Harry Reid walks through the Capitol building yesterday in Washington, DC. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images.

US senators said they were closing in on a deal yesterday that would reopen the government and push back a possible default for several months, though(...)

A biker rides past the US Capitol  in Washington DC, yesterday. With the government shutdown going into the 14th day and the deadline for raising the debt ceiling fast approaching, Democrats and Republicans are still in a stalemate. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

So you have this neighbour who has been making your life hell. First he tied you up with a spurious lawsuit; you’re both suffering from huge legal bil(...)

China’s premier Li Keqiang, who told US secretary of state John Kerry last week that Beijing was “highly concerned” about Washington’s debt ceiling problem and its failure to resolve its debt crisis. Photograph: Reuters

In a frank editorial, China’s official state news agency, Xinhua, yesterday launched a fierce broadside against the United States, saying its current (...)

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