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Supporters of president-elect Nicolas Maduro celebrate in Caracas late last night.  Photograph: Meridith Kohut/The New York Times

The White House said today that auditing Venezuela's close election that was narrowly won by Nicholas Maduro, the late socialist leader Hugo Ch(...)

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein  speaks to reporters outside the Senate Chamber in Washington.

Enough Republican senators ceded to mounting political and public pressure to pave the way for a debate on the first major piece of gun-control (...)

Jeffrey Zients, second from right, the office of management and budget acting director, on his way to a news conference to discuss President Barack Obama's budget proposal for the fiscal year 2014. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times

President Obama has proposed a $3.8 trillion (€2.8 trillion) budget to Congress combining controversial cuts to social welfare(...)

US president Barack Obama hosts a concert of Memphis Soul music as part of the ’In Performance at the White House’ series in the East Room of the White House last night. Photograph: Martin H Simon-Pool/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama will today send Congress his 2014 budget, in an effort to achieve an elusive “grand bargain” to tame runaway deficits(...)

Ecuadorian immigrant Diego Cazar, now living in the US for 12 years, looks towards the Statue of Liberty while participating in a rally for immigration reform at the weekend. Photograph: John Moore Getty Images

This week on Capitol Hill will be significant for plans to usher in the most radical changes to immigration law in a quarter of a century as a (...)

Hillary  Clinton addresses the Vital Voices Global Partnership  Awards gala. Photograph: Cliff Owen

Please don’t ask me this any more. It’s such a silly question. Of course Hillary is running. I’ve never met a man who was told he could be pres(...)

Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface on July 20th, 1969... or not, according to the conspiracy theorists. Photograph: AP/Nasa/Buzz Aldrin

You could view the recent survey by Public Policy Polling, a respected US organisation, as one of those proverbial glasses that is either half-(...)

A South Korean soldier patrols a checkpoint on the Grand Unification Bridge, which leads to the demilitarised zone. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

China warned against "troublemaking" on its doorstep, in an apparent rebuke to North Korea, and the United States said it was postponing a miss(...)

An employee wearing a protection suit sprays disinfectant on chickens at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province today.  Photograph: Reuters

Chinese authorities have slaughtered over 20,000 birds at a poultry market in Shanghai today as the death toll from a new strain of bird flu mo(...)

Army reservists salute the flag during a Foundation Day ceremony of the local reserve forces in Seoul today.  North Korea has placed two of its intermediate range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them on the east coast of the country in a move that could threaten Japan or US Pacific bases, South Korean media has reported. Photograph: Lim Hun-jung/Reuters

The United States would not be surprised if North Korea were to conduct a new missile test, White House spokesman Jay Carney has told reporters(...)

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