Barack Obama

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The scorched wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17  near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of Ukraine in July, 2014. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters/file

The family of the only American aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has used US anti-terror law to start an unusual legal action which could be follo(...)

 Tiger Woods is assisted by previous winner Patrick Reed as he dons the green jacket following his victory at the US Masters at Augusta National. Photograph:  David Cannon/Getty Images

The first time most of us saw Tiger Woods was in a Nike advert. ‘Hello World’ aired in 1996, when the 21-year-old had just turned pro after leaving co(...)

A woman cries as people look at Notre Dame  engulfed in flames from the Paris’s Hotel de Ville esplanade on Monday. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Notre Dame burned. Those are words that belong to a metaphor, or the opening line of a novel, or the plot for a post-apocalyptic zombie film. Those ar(...)

US president Donald Trump speaking on Thursday the White House, where he said: ‘I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing.’ Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

Almost a decade ago, Julian Assange released a torrent of classified information that laid bare US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the secrets of Ame(...)

Four women have said Joe  Biden made them feel uncomfortable when he touched them at political events in past years. File photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Former US vice-president Joe Biden has attempted to tamp down a controversy over allegations of unwanted physical contact with women, releasing a vide(...)

US president Donald Trump:    What voters did not know in 2016 was that he would preside as another small-government Republican. Photograph: Getty Images

Freed from the partisan tempers of our time, the Americans of tomorrow will look back at the Robert Mueller inquiry as a national feat. An independen(...)

House speaker Nancy Pelosi walks to a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Everyone complains about the weather. Nobody does anything about it. The same applies to the US economy. America shifts restlessly from its first non-(...)

Robert Mueller. He  has delivered his report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election to attorney general William Barr. Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Over the past 22 months Robert Mueller has revealed a significant amount of detail about Russia’s role in the 2016 US presidential election and the ac(...)

Taylor Swift: economic genius

One of the many quirks of economics is the way in which data and theory collide. Not too long ago, few – if any – controversies were ever settled by r(...)

Centrist Democrat Beto O’Rourke, adherent of the “Oprah Winfrey school of positive thinking”. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

When Barack Obama launched his White House bid 12 years ago, he already had a library of well-crafted policies. Some were bold. Others were small-bore(...)

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