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Former US vice-president Joe Biden in stills from a video in which he pledges to be “more mindful about respecting personal space in the future”. Photograph:  Joe Biden/Handout via Reuters.

This week the Democratic race to become the party’s nominee in next year’s presidential election took an uncomfortable turn as Joe Biden came face to (...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention in Pennsylvania in 2016. His aides he will not be dissuaded by the allegations from entering the presidential race. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the US House of Representatives, offered a measured defence of Joe Biden on Tuesday, arguing that the allegati(...)

A person holds up a sign during rally to protest the Trump administration’s reported transgender proposal to narrow the definition of gender to male or female at birth, at City Hall in New York City. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The US mission to the United Nations is seeking to eliminate the word “gender” from UN human rights documents, most often replacing it with “woman”, a(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. They  appear to have made progress on the sale of an advanced Russian S-400 air missile defence system to Turkey. Photograph: Getty Images

When Donald Trump took office in January, a popular question was who among world leaders would fill the vacuum created by Washington’s inward turn. Wh(...)

An  11-year-old transgender child of an active duty serviceman  looks on during a press conference condemning US president Donald Trump’s ban on transgender service members. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty

Transgender individuals will be prohibited from serving in the US military “in any capacity” US president Donald Trump said on Wednesday, undercutting(...)

US president Donald Trump, who has announced that transgender individuals are to be banned from serving in the US military in any capacity. Photograph: Tony Dejak/AP

Transgender individuals are to be banned from serving in the US military “in any capacity”, US president Donald Trump has announced, citing “medical c(...)

 North Korean   leader Kim Jong-un at a missile test centre in North Korea. Analysts say the pair of engines he is standing in front of could power an intercontinental ballistic missile. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/The New York Times

Three years ago, former US president Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missi(...)

People hold signs calling for the release of imprisoned  whistleblower Chelsea Manning  in a gay pride parade in San Francisco, on  June 28th, 2015. Photograph:  Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Chelsea Manning thanked Barack Obama on Thursday morning, two days after the outgoing US president commuted her 35-year military prison sentence . “T(...)

A B-2 stealth bomber photographed in California in 2014. This was the aircraft used to bomb Islamic State targets in Libya on Wednesday. File photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

More than 80 Islamic State fighters were killed in US air strikes on Libya on Wednesday night, US defence secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday. US B(...)

US defence secretary Ash Carter speaks to Iraqi and US soldiers in Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Hadi Mizban/AP Photo

US defence secretary Ash Carter has claimed the US has killed three key leaders of the Islamic State group in Syria. Among the dead were two militan(...)

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