House minority leader Nancy Pelosi after a vote to end a government shutdown on Capitol Hill. The shutdown was the second in less than three weeks. Photograph: Joshua Roberts

The controversy over the departure of a White House staff member accused of domestic abuse deepened on Friday as US president Donald Trump praised the(...)

Christopher Steele,  hired to undertake research on then candidate Trump, claims is alleged to have told then deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr that he was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not becoming president”. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Republicans accused the FBI of anti-Trump bias and abusing its power to wiretap American citizens in an explosive four-page memo published on Friday. (...)

US president Donald Trump prepares to board Air Force One in Zurich following his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, today. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos to face a wave of new allegations involving the Russia investigation, includ(...)