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US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  said the Trump administration would maintain its military presence in Syria  to prevent Islamic State’s resurgence, press for the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad, and counter Iranian influence. Photograph: Ben Nelms/Reuters

The Syrian government has condemned the US presence in Syria as illegal and an aggression, in response to a US plan to deploy its forces in the countr(...)

Pakistan: A risky estrangement

The decision by the United States to suspend almost $1 billion in security aid to Pakistan may have been accompanied by President Donald Trump’s trade(...)

Observation car on an Amtrak train. Photograph: Julia Vallerga

Train travel in the US is well worth doing – if you have the time and the patience. To get from New York to Austin, Texas, a journey of more than 2,70(...)

President Donald Trump “has a need for immediate gratification”, according to Wolff. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, a former director of Bank of Ireland, was ridiculed in the Trump White House for “never missing an Air Force One op(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/Getty Images

Former British prime minister Tony Blair told voters on Thursday that time was running out to reverse Brexit, a folly that he said would torpedo Brita(...)

US president Donald Trump celebrates the passage of a major tax overhaul with Republican members of the House and Senate on the  South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US president Donald Trump secured the biggest win of his presidency on Wednesday as Republicans passed the most sweeping US tax overhaul since the 198(...)

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(...)

Most of the wind and solar energy powering Georgetown in Texas is travelling halfway across a state on a par with France in terms of physical size.

Georgetown in the state of Texas is one of the only cities in the United States powered entirely by renewable energy sources. As the city is overwhelm(...)

President Donald  Trump holds up the  Space Policy Directive 1 executive order after signing it  in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

President Donald Trump announced on Monday that the moon would be the next destination for US astronauts, putting the Oval Office’s imprimatur on what(...)

A well-known political and human rights activist, Jim Cullen served as Sinn Féin’s legal representative in the US and took over as president of Friends of Sinn Féin in 2012. He stepped down from the role this year. File photograph: Simon Carswell

The death has taken place of Jim Cullen, a former president of Friends of Sinn Féin, the political party’s US organisation, and a prominent member of (...)

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