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US president Donald Trump: declared a national emergency at the Mexican border  to access billions of dollars to build a border wall. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Democrats have vowed to pursue the Trump administration through the courts after the US president declared a national emergency over immigration. Ann(...)

Taking a security bet on Huawei in 5G networks when its main competitors, Ericsson and Nokia, are European no longer feels sensible. Photograph: Getty Images

During the Maoist cultural revolution in China, a young soldier called Ren Zhengfei was sent to the northeastern city of Liaoyang to help build a clot(...)

US president Donald Trump and China’s president Xi Jinping: the bilateral relationship of old, with its polite hypocrisies and blind-eye turning, is not coming back. Photograph: Damir Sagolj

How much does Donald Trump weigh? On the scales of history, that is. A US president must mount them for a provisional judgment at the two-year mark. I(...)

US president Donald Trump says he may announce a national emergency to build the Mexican wall if Congress does not grant money for project. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Donald Trump said a steel barrier would satisfy his demand for a wall along the US-Mexico border on Sunday, as the partial shutdown of the government (...)

US president Donald Trump and defence secretary James Mattis at a cabinet meeting at the White House on June 21st, 2018.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg

And then there were none. It is only a slight exaggeration to say that Jim Mattis, the outgoing US secretary for defence, was the last grown-up in Don(...)

A trader at CMC Markets in London: financial markets are being subjected to a daily barrage of mixed Brexit headlines. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Currency traders in London, preparing for an all-nighter on Tuesday as Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement was supposed to come before the UK parlia(...)

“Most scientists and historians would agree that Einstein’s quest was driven by scientific curiosity.” Photograph:  Getty Images)
Is science influenced by politics?

“Science is always political,” asserted a young delegate at an international conference on the history of physics earlier this month. It was a very en(...)

John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in John Ford’s film, The Searchers. “Ford and Wayne forged an identity for America that lasted for decades.” Photograph: AP/Warner Bros

My older brother Michael taught me many things. He taught me to hold vinyl records gingerly at the edges, so I wouldn’t smudge them, and how to wipe (...)

 US president Donald Trump shakes hands with US supreme court chief justice John Roberts  in Washington in February last year. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP/Getty Images

US chief justice John Roberts on Wednesday strongly defended the federal judiciary a day after president Donald Trump referred to a judge who ruled ag(...)

US president Donald Trump, flanked by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, meets Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in May 2017. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Donald Trump has expressed his unstinting support for Saudi Arabia and questioned whether Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, knew about the murder(...)

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