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Foreign policy: The Democratic presidential hopeful  most steeped in such policy, former vice-president Joe Biden, hardly brings it  up. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty

Towards the end of an almost-great career, which did not include his dream assignment as secretary of state, the US diplomat Richard Holbrooke confide(...)

US president Donald Trump at a roundtable discussion on immigration and border security in Calexico, California, on April 5th. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

“Poor Ike,” said Harry Truman of Dwight Eisenhower, his successor-elect as US president in 1952. “He’ll sit here and he’ll say ‘Do this! Do that!’ And(...)

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg with vice-president Mike Pence and House speaker Nancy Pelosi: Nato is “the most successful alliance in history”.  Photograph:  Erin Schaff/New York Times

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg launched a passionate defence of the north Atlantic alliance on Wednesday as he addressed Congress on the eve (...)

US president Donald Trump picks up a bowl of shamrocks in the White House on St Patrick’s Day last year as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US vice-president Mike Pence look on. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Rituals matter. Next week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will present a bowl of shamrock to US president Donald Trump in the White House, continuing a tradi(...)

 Former US president George HW Bush (bottom) celebrates his 85th birthday by jumping with the US army’s Golden Knight parachute team in a tandem jump with SFC Michael Elliott in Kennebunkport, Maine in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

George Herbert Walker Bush Born June 12th, 1924 Died November 30th, 2018 George HW Bush, who has died aged 94, was the 41st president of the US (19(...)

US President Donald Trump as he plays a round of golf on the Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry. Photo: Andy Buchanan/Getty Images

Once Chequers was done with, and Windsor out of the way, Donald Trump turned to the more pressing presidential business of addressing a golf ball. Tru(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar poses with a member of the public while canvassing in Rathfarnham on Friday for a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

If Leo Varadkar’s canvass in Rathfarnham yesterday is anything to go by, his main enemy in the campaign in the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendm(...)

US president Donald Trump, with vice president Mike Pence standing behind him, announces his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The US State Department has banned its diplomatic staff from visiting Jerusalem’s Old City and the West Bank for non-essential reasons, as president D(...)

Former president Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter at home:  “[Barack Obama] made some very wonderful statements, in my opinion, when he first got in office, and then he reneged on that.” Photograph: Dustin Chambers

Most people would run away screaming at the thought of working for a boss who humiliates subordinates in public, throttles them in private, demands co(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson (centre), advises Americans to have no concerns about this “particular rhetoric of the last few days”. Photograph: EPA/Fazry Ismail

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson sought to cool an escalating crisis with North Korea on Wednesday, claiming that the nuclear armed state posed no (...)

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