Former US president Barack Obama and Thailand’s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in 2012. Photograph: Jason Reed

Looking back, “pivot” was always a silly word for the transfer of American attention to Asia. Minted by Barack Obama’s administration almost a decade (...)

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(...)

White House press secretary Sean Spicer holds a cheque of funds being donated by US president Donald Trump to the National Park Service. Photograph:  Michael Reynolds/EPA

President Donald Trump, who promised to work for free, donated his salary for the first quarter of the year on Monday to the National Park Service, wh(...)

US president Donald Trump: tech giants Apple, Google and Microsoft  all voiced  concerns about travel ban. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

US stocks have rallied hard since Donald Trump’s presidential election victory. They have hit multiple all-time highs and outperformed global markets (...)

Barack Obama as he is sworn in on January 20th, 2009, as US president, on the same Bible used to swear in Abraham Lincoln. Photograph: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Abraham Lincoln: the 16th president of the United States

Donald J Trump will on Friday ascend the steps of Capitol Hill and utter an oath first sworn by George Washington in 1789. “I do solemnly swear that (...)

Donald Trump’s touting of protectionism struck a chord with those  desperate for some solution to their declining incomes.  Photograph: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

The denigration of mainstream parties and politicians, which has become such a feature of western democracy over the past decade and more, came to its(...)

The hous that US president Barack Obama intends to rent after leaving office, in the upmarket Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/New York Times

US president Barack Obama and his family plan to move to a mansion in the upscale Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington, a mere two miles from the Whit(...)

Neither a borrower nor a lender be;/ For loan oft loses both itself and friend,/ And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. – William Shakespeare You’(...)

Hank Paulson: the former US treasury secretary is the subject of “Hank: Five Years from the Brink”, a film by Oscar-nominated documentary maker Joe Berlinger.

It is just over a half-decade since the US financial earthquake shook, taking down one of Wall Street’s biggest banks and crumbling the foundations of(...)