Senator Lindsey Graham  speaks to reporters after the final vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday. The process brings to completion Graham’s transformation from Trump critic to Trump lackey. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

The battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was an especially ugly episode of a reality-show presidency that degrades almost eve(...)

President Barack Obama walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base after returning from a foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, England and Germany. Photograph: AP/Susan Walsh

Barack Obama is in the final months of his presidency and keen to justify his domestic and international achievements before he leaves office. His fin(...)

Smoke pours from the  World Trade Center in New York after it was struck by two planes during  the September 11th attacks in 2001: 15 of the 19 people involved in the attacks were Saudi citizens. Photograph: David Surowiecki/Getty Images

Twenty-eight pages of the 2002 joint congressional inquiry into 9/11 lie in a guarded vault in the basement of the US Capitol building. Former presi(...)

Masked Palestinian Hamas militants watch the televised speech of US President Barack Obama in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip in 2009. AP Photo/Eyad Baba

The horrendous last five years in the Middle East started with joy at the fall of dictators in Tunis and Cairo. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s flight to (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry addresses the media after the nuclear talks session with Iran in Vienna. Photograph: AP Photo/Ronald Zak

The longer the international standoff over Iran’s suspect nuclear programme continues, the more dangerous and volatile the situation becomes. All s(...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu: accused by a US source as only interested “in protecting himself from political defeat”. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

US relations with Israel have plunged to new depths of bitterness and hostility as senior officials in the Obama administration decried Binyamin Netan(...)