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Former US vice-president Joe Biden in stills from a video in which he pledges to be “more mindful about respecting personal space in the future”. Photograph:  Joe Biden/Handout via Reuters.

This week the Democratic race to become the party’s nominee in next year’s presidential election took an uncomfortable turn as Joe Biden came face to (...)

James Joyce fan: Pete Buttigieg campaigning in South Carolina. Photograph: Swikar Patel/New York Times

Almost a century after it was first published, James Joyce’s Ulysses has become a talking point in the race to become the Democratic Party’s nominee i(...)

Four women have said Joe  Biden made them feel uncomfortable when he touched them at political events in past years. File photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Former US vice-president Joe Biden has attempted to tamp down a controversy over allegations of unwanted physical contact with women, releasing a vide(...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention in Pennsylvania in 2016. His aides he will not be dissuaded by the allegations from entering the presidential race. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the US House of Representatives, offered a measured defence of Joe Biden on Tuesday, arguing that the allegati(...)

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Brunei, a Muslim-majority former British protectorate, plans to implement Islamic Sharia laws from April 3rd. Photograph: EPA

Brunei will deal a serious setback to human rights if it applies laws allowing death by stoning for adultery and gay sex, marking an end to a de facto(...)

Centrist Democrat Beto O’Rourke, adherent of the “Oprah Winfrey school of positive thinking”. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

When Barack Obama launched his White House bid 12 years ago, he already had a library of well-crafted policies. Some were bold. Others were small-bore(...)

Former Texas Congressman and Democratic party presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke: The 46 year old offers the politics of feelings. Photograph: Stephen Maturen/AFP

The heavens part. The light shines down. The rise in the oceans begins to slow. The world is once more bathed in the mystical glow of a messiah. Our r(...)

Hillary Clinton  has for the first time ruled out running for president in 2020. Photograph:  Angela Weiss/AFP

Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and first lady who lost the White House to Donald Trump in 2016, said officially Monday what has been u(...)

Former chairman and CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz has said he is considering a run for president of the US, as an independent. Photograph: Johannes Elsele/AFP/Getty Images

This week the bid to take on Donald Trump, the presumed Republican nominee in the 2020 presidential election, stepped up a gear. Senator Kamala Harri(...)

Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee: “The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values.” Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

California senator Kamala Harris has become the latest Democrat to announce a run for the US presidency, joining an already crowded field ahead of nex(...)

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