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US president Donald Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly. Mr Kelly’s son, like the retired general a US marine, died in Afghanistan in 2010. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/EPA

The mother of a US soldier killed in an ambush in Niger said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump disrespected her family during a call with the m(...)

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said nothing matching Mr Trump’s claims had taken place. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The FBI is disputing Donald Trump’s claim that Barack Obama had his telephones tapped during the election, according to reports. The head of the FBI (...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe sets off for Hawaii where he will visit Pearl Harbor with US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

With $12.50 – half a month’s salary – in his pocket, Harold Mainer was about to go ashore to celebrate his friend’s birthday. Then, just before 8am, c(...)

Barack Obama said he had spoken directly to Vladimir Putin about his feelings over the hacking. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

US president Barack Obama defended his restraint from retaliatory action against Russia over its hacking of Democrats during the presidential campaign(...)

Voters in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania on on November 8th. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has sought a recount in the state amid accusations of voting irregularities and hacks. Photograph: Mark Makela/The New York Times

Green Party candidate Jill Stein has filed for a recount of votes in the US presidential ballot in the state of Pennsylvania, extending her scrutiny o(...)

 President Barack Obama meets president-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

They were certainly bearing it but with only a little grinning. The prolonged handover of power between parties in US presidential politics is rarely (...)

FBI director James Comey testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, in July. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

The Clinton campaign blasted FBI director James Comey for “jaw-dropping” double standards on Monday after claims that he had sought to withhold eviden(...)

White House press secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press on Monday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The White House has adopted a neutral stance in the barrage of criticism from Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democrats against FBI director James Com(...)

US president Barack Obama: Members of US Congress voted 97-1 to reject his veto on a Bill that would have allowed relatives of the victims of the September 11th, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. Photograph:  Al Drago/The New York Times

The US Senate handed President Barack Obama an embarrassing rebuke by rejecting his veto on a Bill that would have allowed relatives of the victims o(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe  with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  at Government Buildings, announcing that the Cabinet had agreed to appeal the €13 billion Apple tax decision. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The drum beats from Brussels grew louder last week, as officials and ministers trailed back to the office after the holidays. A final ruling in the (...)

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