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US president Donald Trump’s then adviser, Kellyanne Conway, provided a memorable example of post-truth in  2017 when she excused exaggeration of the numbers attending the president’s inauguration as “alternative facts”. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Politics and truth never sat easily together, but the innovation of our post-truth era is that people have become indifferent to truth, says the Frenc(...)

 Israel’s prime minister  Binyamin Netanyahu and US president Donald Trump: the 22-month special counsel investigation was a “terrible thing”. Photograph: Michael Reynolds

US president Donald Trump signalled that he would support the publication in full of the Mueller report, as the fallout from the conclusion of the spe(...)

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and her husband George Conway: Mr Trump called Mr Conway a “whack job”  after he questioned the US president’s mental health in a tweet.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president Donald Trump doubled down on his criticism of the late senator John McCain on Tuesday in a speech in Ohio, saying he “wasn’t a fan”. Spea(...)

How many studies do you have to throw at the vaccine hysterics before they quit? How much of a scientific consensus, how many unimpeachable experts an(...)

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(...)

Otto Warmbier on his way to North Korea’s top court in Pyongyang. Photograph: Kyodo/via Reuters

The parents of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after being detained in North Korea, have said that Kim Jong-un’s regime was responsible f(...)

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European shares bounced back on Monday as new-found optimism among investors about the new round of trade talks between Beijing and Washington lifted (...)

The Aughinish Alumina Refinery on the Shannon Estuary near Foynes, Co Limerick

There was good news for the greater Shannon area last weekend, when the US treasury announced it was officially lifting sanctions on energy giant Rusa(...)

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Former president Barack Obama congratulates Donald Trump after the latter’s inauguration speech. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

When I was in Reykjavik in August, Icelanders were bragging about putting the corrupt bankers who ravaged their economy in prison. In the US, it works(...)

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