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US president Donald Trump has defended his decision to strip the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan. Photograph: Reuters

US president Donald Trump faced an unprecedented outcry from former intelligence officials on Friday after stripping the security clearance of former (...)

Gina Haspel: will attend her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Gina Haspel, US president Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, faces a key Senate hearing on Wednesday as she continues to battle questions about (...)

Watching Trump  and Kim  trade taunts is particularly disturbing because they mirror each other in so many unhinged ways.  Photographs: Getty Images

A couple of chubby brats with big missiles and short fuses. Is nuclear winter coming? Fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen, are (...)

Steve Bannon (centre), US president Donald Trump’s chief strategist, with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on the morning of Trump’s inauguration on January 20th. Photograph: Hilary Swift/New York Times

The whirlwind first week of Donald Trump’s presidency had all the bravura hallmarks of a Stephen Bannon production. It started with the doom-hued inau(...)

Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, speaks during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

The first battle that Mike Pompeo prepared to fight was against the Russians, when he commanded a US tank platoon in Germany in the twilight of the co(...)

US president-elect Donald Trump waves as Mitt Romney leaves after a meeting at Trump National Golf Club in  New Jersey on November 19th. Trump’s advisers are divided over whether he should make Romney his secretary of state.  Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/Bloomberg

Rival factions of Republicans are locked in an increasingly caustic and public battle to influence US president-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secret(...)

Undated handout images, two of the 198 decade-old photos released by the Pentagon from investigations into the abuse of detainees during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The photographs were a focus of a lawsuit filed in 2004 by the American Civil Liberties Union in the wake of the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal, and some 1,800 others are still being withheld by the Pentagon. Photograph: The New York Times

Bruises, reddened marks and bandaged body parts featured in nearly 200 images of US detainee abuse that the Pentagon was forced to release on Friday, (...)

Outgoing US defence secretary Chuck Hagel: reported to have resigned under pressure from a White House eager to project more assertive responses.  Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Chuck Hagel, president Barack Obama’s defence secretary, has stood down after less than two years in the job in a sign of increased unease at the W(...)

Former defence secretary and CIA chief  Leon Panetta: said that, on occasion, Obama “avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities”. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/Reuters

Leon Panetta, Barack Obama’s former secretary of defence and CIA chief, has criticised the president in a new memoir, saying that he too often “rel(...)

Everywhere you look, the Clintons rule: Chelsea Clinton and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton take part in a No Ceilings Conversation at Lower Eastside Girls’ Club in New York. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

The First Family is all over the news, discussing the management of the economy, income inequality, raising the minimum wage, the vicissitudes of pres(...)

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