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 US president Donald Trump speaks to  troops during a surprise Thanksgiving visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan November 2019. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP

The partial withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, which was completed on Friday, is a landmine the outgoing Trump administration has left for its (...)

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg: ‘We will continue to provide support to Afghan security forces.’

The Nato mission must remain in Afghanistan despite plans by the United States to pull soldiers out after 19 years of war, as withdrawal would risk th(...)

Christopher Krebs was fired as  the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. File photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

US president Donald Trump fired the top US official responsible for overseeing election security last night, claiming without evidence he made “highly(...)

 US president Donald Trump: he claimed in a late-night tweet on Sunday that he “won the election”. Photograph: EPA/Chris Kleponis

US president Donald Trump has accused Democrats and the media of trying to “steal” the presidential election as he doubled down on false claims that t(...)

President Donald Trump participates in a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a National Veterans Day Observance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump doubled down on his refusal to accept the results of the presidential election on Wednesday, claiming that he will “win” the(...)

 US President Donald Trump (right) with  US attorney general William Barr. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

US attorney general William Barr’s instruction to federal prosecutors to investigate possible instances of electoral fraud is a significant escalation(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden:  outlined his coronavirus strategy and unveiled details of a new Covid-19 advisory board. Photograph: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

US president Donald Trump fired his defence secretary Mark Esper on Monday and continued to dispute the outcome of last week’s election, as president-(...)

Mark Esper, who has been fired as US defence secretary by Donald Trump. Photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

US president Donald Trump said on Monday that he had fired defence secretary Mark Esper, appearing to use his final months in office after his electi(...)

US president Donald Trump: His refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election has sparked fears of a constitutional crisis.  Photograph: Joe Raedle

US president Donald Trump urged Latino voters in Florida on Friday to endorse him in November’s election, warning that a vote for Joe Biden could hera(...)

US soldiers in a  military training area in  southern Germany. The US is to   cut  its military presence in Germany by 11,900 troops. Photograph:  Getty Images

The Trump administration is pulling nearly 12,000 troops out of Germany in a move set to add to tensions within Nato. The decision comes after Presi(...)

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