Family members hold photos of the victims of Boeing 737 Max crashes on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/Reuters

As the impeachment probe continued to dominate attention in Washington this week, the US Capitol was home to another important congressional inquiry. (...)

US president Donald Trump: his decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal was always bound to have consequences.  Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

The shooting down of a US surveillance drone by Iran this week and America’s equivocal response opens a new front in the increasingly tense standoff b(...)

Outgoing US acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan: Mark Esper, army secretary and  former Raytheon executive, is set to take his role. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration for the post of Pentagon chief, making him the latest person to leave a (...)

US president Donald Trump: Vacillated on the issue of meeting the Iranians for talks.  Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

President Donald Trump has ordered 1,000 more US troops to the Middle East amid a dangerous escalation in tension with Iran as Tehran threatens steps (...)

Chinese leader Xi Jinping toasted the Russian leader  Vladimir Putin as his 	‘best friend’.   Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

As China pivots towards Russia amid its escalating trade war with Washington, military tensions have been ratcheted up in the region on a number of fr(...)

A file photograph released by the US Navy in November shows the missile destroyer USS John S. McCain. Photograph: Getty Images

US president Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was unaware of any effort to move the USS John S. McCain that was stationed near the site of his recent(...)

Marine recruits in training at Parris Island in South Carolina. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

The United States is to send 1,500 extra troops to the Middle East as worries about tensions between the US and Iran persist. President Donald Trump (...)

US president Donald Trump with his national security adviser, John Bolton, in the White House. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US president Donald Trump warned Tehran to stop threatening America and suggested the US would destroy the Islamic Republic if there was a military c(...)

A Japanese  coast guard’s vessel and a US military aircraft  searching  for the Japanese air force F-35 stealth fighter that  crashed into the sea off  northern Japan. Photograph: Kyodo News via AP

Japan has dispatched its most advanced ocean research vessel to join the search for its missing F-35 stealth fighter as it scrambles to recover the ul(...)

A Homeland Security border patrol officer rides an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) past prototypes of US president Donald Trump’s proposed border wall in San Diego, California, in November 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

The US Department of Defense shifted $1 billion (€880m) to plan and build a 92km section of “pedestrian fencing”, roads and lighting along the border (...)

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