President Vladimir Putin has dismissed allegations that Russia had compromising information on US president-elect Donald Trump. Photograph:  Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin condemned the political opponents of US president-elect Donald Trump as “worse than prostitutes” for leaking claims t(...)

US president Barack Obama answers questions during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. File photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s full-court press on the US media has extended from questioning their integrity (“the dishonest media”) and their credibility (Buzzfeed,(...)

A person stands behind textured glass at an address  linked by local media to former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, who is currently in hiding. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Former MI6 officer Christopher Steele was still in hiding on Friday night, as the storm over his dossier about Donald Trump’s alleged links to Russia(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry lays out his vision for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, December 28th, 2016, in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Department of State in Washington, DC. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

US secretary of state John Kerry has defended the Obama administration’s decision to allow the UN Security Council to declare Israeli settlements ille(...)

  US Federal Reserve in Washington: chairwoman Janet Yellen has stressed to Congress that she does not want to jump the gun and make premature assumptions about the post-election shape of economic policy

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday will hold its final rate-setting meeting before US presidential-elect Donald Trump takes office. A quarter-point incr(...)

US president-elect Donald Trump speaking during a “USA Thank You” tour event in Cincinatti on Thursday and  Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen. Trump spoke on Friday with Tsai, a move that will be sure to anger China. Photograph: AP

China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after US president-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with president Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan. Beijing blam(...)

Steven Mnuchin: “By cutting corporate taxes, we’re going to create huge economic growth and we’ll have huge personal income.” Photograph: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pool

A sharp cut in US corporation tax is to be a priority for the new Trump administration, underlining the huge challenges which Ireland will face in att(...)

Billboard in Havana depicting  Fidel Castro and reading ‘Fidel Among Us’,  two days after his death. Photograph: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

Republican opponents of president Barack Obama’s historic rapprochement with Cuba have urged the US administration not to send any representatives to (...)

Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and the Polish foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski at Iveagh House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Poland recognises the “unique position of Ireland” on Brexit because of the North, and expects the special position will be recognised in the negotiat(...)

A video by The Atlantic shows Richard Spencer shouting ‘Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!’ Photograph: The Atlantic/Youtube screengrab

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned an alt-right conference in Washington over the weekend where some members performed a Hitler salute (...)

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