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CIA director Mike Pompeo  travelled to the North Korean capital to meet Kim Jong-un in recent weeks. File photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Preparations are under way for a groundbreaking summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea as the White House confirmed CIA direc(...)

Donald Trump has made norms of unconventional modes of communication. Photograph: Getty

When news broke last weekend that ‘senior US officials’ had travelled to North Korea for discussions about a potential meeting of the two countries’ l(...)

Protesters chant with placards as US secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo  arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Thursday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state vowed to make the US a world leader in global diplomacy and help a demoralised state department find “it(...)

US president Donald Trump said ‘major decisions’ would be made on a Syria response in the next day or two. Photograph: AFP

After pictures of dead bodies and wounded children hooked up to respirators in the besieged Syrian town of Douma went viral, Russia was thrust into th(...)

New national-security adviser: John Bolton at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Shortly before 4pm on Thursday, John Bolton, the unmistakable mustachioed former US ambassador to the United Nations, was spotted entering the West Wi(...)

White House chaos: Rex Tillerson, who reportedly learned his fate from Trump’s chief of staff while on the toilet, and Jeff Sessions, who tried to save his own job by firing Andrew McCabe. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/NYT

This was the week Donald Trump became president of the United States. Or at least the week he became the president we were always expecting. He ceased(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking to the media in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald have expressed their strong support for the appointment of a US special envoy to Northern Ireland, setti(...)

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The turmoil within the Trump administration intensified on Tuesday as the US president fired his secretary of state, raising fears among allies about (...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson speaks to the media at the  state department after being fired by President Donald Trump in Washington. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Donald Trump made no attempt to disguise how far apart he and his secretary of state had fallen on Tuesday as he summarily dispatched Rex Tillerson wi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar takes questions from the floor after giving a foreign policy speech at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC on day three of his visit to the US.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to assure unionists that Ireland has “no hidden agenda” as he called on them to get behind efforts to break the poli(...)

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