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John Walker Lindh in a photograph made available in 2002, and (right)  a photo of Lindh from the records of the Arabia Hassani Kalan Surani Bannu madrassa (religious school) in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Bannu. Photograph:  Tariq Mahmood/AFP/Getty Images

John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban and who is now an Irish citizen, was freed early from federal(...)

Tweeting from the White House on Sunday, President Donald Trump claimed Democrats were not being allowed by their leaders to make a deal. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Talks to avoid a US government shutdown later this week faltered over the weekend, amid renewed tensions over immigration policy. Senior Democrats an(...)

 The White House said US president Donald Trump did not go to Florida on Friday as planned for the Christmas holiday. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

The US government has partially shut down after Democrats refused to meet president Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting his Mexica(...)

Supporters of Doug Jones, who has become the first Democrat to win a senate seat in Alabama in more than a quarter of a century. Photograph: Bob Miller/The New York Times

The Republican blame game began in Washington on Wednesday after Democratic candidate Doug Jones won a special senate election in Alabama, in a major (...)

Democratic candidate  Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters in Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday night. Mr Jones is the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama for 25 years. Photograph:  John Bazemore/AP

Democratic candidate Doug Jones has won the special Senate election in Alabama in a major blow to US president Donald Trump, who backed Republican can(...)

Democratic senator  Kirsten Gillibrand, who described a tweet about her by US president Donald Trump as a “sexist smear”.  Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand has accused Donald Trump of a “sexist smear” after the US president attacked her personally following her call for(...)

Republican candidate for the US Senate Roy Moore has secured the backing of president Donald Trump. Photograph: Bloomberg

Voters in Alabama go to the polls on Tuesday in a closely-watched election to fill the Senate seat vacated by attorney general Jeff Sessions as former(...)

Traditional big lenders in the US say they are pulling back due to tighter regulatory regime. Photograph: Thinkstock

Non-bank lenders have overtaken US banks to grab a record slice of government-backed mortgages, after regulatory curbs on risk-taking and billions of(...)

President Barack Obama will nominate Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve later today, administration officials said last night, ending an unusually public search to fill one of the most important economic policy-making jobs in the world. Photograph: Mary F Calvert/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama will nominate Fed number two Janet Yellen today to run the world’s most influential central bank, providing some relief to m(...)

Investigators comb the site of the second of two bomb explosions on Boylston Street in Boston. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

A letter addressed to US president Barack Obama containing a substance that initially tested positive for the poison ricin was(...)