Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 8th. Photograph: Tony Luong/New York Times

In a stunning reversal of policy, the Trump administration has abandoned a plan that would have forced out tens of thousands of foreign students follo(...)

 A counter-demonstrator steps on a pinata during a President Donald Trump rally in Los Angeles, California. Photograph:  David McNew/Getty

Here on the west coast of the United States, the daily drama of Washington politics and the presidency of Donald Trump can seem a world away.  C(...)

California attorney general Xavier Becerra:  Suing   Trump over his emergency declaration to fund wall on  US-Mexico border. Photograph: Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

California and 15 other US states have filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border. Californi(...)

An Ecocem truck leaving the South Quays dispatch facility in Ringsend, Dublin

Rising costs left cement-maker Ecocem’s profits trailing at €2.5 million last year despite a boost to sales. Accounts just filed for Ecocem Materials(...)

An Ecocem truck at the South Quays dispatch facility in Dublin. Ecocem’s reputation is built on the fact that it makes “green” cement. File photograph: David Sleator

California’s top legal official says environmental reports on Irish group Ecocem’s plans for a factory in San Francisco Bay violate state laws. Ecoce(...)

 Democratic US House of Representatives candidate Jon Ossoff  is one of 18 candidates who ran in the non-partisan special election to fill Georgia’s 6th congressional district seat. Photograph: EPA

For one brief moment this week it was as if election fever had returned to the United States. On Wednesday evening, political pundits, live bloggers (...)

Mrs Clinton told MSNBC she had been “eager” to participate and “pleased to have the opportunity” to help the justice department conclude the investigation. Photograph:  David McNew/Getty Images

Several of Hillary Clinton’s potential vice-presidents defended her yesterday morning, one day after the FBI interviewed the presumptive Democratic n(...)