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US president Donald Trump said of his cognitive test: ‘It’s actually not that easy, but for me, it was easy.’ Photograph:  Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

US presidents and those who would be president often boast of their qualifications – their education, their experience, their achievements. And then t(...)

Brooks Brothers was founded as a family business in 1818. Photograph: The New York TImes

Brooks Brothers, the two-centuries-old purveyor of American business wear, is to file for bankruptcy protection in the US, becoming the latest venerab(...)

Iranian pedestrians wearing protective masks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, walk along a street in the capital Tehran. We have been living through what the Bank for International Settlements in its latest annual report, calls a “global sudden stop”. Photograph: AFP

The IMF’s World Economic Outlook Update for June is not a cheerful document. Yet it does contain a cheerful point: the second quarter of 2020 should b(...)

Polish president Andrzej Duda  and US president Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House. Photograph:   Drew Angerer/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump hit out at “delinquent” Nato members as he called on all members of the transatlantic alliance  – particularly Germany (...)

US president Donald Trump speaking in Tulsa: He made no mention of the George Floyd killing protests but used the racially charged anti-China slur “Kung Flu”. Photograph: Evan Vucci

US president Donald Trump’s attempt to reinvigorate his election campaign suffered a setback on Saturday, after a smaller than expected crowd attended(...)

People hold hands during a Juneteenth celebration in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photograph: Matthew Hatcher/Bloombe

Thousands marched through US cities on Friday in Juneteenth observances marking the abolition of slavery more than a century and a half ago, an occasi(...)

Protesters plan to mark Juneteenth with demonstrations against racism and police brutality. Photograph: Jeenah Moon / Getty Images

A growing list of US companies across finance, technology, retail and other industries are giving employees Friday off to commemorate Juneteenth. Whil(...)

US president Donald Trump holds a Bible outside St John’s Church in Washington on June 1st. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

My mom always spelled out I Street as Eye Street when she addressed mail there, so it wouldn’t be confusing. On May 30th, the eyes of the world were (...)

Demonstrator kneel during a protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on Tuesday  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

All day they came, drawn to downtown Washington DC with its iconic monuments and grand symbols of American power. From the White House to the Lincoln(...)

 Demonstrators march to protest against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody, in Los Angeles on Saturday. Photograph: Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images

The novelist William Faulkner said: “The past is not dead. It is not even past.” The past 72 hours of burning US cities triggered parallels with 1968 (...)

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