Federal Reserve vice chairman Janet Yellen is sworn in as Federal Reserve chairman by Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo at the Federal Reserve Building today. Chairman Yellen is replacing Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve Chairman. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Janet Yellen has been sworn in as chairman of the Federal Reserve, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Her term as chair of the US’ central(...)

European negotiators, hoping to cut fuel bills, are pressing their US counterparts in Washington this week on including energy exports in a transatlan(...)

By declaring last year that Dr Bashar al-Assad would cross a “red line” that could trigger a US response if he used chemical weapons, US president Barack  Obama ensured that foreign foes and allies - as well as his Republican political rivals - would view any failure to respond as a sign of presidential weakness. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Most Americans want no part of a US military intervention in Syria, but there is a growing sense in Washington that President Barack Obama would face (...)

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