United Statesi

Latest news, in-depth features and opinion on the United States, covering politics, economy, the US-China trade war, the growing US-China rivalry, military, crime, healthcare, mass shootings and gun control.


Self-governing Cook Islands and Niue have exchanged their freedom in political association with New Zealand for dominated status under the United States.

Beijing’s strategic dilemma is that to counter US containment, it needs a free hand in the South and East China seas and into the rest of the Pacific. But the more it pushes, the more it antagonises neighbouring countries.

International law of the sea is set to be subverted as America seeks to exercise extraterritorial defence claims over foreign exclusive economic zones beyond those of three Pacific island states.

  • A spokesman for Pyongyang’s nuclear industry said an IAEA resolution calling for the North to curb its nuclear programmes was a ‘conspiracy’ by the US
  • The IAEA, the UN’s atomic watchdog, has had no access to North Korea since Pyongyang expelled its inspectors in 2009 and restarted nuclear testing

The US, Australia and UK in March unveiled details of the Aukus plan to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines from the early 2030s to counter China’s ambitions in Indo-Pacific.

Just a week after Volodymyr Zelensky appealed in Washington for more funds to fight Russia, Congress dropped new funding for Ukraine amid opposition from hardline Republicans.


Hardline Republican Matt Gaetz said he would call for a vote to oust McCarthy after the top Republican backed a bill to fund the government that did not include spending cuts or changes to border security that his hardline colleagues demanded.


The US neglected to ensure the safety of the Cuban mission, an unnamed North Korean spokesman claimed, referring to Molotov cocktails thrown at the embassy on September 24, which US security adviser Jake Sullivan promised would be investigated.


Charlie Puth will perform in Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Arena on October 4 – so how much do you know about the ‘Attention’ singer ahead of his show?

An assistant manager at a Kansas location is accused of repeatedly demanding that the 19-year-old worker show him her hair, despite her refusal.


President Joe Biden signed the bill late on Saturday with the country careening to what appeared to be an inevitable and prolonged federal funding lapse.

In the United States, fireworks and hot dogs mark July 4 – and so does the launching of cars off a cliff. Which country invites its entire population to a royal garden party on its national day? Find out.

The rebuke from the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s illustrated the way the military has been dragged into the volatile political arena since the Trump era.

Vietnam wants to keep both world powers onside, but striking a balance is becoming increasingly difficult, analysts say, as Hanoi elevates its ties with Washington – and eyes US arms.


Charles Edward Littlejohn is accused of stealing the ex-US president and other wealthy Americans’ tax information and giving it to news outlets.

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman adopted 2 kids during their high-profile marriage – so where are they today and what’s their relationships like with their famous parents?

After Republican hardliners rejected a bill that would have extended funding by a month, their leader – House Speaker Kevin McCarthy – is seeking a stopgap measure, as options and time run out.

India’s Foreign Minister Jaishankar says he explained to the top US diplomat his ‘concerns’ amid allegations of New Delhi’s possible involvement in the killing.


Feinstein was a trailblazer who became the longest-serving woman senator ever, urging tougher gun laws and speaking out against the torture of terrorism suspects.


Billionaire Elon Musk visited Eagle Pass, Texas, to meet with local politicians and law enforcement and obtain what he called an ‘unfiltered’ view of the situation.

Details were given on foreign payments to members of Biden’s family, but no evidence was provided showing that the US president had personally benefited.

State Department report on alleged damage Beijing’s influence operations inflict on America’s reputation overseas is latest cause for Washington alarm.