Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of the Union address, or deliver it in writing

House speaker says event would place an undue burden on the departments responsible for security, as a result of the shutdown Follow the latest US politics news – live The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has asked Donald Trump to delay, or deliver in writing, his State of the Union address scheduled for 29 January as…

Greek PM wins confidence vote after Macedonia name crisis

Alexis Tsipras secures majority as opposition claims deal with Skopje is ‘nationally damaging’ The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has won a confidence vote in parliament, clearing a major hurdle for Greece’s approval of an accord to end a dispute over Macedonia’s name and averting the prospect of a snap election. Tsipras called the confidence…

Four Americans killed in Syria blast claimed by Isis

Two US soldiers, a defence department civilian official and contractor were killed, US Central Command confirms A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State has killed four Americans in north-eastern Syria, just weeks after Donald Trump said the terrorist group had been defeated and announced he was withdrawing American forces. The bomber struck on Wednesday…

Extreme heatwave: all-time temperature records fall across parts of Australia

After Tarcoola nears 50C, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide forecast to swelter as ‘high intensity’ hot weather enters fourth day Temperature records have been broken in towns across parts of Australia sweltering through a heatwave, which is currently in its fourth day. Nine places in New South Wales broke temperature records on Wednesday – including six…

First green leaf on moon dies as temperatures plummet

Cotton plant perishes on lunar far side after sprouting on board China’s Chang’e 4 lander The appearance of a single green leaf hinted at a future in which astronauts would grow their own food in space, potentially setting up residence at outposts on the moon or other planets. Now, barely after it had sprouted, the…

US to begin INF treaty pullout next month after Russia missile talks fail

Officials reject Russian offer to inspect new missile US says it will suspend observance of treaty on 2 February The US has rejected Moscow’s offer to inspect a new Russian missile suspected of violating a key cold-war era treaty, and warned that it would suspend observance of the treaty on 2 February, giving six-month notice…

US plans new space sensors for missile defence against ‘rogue states’

Trump likely to present Pentagon findings about changing threat as justification for his planned ‘space force’ Donald Trump will unveil a plan on Thursday for a major expansion in US missile defence that will rely on a new generation of space-based sensors. The administration’s long-delayed missile defence review, which the president will present at the…

‘I was prepared to die’: survivors recount chaos of Nairobi attack

President says planners of assault claimed by al-Shabaab will be relentlessly pursued Briton and American among those killed in attack Kenya’s president has vowed to relentlessly pursue anyone involved in the Nairobi hotel complex attack, as new details of the 16-hour siege emerged and investigators tried to trace 50 people who are still missing. Twenty-one…

‘A three-generation project’: riverside development divides Indian city

The next 15 megacities #6: New facilities by the Sabarmati will provide Ahmedabad with much-needed public space, but at what cost? As the sun dips below the horizon, young lovers make themselves more comfortable on benches overlooking the Sabarmati river. Walkers stroll along the concrete promenades, and mothers enjoy a moment of respite under newly…