President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. army soldier, who was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for leaking state secrets to the website WikiLeaks.
The strained ties between President-elect Donald Trump and American intelligence agencies hit a new low, as the Republican accused the latter of leaking unverified documents aimed at tarnishing his presidency.
In an emotional farewell speech in Chicago, outgoing President Barack Obama called on Americans to defend their democratic values and reject discrimination, as Washington gears up for a transfer of power.
Taiwanese president's stopover in Houston triggered a diplomatic clash between Washington and Beijing, with Chinese state media warning the U.S. of retaliatory measures if it reneges on the one-China policy.
Public uproar and a dress down by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump prompted the House Republicans to reverse their decision that sought to strip the Office of Congressional Ethics of its independence.