Pence breaks tie on US education pick; fends off Democratic challenge

The US Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Donald Trump's choice for education secretary Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an historic tie-breaking vote amid vocal Democratic opposition.

Former ExxonMobile chief Tillerson confirmed as US secretary of state

The US Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson Wednesday as President Donald Trump's secretary of state.

Trump's UN ambassador pick expresses concern about Israel's treatment

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Donald Trump's pick to serve as US ambassador to the UN, expressed concern Wednesday about the international body's treatment of Israel.

Congress approves waiver letting Mattis serve as defence secretary

The US House of Representatives approved Friday a measure that will allow retired Marine general James Mattis to serve as Donald Trump's defence secretary.

Would-be defence, CIA chiefs break with Trump on Russia

Two of the top national security figures in US president-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration broke with their soon-to-be boss on Thursday, taking a hard line against Russia even as the incoming president indicates a willingness to work with Moscow.

Putin trying to "break" NATO, US defence pick Mattis warns

Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to damage the NATO alliance, US defence secretary nominee James Mattis said at a confirmation hearing Thursday.

Tillerson calls Russia 'adversary,' wants to redefine relations

The former oil executive set to be the United States' top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, said Wednesday the world faces "considerable threats" from a number of adversaries, including Russia.

Trump names wealthy former investment bankers to key positions

US president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday named two former investment bankers to key administration positions dealing with economic policy.

Boris Johnson named British foreign secretary; Brexit minister added

British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Vote Leave co-leader and former London mayor Boris Johnson as foreign secretary late Wednesday as she announced key cabinet posts after succeeding David Cameron.