Sean Spicer says the White House is confident it will  win  legal battle over Donald Trump’s travel ban. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Trump move targeting illegal immigrants could face opposition from ‘sanctuary cities’

US president Donald Trump speaks after touring the  National Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/EPA

Illegal immigrants in the US who have been charged with minor crimes face deportation

US president Donald Trump points to his wife, first lady Melania Trump, during a campaign rally on Saturday in Melbourne, Florida. Photograph: Chris O’Meara/AP

White House chief of staff says press coverage has been flawed

Donald Trump: The US president speaks during his extraordinary Thursday press conference, during which he berated the “out of control” media. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

A week is a long time in politics, but president proves some weeks are longer than others

An abandoned car manufacturing plant of in Detroit, Michigan. JD Vance’s memoir sketches the narrative of those who left the US southern states of Kentucky for a better life in the so-called rust belt states up north. Photograph: Eric Thayer

America Letter: bestselling account reveals true face of poverty-stricken rust belt voters

One-state solution?: Binyamin Netanyahu  with Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

When Binyamin Netanyahu came to the White House this week the new American president appeared to dismantle two decades of US polic(...)

US president Donald Trump at the launch of the Boeing Dreamliner 787-10, where he pledged to  bring jobs back to the United States. Photograph: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

White House denies reports National Guard to be called out to round up immigrants

US president Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president confirms new immigration measures and labour secretary nominee

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, centre: Gen Flynn was dismissed by President Donald Trump on Monday. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

President condemns reports his officials in touch with Kremlin during US election

Israel’s prime minister  Binyamin  Netanyahu and US president Donald Trump during a news conference at  the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

In press conference with Binyamin Netanyahu, president says he would consider other options

US president Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday. “This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign,” he said in an early-morning tweet. Photograph:  Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg

President says information is being illegally given to the New York Times and CNN

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and then retired US army Lieut general Mike Flynn  at an exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of RT (Russia Today)on December 10th, 2015. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/Kremlin/Reuters

From Flynn leading chants of ‘lock her up’ during the campaign to submitting his resignation

Former White House security adviser Michael Flynn. There are suggestions he could face prosecution, amid reports that the FBI interviewed him during his first few days in the role. Photograph:  Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

US president knew weeks ago about Michael Flynn’s talks with Russian ambassador

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will spend four days in Washington this week. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/EPA

Focus on settlements and location of US embassy, while Flynn crisis fallout continues

Michael Flynn and US president Donald Trump arrive at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, on February 6th. Flynn has resigned as Trump’s national security adviser. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Suzanne Lynch: Resignation of national security adviser raises awkward questions

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers detain a suspect as  part of an operation that involved hundreds of raids last week in at least six states. Photograph:  Charles Reed/US  Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Reuters

Raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in six states

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (back) celebrates with a teammate after defeating the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI in Houston on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Adrees Latif

America Letter: For big football day, Americans let down their guard – for a little while

US president Donald Trump greeting Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on Friday. Mr Trump said the United States was “a fully engaged partner” and would work to “further strengthening our very crucial alliance”. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

President says he has ‘no doubt’ administration will win controversial travel ban case

Demonstrators march against US president Donald Trump’s  travel ban in New York. Photograph: Susan Stava/The New York Times

US court upholds suspension of ban between seven Muslim-majority countries and US

 US vice-president Mike Pence swears in attorney general Jeff Sessions while Sessions’s wife, Mary and US president Donald look on in the Oval Office of the White House. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

New attorney general sworn in as scrutiny of Donald Trump’s cabinet picks continues

US president Donald Trump: “I don’t ever want to call a court biased, so I won’t call it biased. And we haven’t had a decision yet. But courts seem to be so political.”  Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

US president calls courts challenging executive order on immigration ‘so political’

A protestors holds a placard that reads “We will be Watching You, Betsy DeVos” outside US Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Analysis: recriminations over education secretary’s nomination expected to continue

Women for Election co-founder and chair Michelle O’Donnell Keating at the Washington DC event. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Huge cultural shift has occurred in Ireland despite ‘plateaued’ progress, event told

  Tom Price:  nominee  for health and human services secretary. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

US president waiting on congressional decisions on key posts in his administration

US president Donald Trump praised his education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos on Twitter: “She is going to be a great Education Sec for our kids!” Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images

Billionaire given position despite opposition from 48 Democrats and two Republicans

Nazanin Zinouri is greeted on Monday at the airport in Greenville, South Carolina. Zinouri, an Iranian who works for a technology firm in Greenville and has lived in the US for seven years, was initially removed from her flight in Dubai on the way back to the US after visiting family in Iran. Photograph: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Kerry and Albright join business leaders criticising curbs on some foreigners

Sean Spicer: “You got to remember that being in this country is a privilege, not a right, but again I think the president has got a big heart.” Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

US press secretary speaks of Irish heritage and administration’s initial steps

White House press secretary praises State’s ‘competitive’ economic policies

An Iraqi family from Woodbridge, Virginia, welcomes their grandmother at Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Virginia, against the backdrop of a simmering travel ban. Photograph: Astrid Riecken

Justice department set to issue counter-appeal in case likely to reach supreme court

Charlie Flanagan: The  Minister for Foreign Affairs  expressed concerns to Trump administration officials over the “suddenness and the arbitrary nature” of the US immigrant ban. Photograph: Eric Luke

Charlie Flanagan, citing ‘active engagement’ with US, says St Patrick’s Day visit still on

Reviewing globalisation: planet Earth  on a  screen behind participants of a panel session at the World Economic Forum,  in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Those in world’s most powerful institutions confront popular rejection of their values

UK chancellor Philip Hammond: “If we are driven out of that market, and denied access to our most important market, we will reinvent ourselves and find a new way of being competitive”

UK chancellor Philip Hammond warns EU of consequences if Britain is driven out of European market

British prime minister Theresa May in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, during the World Economic Forum. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

British prime minister calls Brexit a ‘unique opportunity’ to embrace internationalism

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness is acknowledged as he leaves Bishops Gate hotel after announcing his intention not to see re-election in Derry, Northern Ireland, January 19th, 2017. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs says SF leader ‘unstinting in efforts to secure powersharing’

  World Economic Forum  in Davos. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan attended a  dinner there with 50 current and prospective IDA clients. Photograph: EPA

Minister says more than 100 UK firms have expressed an interest in moving to Ireland

Theresa May at the World Economic Forum  in Davos: “We are by instinct a great global trading nation that seeks to trade with countries not just in Europe but beyond Europe too.” Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Prime minister in Davos talks of UK as leading advocate of free trade and globalisation

The Congress Centre during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will meet investors at the forum. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Bilateral meetings at World Economic Forum come amid challenges to Irish economy

Outgoing US vice president at the World Economic Forum: he called on Europe and the US to come together and renew the “fight for democracy wherever it is under threat”. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Middle classes in ‘crisis’, IMF’s Christine Lagarde tells World Economic Forum in Davos

A global who’s who has descended on the Swiss town of Davos for the World Economic Forum. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Famous Irish faces missing this year include Bono and Denis O’Brien, but Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave is in attendance

Attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Enda Kenny is due to hold a series of bilateral meetings with senior figures in the banking, telecommunications and pharmaceutical worlds.  Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Brexit and potential changes to US tax law present unprecedented challenges for State

Christine Lagarde, managing director, International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland

Chief executive reveals relocation plans at Davos as Taoiseach prepares to attend forum

US secretary of state John Kerry Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos where he defended Obama’s economic record. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Trump adviser tells World Economic Forum that US will want strong bilateral agreements

A study by the World Economic Forum shows that median incomes declined by 2.4% between 2008 and 2013 across 26 advanced economies. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP Photos/Getty Images

World Economic Forum starts in Davos with Xi Jinping the first Chinese leader to attend

A man cleans a carpet ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

Eight men’s wealth same as world’s poorest 50%, indicates study ahead of Davos forum

European Commission president  Jean-Claude Juncker greets Britain’s prime minister Theresa May at an EU summit in Brussels in  October. Britain’s exit from the EU will dominate theunion’s agenda in 2017. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A year for consolidation rather than innovation as EU faces threats inside and out

An  iPhone 7: Apple accused the European Commission of chasing a “predetermined outcome” in its investigation of Ireland’s tax dealings. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Ireland fails to justify ‘selective’ treatment of IT giant, European Commission finds

The commission’s  legal argument rests on the structure at the heart of two Apple Inc subsidiaries – Apple Sales International and Apple Operations International.  Both companies were divided into two parts – a “head office” and an “Irish branch”

Irish officials join Apple in arguing the EU commission’s case is flawed

Apple: According to the US treasury, the European ruling on the tech giant ‘threatens to erode America’s corporate tax base’. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Irish Apple subsidiaries used in way that ‘did not correspond to economic reality’

PVV leader Geert Wilders was found guilty of inciting discrimination at a rally in 2014 when he asked the crowd whether they wanted ‘more or less Moroccans’ in the country. Photograph: Michael Kooren/ Reuters

Analysts watch for the ‘Trump effect’ as Netherlands gears up for election in March

German chancellor Angela Merkel, European Parliament president Martin Schulz and British prime minister Theresa May   chat ahead of European Union leaders summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

EU’s relationship with Moscow in the spotlight as Syria and Ukraine on agenda

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel, French president Francois Hollande, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras ahead of a European Union leaders’ summit at the European Council in Brussels. Photographh: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders refrain from imposing further restrictions on Moscow over actions in Syria

British prime minister Theresa May arriving for the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels on Thursday. “It’s right that the other leaders prepare for those negotiations as we have been preparing,” she said of today’s Brexit talks. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Britain will not be present at evening talks, with Syria and Ukraine on main summit agenda

European Council president Donald Tusk in Brussels on Wednesday:  said Europeans “must take greater responsibility” for defence. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Sanctions on Russia set to be extended, with EU defence policy also on summit agenda

Mairead McGuinness: The Irish MEP lost her bid to become a candidate for president of the  European Parliament, with 57 votes to winner Antonio Tajani’s 94. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The MEP had hoped to follow Pat Cox as next Irish president of the European Parliament

Fine Gael MEP Mairead Mc Guinness has failed to clinch the nomination to become the European People’s Party (EPP) candidate for European Parliament president.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael MEP loses European People’s Party nomination to Italian Antonio Tajani

Colleagues say Barnier is far from the arch-federalist bureaucrat that enemies portray. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gave his first press conference this week

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: met French interior minister Bruno Le Roux at  EU justice meeting. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste says most will be unaccompanied boys from Afghanistan, Somalia and Eritrea

A man walks on the logo of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank in Rome. Photograph:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

For political reasons, the ECB and European Commission may have to undermine the very systems they introduced to prevent the poss(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi  denied the scaling-back of the asset-purchasing programme was tapering. “Tapering has not been discussed today,” he said. Photograph: Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA

Bond purchases to continue but reduced to €60bn per month from April

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: was a committed European and  powerful voice against the austerity promulgated by Berlin and Brussels.  Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi

Matteo Renzi’s resignation is latest upset to a Europe facing altered leadership landscape

British prime minister Theresa May arrives at Riffa Fort in Manama, Bahrain,  during a three-day visit to attend the Gulf Co-operation Council summit. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

British PM agrees to show plans for leaving EU before triggering formal exit negotiations

US secretary of state John Kerry   receives the Federal Cross of Merit  award from German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier  in Berlin, Germany.  Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

US secretary of state seeks to calm anxiety over direction of foreign policy under Trump

Monte Dei Paschi di Siena bank in Milan. It is reported the Italian bank could be gearing up for a state bailout.

Country’s third largest bank Monte dei Paschi di Sien may be preparing for state bailout

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator  speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016. Photograph: Thierry Monasse/AP

Michel Barnier says time for negotiations will be shorter than the two-years set out under Article 50

Investors are fretting in wake of Italian PM Matteo Renzi’s imminent exit. Photograph: Getty Images

Noonan says developments in Italy pose no contagion risks to Irish banking system

Outgoing Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: the former mayor of Florence was a pro-EU force, and a powerful centre-left voice at the EU table. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

While Italy remains essentially pro-EU, volatility lurks in its troubled banking sector

Euro group president  Jeroen Dijsselbloem and Greece’s finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos  meet ahead of a euro group finance ministers meeting  on Monday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Minister argues for more room for investment spending as finance ministers meet

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, head of the group of euro-zone finance ministers, during a news conference following the meeting in Brussels on Monday.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

No financial crisis coming after Italian referendum result, Minister says in Brussels

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi leaves a press conference after he announcing his resignation in Rome. Photograph: AFP

Main fallout will be financial as instability grips euro zone’s third-largest economy

Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan: will join other euro zone finance ministers in Brussels to discuss a range of politically sensitive issues. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Review of Greek bailout also on agenda along with EU debt and deficit rules

European Parliament president Martin Schulz, front,  with European Council president Donald Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/ Reuters

Contacts between European Commission and EU member states have also intensified

Apple chief executive Tim Cook: said the company is putting money in a holding account pending the outcome of its appeal against the European Commission ruling, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Taoiseach restates opposition to €13bn bill following meeting with CEO Tim Cook

European commissioner for economic and financial affairs Pierre Moscovici: new VAT plan   involves “less time wasted, less red tape and fewer costs”. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

Proposal for cross-border VAT returns to be eventually filed through single portal

The colonial presence of Belgium in the Congo and the brutality of the regime of King Leopold II  is the subject of an exhibition in Brussels’s Bozar museum.

Brutal acts of colonisation under King Leopold II are context and content of artworks

IItalian Socialist MEP Gianni Pittella and European Commission presidentJean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness is among the top EPP candidates for the position

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini: The  Defence Action Plan encourages member states to invest more in military security as anxiety  grows in  Baltic states about the threat of Russian aggression. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

Ireland’s neutrality ‘not affected’ by defence action plan announced in Brussels

EIB vice-president Andrew McDowell: former economic adviser to Taoiseach Enda Kenny was appointed as Ireland’s nominee to the EIB in July.

Vice-president Andrew McDowell says Ireland could benefit as new office opens

Refugees wait for the arrival of officials at Nizip refugee camp near Gaziantep, Turkey in April. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkish president makes vow in response to parliament vote to freeze accession talks

 Petro Poroshenko with European Council president Donald Tusk on Thursday: The Ukrainian president described a trade agreement with the EU as “a symbol of the fight of our country for our European future”.  Photograph: EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

Ireland and UK exempt from allowing Ukrainian nationals to visit without visa

Mairéad McGuinness: committed to an “EU27 approach” to the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Analysis: many believe Irish MEP has best chance of cross-party support for presidency

The letter to  European Commission president Jean- Claude Juncker calls for greater progress on the single market. Photograph: EPA

State joined with Netherlands in sending letter on single market to Jean-Claude Juncker

A retired lecturer at Trinity College Dublin has lost his appeal at the European Court of Justice which would have allowed his partner of 30 years to access his pension after his death.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Appeal which would have allowed same-sex partner to access pension after death is dismissed

As one of 12 vice-presidents of the 751-member parliament,Mairead McGuinness has built up a high profile and is well regarded within the EPP group. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish MEP declares candidacy after news that incumbent Martin Schulz will not run

Signs of toughening resolve from Brussels over Brexit have been reflected in a series of warnings from senior European politicians over the last week. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Industrious European Commission bureaucrats thrive on complex legislative drafting

European People’s Party head Manfred Weber: “Our message to Turkey is very clear: accession negotiations should be frozen immediately.” Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Europe Letter: Effects of ‘freezing out’ Ankara include risks to security and human rights

European Commission president Jean- Claude Juncker:   New  rules  would require the EU’s biggest banks to hold sufficient assets to  deal with  financial distress. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

European Commission may require foreign banks operating in EU to hold extra capital

David Davis (left) and Guy Verhofstadt: Their meeting was described as ‘constructive’. Photograph:   PA Wire

UK’s Brexit minister David Davis meets senior EU negotiators for talks on leaving EU

Eyre Square, Galway: the city was selected in July as Ireland’s nominee for European Capital of Culture

Mayor says cost to Galway will be offset by long-term economic dividend

President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi said European unity was more important than ever. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP via Getty

ECB president says cohesion being tested by such events as Brexit

Supporters paste a poster of Marine Le Pen, France’s National Front leader, on a wall in Frejus, France. Photograph: Eric Gaillard

Cohesion of European Union to face pressure in looming elections and referendums

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Spanish counterpart Luis de Guindos during a meeting of finance ministers in Brussels this month. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Commission bid to ease austerity likely to put more pressure on Ministers over public pay

Mairead McGuinness: she has a good relationship with other groups in the European Parliament, a vital attribute for any nominee. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael MEP may become European People’s Party nominee

The European Commission has sanctioned a 0.5 per cent “fiscal expansion” across the euro area next year, in the first signal of a shift in the EU’s policy of austerity. Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Commission sanctions 0.5% move as Ireland’s budget wins approval

European Parliament president Martin Schulz: He   has asked that  information be gathered on how Britain’s imminent departure will impact various EU legislative files passing through the parliament’s committees. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

Concern in Brussels over influence of UK on policies under discussion ahead of exit talks

Irish farmers have expressed concerns that the Irish beef sector could be adversely affected by any trade deal with South American exporters, such as Brazil and Argentina. Photograph: Frank Miller

EU study confirms concerns that Irish farmers could be disproportionately affected

Luxembourg foreign minister Jean Asselborn, German foreign minister Frank- Walter Steinmeier, and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini  at  the EU   meeting in Brussels on Monday. Photograph:  Reuters/Yves Herman

Pressure on Assad increased, as Europe braces for possible US policy shift under Trump

Donald Trump’s victory could  raise problems for Europe given his stated support for Russian president Vladimir Putin and his questioning of Washington’s commitment to Nato. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/EPA

Limp start to EU foreign policy meetings on US election fallout, Syria and Turkey

EU commissioner for trade Cecilia Malmstrom:  “TTIP will probably be in the freezer for quite some time.” Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP

Cecilia Malmstrom says resumption of TTIP talks unlikely under Trump presidency

Commuters stand in front of a poster displaying an image of Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Wall Street subway station in New York. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Donald Trump’s shock victory major boost for Moscow but puts unprepared EU on edge

The announcement of  Trump’s victory at the US embassy in Brussels early on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Laurie Dieffembacq

Implications of victory on Nato and transatlantic foreign policy could be far reaching

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