Loretta Lynch listens to a question during her confirmation hearing before the Senate judiciary committee. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Prosecutor picked to be attorney general grilled over president’s executive actions

Judge Sarah Netburn listens to defence attorney Sabrina Shroff as Yevgeny “Zhenya” Buryakov sits in court in New York on Monday.  Photograph: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

US claims agents caught expressing frustration at failure to recruit New York women

Eamon Devoy, the general secretary  of the TEEU  who signed the agreement with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, said that it was important for workers to be retrained to meet the demands of new technologies. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Tie-up between TEEU and American group will lead to new training for Irish workers

A polar bear keeps close to her young along the Beaufort Sea coast in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. US president Barack Obama’s proposal would be the largest designation of wilderness since the Wilderness Act in the 1960. Photograph: Susanne Miller/Reuters

Republicans react angrily to proposal to keep Arctic wildlife lands off limits to exploration

 Tourists walk over the Brooklyn Bridge ahead of the storm.  Photograph: Andrew Kelly/EPA

More than 5,000 flights cancelled as meteorologists forecast over two feet of snow

Hosts Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone announce ‘American Sniper’ as one of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Clint Eastwood’s movie about deadliest US sniper in Iraq has stirred an angry debate

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan has said he did not think Republicans, who control the US Congress following their victories in November’s midterm elections, would be able to stop US president Barack  Obama’s orders shielding four million illegal immigrants from deportation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister awaits information on when emigrants can return under Obama’s orders

Emboldened: President Barack Obama after his State of the Union address. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Benjamin Netanyahu asked to address Congress after president warns on Iran sanctions

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address, in the House Chamber of the Capitol Building in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

President ignored political reality of Republican-led Congress to energise Democrats

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