President Barack Obama pardons Abe the turkey, accompanied by National Turkey Federation chairman Jihad Douglas (r) and turkey farmer Joe Hedden at the White House. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president says ‘a bunch of turkeys are trying to win their way into the White House’

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) staff walk along a corridor in the damaged  hospital in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz. Photograph:  Najim Rahim/AFP/Getty Images

Attack on Medecins San Frontieres’s clinic in Kunduz a ‘tragic mistake’

Bagpipers march during the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York on March 17 of this year.  The board of directors behind the parade has complained to the New York State Attorney General about the alleged misuse of its funds dating back to 2010. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images.

Lawyer for ex-chairman says claims an attempt to deflect from TV rights dispute

Chicago police officers line up  during a protest for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot and killed in October 2014. Photograph. Paul Beaty/AP Photo

Police officer charged with first-degree murder after black teenager shot 16 times

French president Francois Hollande talks with Barack Obama during a meeting at the Oval Office in  the White House. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US and France want greater coalition efforts but downed Russian jet complicates matters

 Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm: his bankruptcy appeal is now lost, and one argument supporting his continued detention, pending his extradition hearing, has been strengthened with a second damning rule from a US judge.

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive debt stands at $11m

President Obama last year criticised US firms for becoming “magically” Irish through takeovers

Democrats call for US tax reform after Pfizer, Allergan agree $160bn Irish-based merger

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm and his wife Lorraine Drumm. File photograph: Josh Reynolds/The Irish Times

Failure to disclose transfer of mortgage on Skerries property was ‘misdirection, dishonesty’

Donald Trump: criticised in tweets by Democratic mayor of New Jersey and Republican former governor of New York.   Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Republican presidential poll leader repeats widely debunked claims at rally in Alabama

Tangier Island, Virginia, in Chesapeake Bay; The island is just 4ft above sea level so it is vulnerable to the vast expanse of water around it. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Locals see island’s problems as a generations-old loss of land by erosion

The rules were unveiled as Pfizer looks to acquire Dublin-based Allergan in a €141 billion deal that would be the biggest corporate inversion to date and lead to the New York-based firm availing of Ireland’s lower 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate. Photograph: Tom Bergin/Reuters

Move an attempt to stop US firms switching on-paper headquarters to low-tax countries

US Republican candidate Dr Ben Carson on Syrian refugees: “If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighbourhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs, but you’re putting your intellect into motion.” Photograph: Chris Keane/Reuters

The language of Republican candidates shows how far to the right the party has swung

Hillary Clinton speaks about terrorism at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, on Thursday. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

Democratic frontrunner says ‘time for delay over’ as Republicans urge tougher response

Reem Akkad, a Syrian-American woman who was born in Michigan and who grew up in the US, Syria and other parts of the Middle East. She is a board member of Syrian American Rescue Network, a non-political and non-religious group of volunteers in southern-eastern Michigan set up to help Syrians settle in the US. Photograph: Simon Carswell

In wake of Paris attacks, Michigan’s Muslim Americans resist anti-refugee backlash

Seán Dunne and his wife Gayle Killilea: Ms Killilea’s US lawyer said granting a relief would be “completely unfair”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Attorney says granting relief would expose Killilea to ‘litigation in multiple countries’

US secretary of state John Kerry on his way out of the Elysee Palace: welcomed the agreement. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of state John Kerry urges parties to continue to ‘deal effectively with the past’

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told a campaign rally in Tennessee that he would “build a big, beautiful safe zone” inside Syria where people could find refuge.  Photograph: Wade Payne/AP

Majority of state governors join Republican candidates in proposing restrictions

Democratic presidential hopefuls Martin O’Malley  and Hillary Clinton take part in the second Democratic presidential primary debate in Des Moines. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Sanders blames ‘disastrous’ invasion of Iraq, supported by Clinton, for rise of militants

Richard Nixon: he is depicted as an isolated and lonely man, consumed with hatred. Photograph:  Ellsworth Davis/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

America Letter: Bob Woodward’s study reveals the corrupt use of war to retain power

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm: prosecutor told court Mr Drumm had “significant assets and means to flee”. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief beseeches US judge for release while he fights extradition

David Drumm’s legal team arriving at the courthouse in Boston yesterday. Photograph: Jake Belcher

Boston judge expresses concern that former banker’s extradition case could take years

A courtroom sketch of former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm and Judge Donald Cabell. Sketch: Jane Flavell Collins.

Banker tells US court he ‘did not flee’ Ireland after leaving company in December 2008

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm is a “clear flight risk”, a US government attorney has argued. Photograph: Josh Reynolds/The Irish Times

Attorney objects to bail saying ex-banker could flee country to avoid extradition

The floor section of a damaged balcony is laid on a flatbed truck in Berkeley, California June 16, 2015. Photograph: Reuters

Companies ‘cut corners to save money’, failed to heed ‘red flag’ warnings, families allege

Workers  remove part of the fourth floor balcony that fell onto the balcony below at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley, California. Photograph: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

‘The unimaginable terror that each victim experienced was eclipsed by the carnage’

The students who were killed when the balcony collapsed at the Library Gardens Apartments, in Berkeley, California, in June: (top left to right) Ashley Donohoe, Eoghan Culligan, Olivia Burke, (bottom left to right) Nick Schuster, Eimear Walsh, and Lorcán Miller.

Parents of all students killed and injured in collapse take cases against 35 defendants

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm  .

Two brothers and another sister of former banker write to US court before bail hearing

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush serving coffee to military veterans in Johnston, Iowa, to mark Veterans Day. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Former Republican frontrunner performs more confidently in party’s fourth debate

US president Barack Obama speaks at the Center for Law and Justice at Rutgers University-Newark in New Jersey, on November 2nd. Mr Obama is to ask the Supreme Court to clear the way for his long-delayed immigration overhaul. Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

US president faces prospect of block to efforts to fix country’s immigration system

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm’s lawyers set out six special circumstances outlining why he should be released from detention. Photograph: Josh Reynolds/The Irish Times

Lawyers for former banker call extradition case ‘curious’ coming in run-up to elections

Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio and Ben Carson during the Republican Presidential Debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Candidates spar over businessman’s proposal to deport millions of illegal immigrants

Maureen O’Hara’s coffin is carried at her funeral. Photograph: Marty Katz/

Hollywood actress never ‘lost her simplicity’ nor forgot Irish roots, mourners told

US Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson reacts to a question about his past at a news conference in Florida  this week. Photograph: Joe Skipper/Reuters

Front-runner flirts with controversy but primary voters warm to outspokenness

File photograph of  Mikhail Lesin. File photograph: Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

Body of former Kremlin minister Mikhail Lesin discovered in Washington premises

A Democratic Party supporter in Louisville takes down a sign supporting Jack Conway, the defeated candidate in the Kentucky governorship election. Photograph: Philip Scott Andrew/The New York Times

Local election participation far from blockbuster turnout at presidential elections

US President Barack Obama flanked by vice-president Joe Biden, delivers a statement on the Keystone XL pipeline, at the White House. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president says 1,897km line would not make meaningful contribution to economy

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams speaks at Friends of Sinn Féin fundraising dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York,  on Thursday.   Photograph: Michael Nagle

Sinn Féin leader tells US donors ‘disastrous’ policies scattered Irish around the world

Former US president George HW Bush: has given a blistering assessment of George Bush jnr’s foreign policy advisers. His son has defended their performance.  Photograph: Aida Crawley/EPA

Bush calls George W’s VP ‘iron-ass’ and says ex-defence secretary served him badly

Donald Trump: Republican presidential candidate  blamed US politicians for poor tax policy. Photograph: AP

Presidential candidate says it is ‘prohibitive’ for companies to repatriate money

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley speaks at an event in Des Moines, Iowa. Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Reuter

Former Baltimore mayor taps support of Irish-Americans in bid for the White House

New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with his predecessor John Boehner: at 45, Mr Ryan is the youngest Speaker in 140 years. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

New House of Representatives Speaker vows not to work with Obama on immigration fix

Retired California Highway Patrol sergeant Kevin Briggs at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Photograph: Simon Carswell

California Highway Patrol man learned how talking brought people back ‘over the rail’

Richland County Sheriff’s Department officer Ben Fields pictured with Karen Beaman, principal of Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School. Photograph: REUTERS/Richland County Sheriff’s Department

A US school-based police officer was fired this week for violently arresting a female student

JP McManus: interests range from bloodstock to gambling to hospitality. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Businessman claims tax wrongly withheld on $17.4m in US gambling winnings in 2012

President Michael D Higgins planting a tree in memory of those killed in the June  balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Noah Berger/Reuters

Inspections introduced after balcony collapse unearths problems in other buildings

Republican presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush (left) and Donald Trump look on during a break in the Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Florida senator delivers knockout counterpunch in bruising third debate

 Jeb Bush (left) listens as senator Marco Rubio makes a point at the 2016 US Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28th, 2015. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Party’s one-time frontrunner slips as challenge on Marco Rubio comes undone

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins pause in front of a tree planted to memorialise six students who died in Berkeley, California. Photograph:Noah Berger/Reuters

Higgins honours emergency staff and volunteers at special reception

President Michael D Higgins expressed gratitude to the mayor of San José for the care shown to the survivors of the Berkeley balcony collapse. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Michael D Higgins says generosity ‘really moved everyone in Ireland very deeply’

President Michael D Higgins addressing Google staff. He was presented with a sketch of the famous Google sign adapted with shamrocks, designed Limerick student Evan O’Sullivan Glynn for  Doodle for Google.

President Higgins paid tribute to mathematician George Boole and was presented with Irish-designed Google doodle

Disaster: the balcony that collapsed in Pacific Heights in 1996, causing the death of Mary Ellen Slane. Photograph: Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle/Polaris

Two decades ago Kathy Reidy survived an incident in California that had many similarities to the tragedy that killed one American (...)

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders: says he plans to deliver a “major speech” on his political philosophy. “We have some explaining and work to do.” Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

Vermont senator plans to sell his brand of ‘democratic socialism’ more in 2016 race

“Refraining from partaking in the petty squabbling among the committee, she appeared statesman-like, presidential even.”Photograph: Somodevilla/Getty Images

Without Biden in the race polls show Clinton’s support rising to a whopping 64 per cent

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief  David Drumm is wanted in Ireland in relation to   33 charges. Photograph: Josh Reynolds )

Former Anglo chief wants more time to prepare defence to extradition case

David Drumm  has retained high-profile attorneys Edward McNally and Daniel Fetterman, partners at the New York firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres and Friedman, according to a filing made in the US District Court for Massachusetts in Boston. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has bail hearing on Monday

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Former secretary of state testifies before Republican-led committee on 2012 attacks

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has blasted the House select committee  as a “partisan arm of the Republican national committee”  ahead of her appearance before it. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

House committee to question former secretary of state over deadly 2012 attacks in Libya

Paul Ryan said he was willing to shape the Republican Party into a “proposition party”, shifting away from the opposition and internal strife that has hurt the party in recent years. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Vice-presidential candidate says he would ‘gladly serve’ as speaker

US vice-president Joe Biden, with president Barack Obama and his wife Jill, as he announces that he will not seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Democrat says he cannot ‘mount a winning campaign’ for party’s nomination in 2016

A war of words has erupted between Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and rival Jeb Bush over who’s to blame for the 9/11 attacks

Republican candidates spar on how WTC ‘came down’ during George W’s presidency

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: the billionaire said he is self-financing his campaign but still yielded $3.8 million from 74,000 donors. Photograph:  Jay Paul/Reuters

In the US money and politics are bound in a mutually beneficial relationship

Donald W Wyatt Detention Centre in Central Falls, Rhode Island, is about 70km south-west of Boston.

Bail hearing postponed until October 26th as former Anglo chief’s lawyer needs more time

President Barack Obama decision follows  persuasion by military leaders that further support was required to resist Taliban forces seeking to fill the vacuum left by US withdrawals. Photograph: Getty Images

Decision not to end the US’s longest war marks an embarrassing volte-face

Tracy Miner, attorney of former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm,  outside the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts after David Drumm’s first court appearance for his extradition hearing on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015. Mr Drumm is currently being held in Federal custody after his arrest on Saturday. File photograph: Matthew Healey/The Irish Times

Lawyer fighting bid to extradite ex-Anglo chief says she needs time to prepare case

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton share a joke in Tuesday’s presidential debate in Las Vegas. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Second-time candidate gives polished performance, outshining Sanders in first debate

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Reuters

Former first lady stunned after Vermont senator backs her on email scandal

The John Joseph Moakley  Courthouse in Boston, where former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm faces extradition proceedings. Photograph: Matthew Healey/The Irish Times

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive faces is wanted in Ireland to face 33 charges

Lorraine Drumm arrives at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston for her husband’s extradition hearing. Photograph: Matthew Healey

US prosecutors reveal 33 offences allegedly committed by former Anglo chief executive

The Irish Government’s request to have former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm (pictured) extradited from the US may have been done “for a political purpose,” his lawyer has told a court in Boston. Photograph: Josh Reynolds.

Ex-Anglo chief executive in court for first time since arrest by US officers on Saturday

File photograph of David Drumm, former CEO of Anglo Irish Bank, who faces an extradition hearing in Boston today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Extradition case outlines Maple 10, Irish Life & Permanent transactions

David Drumm, former Anglo Irish Bank Chief Executive, is charged with offences relating to the scheme to lend money to 10 Anglo customers in 2008. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Offences include forgery, conspiracy and false accounting

Mr Drumm’s lawyers will have to prove special circumstances and that he is not a flight risk. Photograph: SImon Carswell/The Irish Times

David Drumm to appear before magistrate judge in extradition hearing on Tuesday

 David Drumm pictured in 2005 at the announcement of  Anglo’s results in 2005 . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hiring of top lawyer indicator of the bigger fight by ex-Anglo chief

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm remains in custody on Sunday after being arrested by the US authorities on Saturday ahead of an extradition hearing in a Boston court on Tuesday.

Former Anglo boss was arrested on Saturday and will appear in court on Tuesday

David Drumm (left) and Sean Fitzpatrick speaking at the Anglo Irish Bank AGM in 2006 Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Simon Carswell charts events from January 2005 to October 2015

File image from 2008 of  former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

48-year-old arrested by US Marshals in Massachusetts, authorities confirm

Senator Edward Kennedy giving a news conference about an immigration bill in Washington on May 16th, 2007. A new book about the late politician by his youngest son has provoked strife within the Kennedy family. Photograph: Jamie Rose/The New York Times

America Letter: Sons of Teddy Kennedy clash publicly after tell-all book about his drinking

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson: Rupert Murdoch tweeted: ‘What about a real black president who can properly address the racial divide?’ Photograph: Darren McCollester/Getty Images

Businessman says he didn’t mean to offend in his praise for Republican Ben Carson

House majority leader Kevin McCarthy and his wife Judy walk out of the caucus room after he announced  he will not be a candidate for Speaker of the House. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Kevin McCarthy stuns party colleagues by withdrawing from race to succeed Boehner

Workers inspect  the broken joists of the  fourth story balcony that collapsed and killed five Dublin  students at the Library Gardens Apartments in downtown Berkeley, California, in June. File photograph: Jim Wilson/New York Times

Tests conducted to discover source of water damage that led to deaths of six students

Digicel planned its stock market debut at $13 to $16 a share, giving the company with annual revenues of $2.8 billion and debt of $6.5 billion a market value of between $4 billion and $5 billion

Some believe postponement was reasonable given market volatility

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary  Clinton  appears to be behaving like she might have something to lose in her race to win the Democratic nomination. Photograph: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Against falling poll numbers, the Democratic frontrunner has come out swinging at rivals

The Statue of Liberty, New York. File photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach claims number using the US visas could fall by 80% under proposed changes

Hillary Clinton: One of the funnier emails shows her  struggling to place a call to the White House, ranting to an aide about a telephone operator. Photograph: Charlie Mahoney/New York Times.

America Letter: Latest crop of 3,800 emails released under court order

Actress Meryl Streep at the premiére of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at the Savoy cinema in Dublin in September 1998. She played Kate Murphy in the screen adaptation of Friel’s play. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Playwright ‘part of the theatrical life of every theatre house’ in Ireland, Abbey director says

Screen grab of  Chris Harper-Mercer’s MySpace page featuring pro-IRA propaganda.

Chris Harper-Mercer who killed nine believed to be from UK; Obama calls for change to gun laws

Deserted streets and damaged buildings in the central Syrian town of Talbisseh in the Homs province after Russia confirmed that it carried out its first air strike in Syria. Photograph: Mahmoud Taha/AFP/Getty Images

Talks held about ‘deconflicting’ situation following second day of Russian air strikes

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Keene, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, during which he said he would send home the US’s Syrian refugees if he became president. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

Republican presidential frontrunner changes tack, saying migrants could be extremists

A patient is wheeled into the emergency room at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon, following the deadly shooting attack at Umpqua Community College. Photograph: Aaron Yost/AP

Student says 20-year-old attacker asked people their religion before shooting

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan  has said the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals, negotiations for which were co-chaired by Ireland’s permanent representative to the UN, were a “tangible manifestation” of the UN’s capacity to deliver “positive outcomes”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Assertive leadership ‘has never been as critical’, Ministers tells UN General Assembly

US senator Edward Kennedy: He played a key role in Northern Ireland, voicing concerns about the violence from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US senator kept in close contact with Bertie Ahern in run-up to Belfast Agreement

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan (left), on a visit to Washington, has welcomed plans by Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (right) of Wisconsin to table legislation for E3 visas for “a limited period of time for Irish people”. Photograph: Marty Katz

Flanagan welcomes plans of Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner to table Bill for ‘E3’ visas

US president Barack Obama extends his hand to Cuban president Raul Castro at the start of their meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York, September 29th, 2015. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Encounter is first with a Cuban leader on US soil in more than six decades

President Michael D Higgins listens during the  United Nations Sustainable Development Summit  at the UN  headquarters in New York earlier this week. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

President uses New York speech to deliver severe critique of neoliberal capitalism

US president Barack Obama addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday. Photograph: Reuters//Carlo Allegri

Two leaders present starkly different views on the rolling crisis in beleaguered Syria

Pope Francis kisses and blesses Michael Keating (10), who has cerebral palsy, at Philadelphia airport. Photograph:Joseph Gidjunis/World Meeting of Families via AP

The pontiff’s US visit helped repair the scarred public face of the church

Pope Francis waves to the crowd during a parade in Philadelphia on Saturday night. Photograph: Matt Rourke/EPA

In speech at seminary, pontiff vows that ‘all responsible will be held accountable’

 Pope Francis speaks  in Philadelphia on the  last leg of his six-day visit to the US. Photograph: Getty

Pontiff tells crowd in Philadelphia immigrants bring many gifts to their new nation

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Mark Makela/Reuters

Pontiff encourages involvement of laity in institution during Philadelphia visit

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