President Donald Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

America Letter: Prospect of Ireland’s tax being dragged into US debate again is big worry

Former US president Barack Obama  campaigns with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Governor Ralph Northam. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo

White House: this will ‘unleash potential of US economy through tax reform and tax cuts’

White House chief of staff John Kelly said an investigation was under way into the circumstances surrounding the ambush that killed four US troops in Niger earlier this month. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

White House chief of staff attacks media coverage of deepening scandal

Minister of State for finance Michael D’Arcy has said: ‘The 12.5% tax rate is, and will remain, a core part of our offering.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

US president had said the Republic was planning on lowering corporation rate to 8%

 Minister of State with responsibility for financial services Michael D’Arcy: he rejected suggestions that Ireland is being overly cautious in its approach to financial regulation, thereby costing Ireland post-Brexit investment.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Suggestion State is over cautious on financial regulation dismissed by Michael D’Arcy

Speaking alongside Canadian prime minister  Justin Trudeau (left) in the Oval Office  this week, US president Donald Trump suggested he was prepared to pull out of Nafta. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Bloomberg

America Letter: US, Canada and Mexico trade deal was Trump’s enemy No 1 during election

Donald Trump speaks about Iran at the White House, on Friday. His speech marks a major shift in US foreign policy towards Iran, and undermines one of the key achievements of President Barack Obama. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

US president claims ‘very real threat’ of Iranian ‘nuclear breakout’

IMF MD Christine Lagarde  at the plenary session of the  IMF/World Bank meeting October 13th. Photograph:  AFP/IMF

IMF-World Bank meeting hears recovery affects only 75 per cent of global economy

US president Donald Trump leaves after speaking about the Iran deal from the Diplomatic Reception room of the White House on Friday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Major shift in US policy on Iran alarms America’s allies – particularly in Europe

John Kelly, the White House chief-of-staff, said that US president Donald Trump  was “deep in thought, to say the least, about the way ahead in Iran”. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US News: Department of State announces US withdrawal from UN agency Unesco

AIB chairman Richard Pym:  the bank’s senior management team is in Washington, DC for the annual IMF-World Bank meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chairman says taxpayers will get back investment put in bank during financial crisis

US producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman arrive at 68th annual Cannes Film Festival in May 2015. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA/Pool

Producer was a longtime supporter of the party and a friend of Clinton and Obama

Oval Office: pressed as he met Henry Kissinger about his relationship with Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump said he had confidence in his secretary of state. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US president also escalates Twitter feud with Republican senator Bob Corker

The Guns and Guitars gun store in Mesquite, Nevada, where mass murderer Stephen Paddock allegedly purchased some of the weapons used to kill 59 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas on October 1st. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

There are mutterings that ‘something needs to be done’ about US gun laws, but at ‘Nevada’s premier gun store’, business remains br(...)

As early as next week, Donald Trump will make a decision on the US’s commitment to the deal. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

For US allies the very real possibility of the deal being reopened is a nightmare scenario

People attend a candlelight memorial for Mandalay Bay massacre victim, Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield,   in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Stephen Paddock would wake up screaming during the night, girlfriend tells FBI

 Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo: ‘You’ve got to make the assumption he [Paddock] had to have some help at some point.’ Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Shooter’s girlfriend says he gave no warning of massacre that left 58 concert-goers dead

People at a memorial for victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Photograph: AP Photo/John Locher

FBI focus turns to gunman Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend who recently returned to US

US president Donald Trump’s speech at the Metropolitan Police Department in Las Vegas on Wednesday had all the hallmarks of a well-prepared White House media event. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

After PR disaster in Puerto Rico, White House taking no chances at scene of gun attack

 Marilou Danle is an Australian citizen but was born in the Philippines. Photograph: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police/Reuters

Donald Trump arrives in Nevada city following mass shooting that killed 58 people

Mourners pay tribute at a makeshift memorial on the Las Vegas Strip for the victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: EPA/EUGENE GARCIA

Suspected gunman had set up cameras inside and outside his hotel suite

Mourners at a candlelight vigil at the University of Nevada Las Vegas  for the victims of Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas, in which 59 people were killed and more than 500 injured.  Photograph: Eugene Garcia/EPA

Crisis centres set up by Mandalay Bay Hotel owners MGM as 12 remain critical in hospital

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night’s mass shooting. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Focus of investigation turns to background of Mandalay Bay gunman Stephen Paddock

Concert-goers scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas after    gunman Stephen Paddock  opened fire leaving at least 59 people dead and more than 527 injured before taking his own life.  Photograph:  David Becker/Getty

White House says now is not time for political debate on contentious gun control issue

House speaker Paul Ryan is expected to meet Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and US special envoy John Deasy this week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Irish officials are pushing for the inclusion of immigration reform in new legislation

Political couple: Jane and Bernie Sanders in Los Angeles in 2015. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

‘We didn’t win the election, but we won the hearts of young people,’ says the Vermont senator’s wife, who visits Ireland next week

The Dallas Cowboys take a knee prior to the US national anthem, ahead of their NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale. Photograph: Matt York/AP Photo

US president’s incendiary remarks on football protests have highlighted racial tensions

Tom Price: his resignation is the latest high-level departure from the Trump administration. Photograph: Getty

Tom Price took $25,000 flight for east-coast trip that costs $100 by train

A classic car passes in front of the American embassy in Havana, Cuba. Photograph: Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Ailments from hearing loss to nausea affecting diplomats and family members

Irma Maldanado stands with her pets in what is left of her home after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

US president belatedly lifts restrictions on transport of goods to Caribbean island

A US Coast Guard vessel moves past a cargo ship near the Isla Grande Port in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday as Trump ordered the Jones Act to be waived. Photograph: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg

Jones Act prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between US ports

Donald speaking about tax reform at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Wednesday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

US president plans sweeping overhaul of tax code in bid to attract American companies

Corporation tax: President Trump has discussed his plans with members of Congress. Photograph: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

Reduction in corporate tax rates to 20 per cent envisaged by US president

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: ‘We’ve not declared war on North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd.’ Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Pyongyang says it has a right to shoot down US jets amid war of words with Trump

US president Donald Trump: his war with the sporting world has  extended to basketball, after he withdrew a White House invitation to basketball team the Golden State Warriors. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

US Wrap: Kushner in row over private email server; Trump backs Strange for Senate seat

Chelsea Manning is assisted with a microphone before an appearance in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the US. Photograph: Steven Senne/AP Photo

Whistleblower’s disinvitation from Harvard raises questions on power, security and free speech

US Republican senator from Arizona John McCain speaks to reporters. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Bill to replace Obamacare had been building head of steam until senator’s intervention

US president Donald Trump meets with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during the UN General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Also praises Chinese move to order banks to stop doing trade with country as ‘very bold’

 President Mahmoud Abbas: “The United Nations bears a legal, political, moral and humanitarian obligation to end this occupation and enable the Palestinian people to live in freedom and prosperity in their independent state of Palestine.” Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty

Palestinian Authority president says he feels confident ‘real peace’ can be achieved

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani: said it would be a pity if “rogue newcomers” jeopardised the nuclear deal. Photograph: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

Iranian president says country will respond ‘resolutely’ if nuclear deal scrapped

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York this week. Photograph: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Resolution co-sponsored by Ireland but did not gain support from US, Britain and France

US president Donald Trump addresses the 72nd  UN General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

US president says ‘Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime’

US president Donald  Trump addressing the UN  General Assembly,  September 19th. Photograph: EPA/JUSTIN LANE

What Trump’s first speech to UN means for US foreign policy and Iran nuclear deal

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson: More than two dozen members of the US Congress have written to him, urging him to reverse the decision to abolish the post of special envoy to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Letter with 25 signatures calls on Trump administration to reconsider its position

US president Donald Trump: said ‘the UN has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement’ but has ‘tremendous potential’. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque

US president expected to speak about North Korea and Iran at week-long meeting

US President Donald Trump and US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

All eyes will be on Trump as North Korea, climate change and Myanmar top the agenda

US president Donald Trump is due to make his first address to the UN on Tuesday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Rex Tillerson says US will use military force against rogue state if diplomatic efforts fail

Ethnic cleansing: the UN has condemned Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority; these Rohingya children are begging for food after fleeing to Bangladesh. Photograph: Allison Joyce/Getty

America Letter: Irish nuclear-ban treaty a key focus at UN General Assembly

A   screen in Tokyo broadcasting a news report showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un after  a North Korean missile  passed over Japan on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

Range of 3,700km is proof that Kim Jong-un regime could target Guam if it chooses

US president Donald Trump speaks to members of the military at Joint Base Andrews, in Maryland. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president says his nation ‘will never be intimidated’ after Pyongyang missile launch

A woman watches a TV screen showing a file footage of North Korea’s missile launch, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, September 15, 2017. Photograph: AP/Ahn Young-joon

US secretary of state condemns missile tests following Pyongyang’s latest launch

Shifting stance: President Trump talks to journalists on Air Force One as Fox News reports on his talks with Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President ‘agrees’ to Daca protection in return for stronger border – but no wall

US president Donald Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell at a meeting about tax reform. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

‘We’re going to get corporate tax down to a very competitive level,’ says treasury secretary

US president Donald Trump and secretary of state Rex Tillerson at a meeting with Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, in the White House. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Pool via Bloomberg

Trump says UN sanctions against nuclear state have ‘nothing’ on what may follow

A girl dances beside high water levels after Hurricane Irma in Jacksonville, Florida U.S. September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela

Thousands are still displaced after the storm as the full extent of damage becomes clear

Stephen Bannon on Friday, at the Capitol Hill townhouse where he lives part-time and runs Breitbart News. Photograph: Lexey Swall/The New York Times

In new interview, Trump’s former chief strategist sheds light on life in White House

A couple leave their flooded home in Fort Myers, Florida on Monday  after Hurricane Irma swept through the area. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Hurricane downgraded to tropical storm but millions of people remain without power

Trees bend in the tropical storm wind along in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Hurricane could be downgraded to tropical storm as it continues batter US coast

A local resident walks across a flooded street in downtown Miami as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida. Photograph:  Reuters/Carlos Barria

Three reportedly killed as 480km-wide storm makes landfall in United States

A flooded street in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday, after the aftermath of  Hurricane Irma  forced the evacuation of thousands of people. Photograph: Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA

Miami deluged as southern United States hit by second major storm in two weeks

Trees and branches are seen after being knocked down by the high winds as hurricane Irma arrives on September 10th, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

More than one million homes and businesses without power as storm heads for Gulf Coast

US Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer  makes a point to president Donald Trump in the Oval Office prior to Trump’s departure for North Dakota to deliver a speech on tax reform. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma took attention from a stormy week in the White House

Then Democratic presidential candidates  Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton take part in a debate  at Wynn Las Vegas hotel in October 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

America Letter: With new book, ex-secretary of state to give her take on US presidential campaign

US president Donald Trump with the new Irish ambassador to the US, Dan Mulhall.

Mulhall and Trump discuss immigration during White House meeting in Oval Office

Hundreds of people gather in an emergency shelter at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in Miami, Florida, September 8th, 2017, ahead of Hurricane Irma. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of residents, including many elderly people, leave US state

Workers board up Mango’s Restaurant and Night Club in Miami Beach, Florida, as the city prepares for  approaching Hurricane Irma, on September 7th, 2017. Forecasts  show the storm could hit south Florida this weekend. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Concerns grow that category-five hurricane approaching US could veer north of Florida

Sea water rises to a water deck as hurricane Irma approaches Puerto Rico in Fajardo on September 5th. Photograph:  Ricardo Ardunego/AFP/Getty Images

Trump declares state of emergency for Florida, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

Gaston Kirby walks through floodwater inside his home near the Addicks and Barker reservoirs in Houston, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Photograph: David J Phillip/AP Photo

Texas and Louisiana begin recovery from devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey

A handout photo made available by South Korea defence ministry shows a Hyunmoo-2 missile being launched at an undisclosed location on the east coast of South Korea. Photograph: EPA

Further sanctions urged after regime claims to have tested hydrogen bomb

Volunteers unload a truck full of relief supplies after Hurricane Harvey. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

‘Those guys who brought us across water to our homes are the real heroes of this story’

Volunteers set up beds for Hurricane Harvey evacuees at the NRG centre in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Authorities and volunteers assist estimated 30,000 displaced by flooding

In a series of tweets on Sunday, US president Donald Trump appeared to criticise China and South Korea for their approach to the North Korean nuclear threat. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Military response would be ‘effective and overwhelming’, defence secretary says

Marine One: A Secret Service agent stands guard as President Trump leaves the White House. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

US Letter: President’s summer has left Republicans wondering what’s next

Dreamer protest: at least 800,000 immigrants to the United States are believed to have benefited from Daca. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Republican outcry could persuade Trump to allow child immigrants to remain

Rescue mission: US airmen search for trapped residents of the Texas city of Beaumont. Photograph: Christopher Lee/New York Times

At least 44 feared dead in worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina

Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert said the administration was preparing a supplemental disaster relief fund to be voted on by Congress. He said about 10,000 homes had been damaged by Storm Harvey. Photograph:  Jim  Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Washington tells Russia to shut Washington, New York and San Francisco operations

US president Donald Trump speaks about tax reform during a visit to Loren Cook Company in Springfield, Missouri, on Wednesday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Many in Washington predict negotiation process could continue until end of the year

US president Donald Trump speaks about tax reform during a visit to the  Loren Cook Company in Springfield, Missouri. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president vows to address gaping trade surplus with Ireland and other countries

A man wades through water carrying  a pitbull  in Houston, Texas after Tropical Storm Harvey swept through the area. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg.

Southern US states brace themselves for further rainfall as death toll rises to 22

US president Donald Trump holds the state flag of Texas outside of the Annaville Fire House after attending a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Two dams overflowing as Texan authorities rescue more than 3,500 with 15 believed dead

Women walk past a large TV screen showing news about North Korea’s missile launch in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Reuters

UN condemns Pyongyang’s ‘reckless’ missile launch as Trump says ‘all options’ on table

People evacuate a neighbourhood inundated by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Monday, in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP

President pledges ‘rapid action’ from Congress over ‘catastrophic’ damage in Houston

San Francisco residents Jam, Lillian and Danny. Jam says: ‘Mexican people were in California before most white Europeans. You don’t hear Trump saying he will build a wall with Canada, just with Mexico. It’s purely a racial issue.’

There is no homogenous Trump voter, despite caricature of supporters as disenfranchised

Provo residents David and Jerianne (with baby Benjamin) are both students at Brigham Young University. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

In the mainly Republican state, some believe liberalism may finally be gaining a foothold

A view of the Utah desert from the Amtrak train that crosses the Rocky Mountains on its way from Denver to Salt Lake City. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

US president dominates conversation on the Amtrak journey despite the dramatic scenery

Members of the Ponca tribe outside the hearing in Lincoln into the construction of the Keystone oil pipeline through Nebraska. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Farming and trade major concern in state where one in four is employed in agriculture

Two Mexican men at the Plano Day Labour Centre in Dallas, where workers seek employment. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

‘Immigrants make a huge contribution. The economy would collapse without them’

The enormous First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Little Rock, Arkansas, is one of the biggest evangelical churches in the US

Former governor Bill Clinton is still popular in Arkansas but Hillary never gets a mention

Heather Heyer (32) regularly drew attention to cases of police malpractice and racism, as well as posting her support for Bernie Sanders in his presidential campaign

Images emerge of man suspected of driving vehicle into protesters in far-right uniform

The controversial statue in Memphis, Tennessee, of Nathan Bedford Forrest,  a civil war general who was also an early member of the Ku Klux Klan. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

The city faces continued conflict over a statue of a civil war general and Ku Klux Klan member

US president Donald Trump with  vice-president Mike Pence  after a briefing with his national security team at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

US president warns country it should be ‘very, very nervous’ if it harms the US

African American student James Meredith walks across the University of Mississippi campus after class amid the stares and jeers of fellow students back in 1962. Photograph: Getty Images

Merger of two schools to promote greater racial mix marks progress from divided past

President Donald Trump inherited an economy that was already performing well during the final years of the Obama administration. As a recent Washington Post article put it: “So far, Trump’s economy looks an awful lot like that of his predecessor, Barack Obama.” File photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

With Trump-Russia inquiry continuing, US economy could be thrown by any constitutional crisis

Trump supporters and Birmingham residents Kathy Courtland and Susan Stofel are united in their dislike of Hillary Clinton.

Republican Party supporters in Alabama pleased with job US president is doing

Members of a lobby group for undocumented Irish. Photograph: Douglas Graham/Roll Call/Getty Images

John Deasy says the figure for the undocumented is likely to be closer to 10,000

Cody the waiter in Mean Mug cafe,  Chattanooga: his customers are  mostly young millennials working on their laptops.

Made famous in a song, Chattanooga is described by locals as 'not typical Tennessee'

Kim, originally from Kentucky: “For me and my family, the main election issue was coalmining.”

Addiction to legally prescribed pain-relief medication is rife in eastern Tennessee

The tower of the former Lucky Strike tobacco factory looms over Durham,  North Carolina, a reminder of the industry that thrived there for almost 200 years. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

Suzanne Lynch takes the heartbeat of Trump’s US. Part one: North Carolina

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci  in Washington DC last week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Former communications director’s arrival led to departures of Spicer and Priebus

US president Donald Trump waves after speaking to boy scouts during the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, West Virginia. Photograph: Saul Loeb

Donald Trump was busy with self-pardoning, health and army ban on transgender people

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