Niall O’Dowd: “I am 63-years-old and I very much want to see this site grow and expand after I’m gone. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘Irish Voice’ newspaper and ‘Irish America’ magazine not part of transaction

From left to right: Congressman Brendan Boyle; chief operating officer for the Architect of the Capitol Christine Merdon;  Congressman Mick Mulvaney; House of Representatives chaplain Fr Patrick Conroy and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach at rare tree-planting in Washington as symbol of Ireland’s strong roots in US

Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice: could lend  strong national security bona fides to Donald Trump. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Republicans need measured insider, while Democrats must win back young, white voters

US vice president Joe Biden is set to include a visit to  Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth as part of his trip to Ireland. Photograph:  Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Cycling event planned for Phoenix Park called off as part of security lock-down

US vice-president Joe Biden and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Kennedy centre in Washington, the US. Photograph: Marty Katz

Fine Gael leader claims he enjoys ‘very strong support’ during visit to Washington

Speaking on a visit to Washington, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he believed if the opportunity presented itself, Garda chief Nóirín O’Sullivan would “put into the public domain what she is legally entitled to put into the public domain” concerning her evidence to the O’Higgins commission.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Taoiseach believes Garda chief to reveal ‘what she is legally entitled to’ if opportunity arises

Enda Kenny, on his first overseas trip since being re-elected Taoiseach, said that he was anxious to establish Irish arts and culture “not as an elegant add-on” but to have them represent Ireland as a “still-young Republic”. Photograph: Bloomberg

Kenny confirms Biden’s Irish visit at opening of three-week arts festival in Washington

Republican senator John Cornyn of Texas and Democrat senator Chuck Schumer of New York, who sponsored the legislation. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

White House threatens to veto Bill that would expose Riyadh to lawsuits

Senator Kennedy (pictured) encouraged George Mitchell, then Democratic majority leader in the Senate, to support president Bill Clinton’s granting of a US visa for Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams in 1994, an important catalyst in building support for peace. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former US senator remembered for crucial role in peace process at Washington event

The Abbey’s production of The Plough and the Stars

Ireland 100, a three-week festival in Washington, DC, is all about Irish arts ‘flexing our muscles’, says actor Fiona Shaw

Barack Obama: ‘Climate change is not something subject to political spin.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Climate change experts meet in Germany to work on implementing Paris accord

Republican US presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump, when asked by  Piers Morgan about British prime minister David Cameron’s view of his proposal to bar Muslims from the US as “divisive, stupid and wrong”,  said “it looks like we’re not going to have a very good relationship”. File photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Billionaire dismisses ‘fraud’ article claiming he objectified women over four decades

The failure of the media to see the Trump phenomenon coming has exposed a fish-bowl culture created by the financial decline of the industry. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Billionaire Republican and Democratic president score gains from decline of media

Captain Halli Mulei, a spokeswoman for the Air Line Pilots Association branch at United Airlines, at the protest outside the White House against Norwegian Air International’s plan for a low-cost service between Cork and Boston. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Company plans to use lower-paid pilots to fly from Ireland to the US, say unions

Demonstrators hold signs protesting against Donald Trump, presumptive Republican US presidential nominee, during a meeting he was having with US House Speaker Paul Ryan  at the Republican National Committee  headquarters in Washington DC, on Thursday, May 12th, 2016. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Highest elected Republican fails to endorse Trump as presidential nominee after meeting

Supporters hold signs, hours before Donald Trump’s campaign rally at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, Washington, last weekend: the businessman has a massive negative rating among women. Photograph: David Ryder/The New York Times

It is a risky strategy for the New York billionaire, given his low standing among women

“It is likely in the long run to be beneficial to Ireland because Ireland would offer the benefits of an English-speaking economy based in Europe,” says former director of global engagement on the White House’s National Security Council Brett Bruen. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Dublin could be an obvious choice if UK-based banks are looking to move

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders greets supporters after a campaign rally in Salem, Oregon. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Urquhart

Senator says he has ‘outside shot’ of beating Democratic favourite with pledged delegates

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Oregon after beating Hillary Clinton in the West Virginia primary. Photograph: Rob Kerr/AFP/Getty Images

Second straight victory keeps US senator’s hopes alive as Trump wins two more states

Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima on his trip to Japan later this month, making him the first sitting US president to visit the site of the world’s first atomic bombing in 1945 during the second World War. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images.

President will be first sitting US leader to visit the site of 1945 nuclear attack on Japan

A sign in protest at a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access adorns the bathroom stalls at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina. Photograph: Jonathan Drake/Reuters

US justice department and state file legal actions in civil rights standoff

 Donald Trump:  tensions between him and Paul Ryan continue to fester  over the pivotal role at the   Cleveland convention, where Mr Trump will presumably be named as presidential nominee. Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP Photo

House speaker Ryan offers to step aside as chairman in nominee-picking convention

Alejandro Garcia Padilla, governor of Puerto Rico, is seen giving a speech on  television in a bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photograph: Bloomberg

US territory in the Caribbean shares fiscal pain suffered by another island: Ireland

Hillary Clinton: her lead is so comfortable that she can lose the remaining primaries and still clinch the nomination. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

The billionaire businessman is the last man standing in the Republican camp. But polls suggest the Democrat will take the White Ho(...)

Donald Trump at a rally  in Charleston, West Virginia, on Thursday. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

Presumptive Republican nominee weighs in on Brexit, blaming EU for migration crisis

Young musicians from Music Generation, Ireland’s national music program, speak with Adam Clayton, of U2, during The American Ireland Fund New York Dinner Gala in New York City. Photograph: Michael Nagle

U2 bassist hails superstar at NY gala to promote Irish Music Generation programme

House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan said of Donald Trump: “I think conservatives want to know: does he share our values and our principles.” Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Former vice-presidential candidate’s remarks underline split in party

Former Republican presidential candidate   John Kasich: A campaign source close to the Ohio governor ruled out the possibility of the him serving as   Donald Trump’s running mate. Photograph: JD Pooley/Getty

Donald Trump assured of Republican Party nomination after final rival drops out

Donald Trump pays tribute to rival Ted Cruz at his victory party in Trump Tower in Manhattan, describing him as “one hell of a competitor”. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Trump adds midwest to his victories putting him in pole position to face Clinton

Ted Cruz has suspended his campaign to be the Republican presidential nominee in light of a resounding win for Donald Trump (right) in Indiana.

Resounding Indiana victory turns focus to November presidential election and Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump greets his supporters  at a campaign rally in South Bend, Indiana. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Billionaire Republican converts life-long Indiana Democrats with ‘strong arm’ plans

Donald Trump: Indiana primary win deals crushing blow to Ted Cruz’s presidential dreams.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Whitehouse hopeful sees off challenge from Texas senator Ted Cruz in midwest state

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz: “Donald Trump alleges that my Dad was involved in assassinating JFK. Now let’s be clear: this is nuts, this is not a reasonable position, this is just kooky,” he said. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Texan attacks billionaire for repeating tabloid allegation that his father knew Oswald

Cruz control: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on a campaign stopover in Osceola, Indiana. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Texan fights rearguard action in US midwest to prevent billionaire securing nomination

Supporting Donald Trump at the California Republican Convention in Burlingame, California on Friday. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

Turning tide indicates how politicians are slowly catching up with grassroots voters

Former speaker John Boehner: “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”Photograph: EPA

War of words between Texas senator and ex-US congressional leader John Boehner

Hillary Clinton has 88 per cent of the delegates needed to win the Democratic belt and she leads in the polls in California. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

Favourites move closer to presidential title fight with decisive victories in the north east

 Defence Forces Captain Peter Kelleher  reads the 1916 Proclamation at the ceremony in Washington

Sculpture of 19th century Irish rebel commemorated at event marking 1916 Rising

A bus carrying supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders drives down Broad Street during Pennsylvania’s primary election  in Philadelphia. Photograph:   Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

At polling stations in Philadelphia, Trump and Sanders supporters had plenty to say

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) and his wife Mary Pat (R) listen as Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during Trump’s five state primary night event in New York City on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Clinton scores four out of five north-eastern state victories forcing Sanders to change tack

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally  in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday. Photograph: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Clinton faces uphill climb to rally Sanders’s youthful support if she wins Democratic race

Campaigner Adi Roche delivers an impassioned plea to the United Nations general assembly in New York on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Activist delivers landmark speech to world body 30 years after nuclear disaster

Donald Trump speaking in Rhode Island: ‘If you collude in business, or if you collude in the stock market, they put you in jail, but in politics, because it’s a rigged system, because it’s a corrupt enterprise, in politics you are allowed to collude.’ Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Billionaire brands rivals as ‘weak’ and ‘pathetic’ for deal splitting remaining states

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: told New York gathering it was “no accident” the US was the only country mentioned in  1916 Proclamation: five of  seven signatories  had spent time in  US. Photograph: James Higgins

Old Irish republican calls Proclamation a ‘work in progress’ as goals remain unfulfilled

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly:  declined to comment on negotiations around the potential scrapping of water charges. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Environment says Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ‘need to do their deal’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Pennsylvania on Thursday. Each state contest in this head-turning presidential election reveals new types of Trump supporters. Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP

America Letter: His appeal is winning votes from all, including Irish and Scots-Irish

Malachy McAllister (left) walking with Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald at the St Patricks Day parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan last month

Belfast man has been engaged in a decades-long fight for full residency

US president Barack Obama is expected to voice his opposition to a British exit from the European Union during his visit to Britain beginning on Thursday night. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US president will offer arguments against Britain leaving EU if asked during UK visit

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks following victory in the New York state primary: his 60 per cent score in New York State was his highest level of support in his campaign so far. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Success of New York primaries pushes front-runners closer to party nominations

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both increased their leads in the race for the Democratic and Republican candicacy. Photograph: EPA/NYT

Republican and Democratic frontrunners tighten their grips on party nominations

Intel’s campus in Santa Clara, California.  The US firm announced plans  to cut up to 12,000 jobs worldwide. Photograph: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images

US firm is to cut 12,000 jobs worldwide due to falling sales of personal computers

Hillary and Bill Clinton at a campaign stop with Irish American supporters in Manhattan on Monday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Clintons enjoy Irish hospitality in New York at final campaign event before state primary

Bill Clinton with his wife Hillary during a campaign event at Fitzpatrick’s Grand Central Hotel in New York. Photograph: James Higgins

Ex-president says it’s better for parties not to ‘hold firm’ as Ireland needs a government

 New York could also inject a new momentum behind the leader in the Republican race, businessman Donald Trump, in his bid to be the party’s nominee. He has 744 delegates to 559 for Texas senator Ted Cruz. Photograph: Christopher Lee/The New York Times

Empire State could reignite Donald Trump’s White House bid and propel Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Their debate  was the shouty, testy affair you would expect from a debate in New  York. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP

Feisty encounter between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sets nasty tone for party

Ohio governor John Kasich is last in the Republican presidential race and sees a contested convention as his only hope. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

Voters seem to like the Ohio governor. But so far hardly anyone has voted for him

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts as rival candidate Senator Bernie Sanders tries to hand her a piece of paper during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. Photograph: Reuters

Ferocious exchanges between candidates before state’s make-or-break primary

Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at a rally in Wisconsin, the US. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Attorneys say there is insufficient evidence against man accused of grabbing reporter

Gov John Kasich of Ohio, a Republican presidential hopeful: “They’re going to pay back-taxes and maybe other fines. We want to give them a path to legalisation, not to citizenship.” Photograph: Zach Gibson/New York Times

Ohio governor John Kasich would as president offer legalisation, not citizenship

Young Bernie Sanders supporters hold Bernie posters before the campaign rally at Washington Square Park in New York on Wednesday night.  Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Democratic candidate fires up millennials at Manhattan mega-rally ahead of key primary

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump:  He leads in state primaries and caucuses   so far,  but the odds of the businessman reaching the majority of 1,237 pledged delegates to clinch the nomination in the first ballot at the national convention in July have declined. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Billionaire brands presidential nominating process ‘a scam’ and ‘a disgrace’

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after a campaign rally in Albany, New York: the businessman told supporters the electoral system is “rigged, disgusting and dirty”. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Political outsiders running in White House race decry the rules of an insider’s game

Former US president Bill Clinton campaigning for his wife among Irish-Americans in New York on Tuesday night. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Former US president campaigns for his wife among Irish-Americans in New York

Leslie Odum jnr, from the Broadway musical Hamilton, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and New York  mayor Bill de Blasio perform at the 94th annual Inner Circle Dinner on Saturday. Photograph: David Handschuh/The Inner Circle Via AP

Racially charged gag backfires as Democrat forced to defend attempt at political satire

Workers examine the broken joists of the fourth story balcony that collapsed and killed six Irish students at the Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California. Photograph: The New York Times

Three Irish women stepped off balcony moments before collapse

A woman reacts as US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks past following a campaign event   in Rochester, New York. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Cruz sweeps all 34 Colorado delegates leading to Trump lashing out at party

Hillary Clinton takes a selfie  at a rally  in Baltimore, Maryland,  on Sunday. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg

Former president’s crime and welfare Bills attacked by Black Lives Matter protesters

Donald Trump: not since Barry Goldwater has the Republican establishment so railed against a candidate as it has against Trump. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

A contested convention may see unusual tactics to win over unbound party delegates

Former US president Bill Clinton said he “almost” wanted to apologise for his response to Black Lives Matters protesters at a rally in support of his wife in Philadelphia. File photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Former president addresses feisty exchange at campaign rally for his wife in Philadelphia

Former INLA prisoner Malachy McAllister walking in this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade alongside Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald and president Gerry Adams.

Malachy McAllister who fled North in 1988 ordered to leave after decades-long fight

Hillary Clinton mixed with New Yorkers on the number 4 subway train in the Bronx in another effort by the Democratic candidate to show a more common touch. Photograph: Richard Perry/ The New York Times

Trump jabs Cruz on ‘New York values’ insult as Sanders, Clinton spar on fitness to lead

Hillary  Clinton’s support of the Panama trade deal, which Bernie  Sanders (above) challenged in the US senate, was one reason why she should not be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, he said. Photograph: Mark Makela/The New York Times

Names of wealthy Americans appear in law firm files as officials to target shell companies

Ted Cruz embracing his wife Heidi Cruz during a campaign event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday. He won 36 of the 42 nominee-choosing delegates in Wisconsin’s Republican primary. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Wisconsin deals heavy defeats to frontrunners and complicates races

Republican candidate Ted Cruz arrives for a Wisconsin primary night rally at the American Serb Banquet Hall in Milwaukee. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters

Hillary Clinton reminds media that she is still leading the Democratic race

A company logo is seen at a Pfizer office in Dublin. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

US drugs giant and Dublin firm to call off proposed merger over curbs to stop tax deals

Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders have defeated Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the Wisconsin presidential primary elections. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Katherine Taylor/EPA

Losses dealt to frontrunners as prospect of Republican convention fight raised

Donald Trump: has proposed using anti-terror surveillance law to cut off a portion of funds sent to Mexico through money transfers. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

US president: Constant questions from foreign leaders about ‘wackier’ GOP proposals

US President Barack Obama hit out at corporate “inversions” - the practice of US companies moving overseas in tax-avoiding paper-based mergers - calling them “one of the most insidious loopholes out there.”

President talks up anti-inversion curbs that analysts believe will kill off Irish-based Pfizer-Allergan mega-deal

The former Anglo Irish Bank offices in Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish bank’s Vienna branch offered clients a ‘lower profile’ alternative to Switzerland

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photograph: Paul Sancya/AP Photo

Midwestern state likely to decide whether Republicans are facing contested convention

US treasury secretary Jack Lew said  the new restrictions would “further rein in inversions and reduce the ability of companies to avoid taxes”. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Measures have the potential to jeopardise ‘inversion’ of Pfizer with Allergan

Holding a poster of Ted Cruz ahead of the primaries. Photograph: Joshua Lott/The New York Times

Republicans rubbish Ohio governor’s chance of winning party nomination at convention

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests during a campaign rally at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, Wisconsin. The state’s  voters go to the polls for the Republican  primary on Tuesday. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The first week without a ballot since Iowa has been horrific for the Republican frontrunner

Bill Clinton at an Irish-American event in New York City: He implored political opponents to find common ground in a speech that evoked the 1916 Proclamation of the Easter Rising. Photograph: Peter Foley

Northern Ireland would get ‘whacked’ by Brexit, former president tells Irish audience

Marco Rubio and Donald Trump: Trump retweeted a photo posted last week by a supporter mocking the appearance of Rubio’s wife. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla

Rubio has written to party leaders in 21 states and territories where he won delegates saying he wants to retain them

The district attorney’s office hired an outside company to take the two balconies and placed them side by side in a warehouse where the experts could go over exactly what happened to cause balcony collapse. Photograph: The New York Times

Announcement comes after DA concludes lack of evidence to bring criminal charges

People stand in silence during a memorial for those who lost their lives after a balcony gave way in Berkeley, California,  June 17th, 2015. File photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

District attorney’s investigation improves chances for families in US civil legal actions

A process known as “destructive testing” of the structures at the spot from which the balcony collapsed at the Library Gardens apartment block on Kittredge Street near downtown Berkeley is carried out by experts. Photograph: Alameda County District Attorney’s Office

Nine-month investigation by California prosecutor leads to no criminal charges

Broken wooden supports are exposed after the collapse of a balcony at the Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California, in June of last year. Five Dublin J1 visa students and an Irish-American woman  died in the incident. File photograph: Jim Wilson/New York Times

‘Insufficient evidence’ to bring manslaughter charges over tragedy, says US district attorney

Crowd control: President Obama at the baseball game between Tampa Bay Rays and Cuba’s national team, in Havana. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Weekend Read: The US president’s historic visit to Cuba this week was a victory lap for his doctrine of diplomacy. But it's one of(...)

Heidi and Ted Cruz: The senator and Donald Trump have escalated their bitter campaign feud, taking to social media in fight over their wives. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

‘Snivelling coward’ has a go at ‘Lyin’ Ted’ in Republican boys’ locker room

Eamon Gilmore: “As we know from our own experience in Ireland, you can set target dates, but you can’t always get everything into the jar by that date.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

Former tánaiste in Cuba trying to broker an end to Colombia’s 52-year conflict

 US president Barack Obama  and Cuban president Raúl Castro  at a baseball exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, in Havana. Photograph: Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Barack Obama and family go to a baseball game with Cuban president Raúl Castro

Cuban president Raúl Castro   attends US president Barack Obama’s speech at the  Gran Teatro in Havana, Cuba: Mr Obama said  there was “an evolution” and “a generational change” taking place inside Cuba. Photograph: Desmond Boylan/AP

US president compares America and Cuba to estranged brothers during speech in Havana

A woman sports a T-shirt in the livery of the US flag while riding pillion on a motorcycle in Havana. Photograph: Getty Images

Longing for access to cheaper food hitched to national goodwill towards US president

US president Barack Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro: Mr Obama said the list of the things the White House could do to ease restrictions outside of ending the embargo was “growing shorter.” Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president hails first visit by an American leader to Cuba in 88 years as a ‘new day’

US president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arriving in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday. They were accompanied by their daughters Malia and Sasha. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

First sitting US president to visit island in 88 years lands in Havana to rebuild political ties

US president Barack Obama accepts a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president finds a welcome modern application for 1916 Proclamation

Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams outside St Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in New York yesterday. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

White House chief of staff and Secret Service director brief US congressmen on incident

“This is unbelievable,” said an emotional Brendan Fay, the co-founder of the group, the Lavender & Green Alliance (marching above), who fought for 25 years for the parade to be opened up to gay groups. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Lavender & Green Alliance fought for 25 years for parade to be opened to gay groups

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