An employee places price tags on Black Friday sale items displayed for the media at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc.  in Burbank, California. Photograph: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

America Letter: More clicks are contributing to the demise of out-of-town malls

Al Franken: the senator apologised for groping the broadcaster Leeann Tweeden in 2006, on a military flight back from the Middle East, where they had been entertaining US troops

After Roy Moore allegations, sexual misconduct scandal spreads to Democrats

Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan and US president Donald Trump  at the US Capitol in Washington DC  on Thursday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Vote on overhauling tax system a victory for Paul Ryan but proposal faces Senate hurdles

President Donald Trump: has outlined achievements of his 12-day trip to Asia, but declined reporters’ questions on whether Roy  Moore should step down. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque

Calls grow for Alabama judge to withdraw from US senate race over sex allegations

US president Donald Trump boards Air Force One to return home from the  Philippines: takes a transactional, deal-making approach to policy, whatever the moral or ethical costs.  Photograph: Jonathan Ernst

US president’s 12-day tour shows policy forged by impulse not long-term thinking

Paschal Donohoe: the Minister says the Government will examine the use of the so-called “Single Malt” tax structure that is being used by large multinationals to reduce their tax bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney / Collins

Minister says it is ‘absolutely not’ intention to create tax planning opportunities

US attorney general Jeff Sessions pauses as he testifies before a House Judiciary Committee. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

US attorney general recalls attending a meeting with George Papadopoulos

Paschal Donohoe at the Fine Gael conference in Cavan at the weekend. The Minister  is on  a four-day visit to the east coast of the United States. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister tells US gathering regulatory convergence could be maintained across Ireland

Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and special counsel leading the Russia investigation: the inquiry continues while Donald Trump is overseas. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Russian interference inquiry in US battles against growing group of Trump loyalists

A tattered US flag flies on an old tractor in a farm field outside Sutherland Springs, near the site of the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Texas. Photograph: Reuters/Rick Wilking

In Sutherland Springs the right to bear arms is a creed as strong as the Baptist faith. But is last weekend’s massacre causing res(...)

LBJ Presidential Library: President and Lady Bird Johnson outside their complex, at the University of Texas at Austin, in 1971. Photograph: Bettmann/Getty

America Letter: LBJ’s covered Vietnam, Nixon’s Watergate; Obama’s is wholly digital

Alabama’s Republican candidate for the US Senate Roy Moore (centre)  sparked controversy while chief justice on the Alabama supreme court by commissioning a large granite monument inscribed with the 10 Commandments to be placed in front of the court. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

John McCain leads calls for controversial Republican frontrunner to stand down

The scene outside the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, Texas, on Sunday following the shooting incident in Sutherland Springs in which 26 people were killed. Photograph: William Luther/San Antonio Express-News/AP

Gun-control advocates fear focus on air force error may hinder wider debate

Devin Kelley: the suspect in the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Photograph: AP

Devin Kelley, who killed 26 people, able to buy weapon after federal database error

Law enforcement officials continue investigating at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church  early on November 6th, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas, after a mass shooting. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

Fourteen children and eight members of the same family among worshippers massacred

Devin Patrick Kelley joined the air force in 2010 and was discharged  after being court-martialled for assaulting his then wife and her child

Breakdown between Devin Kelley and his in-laws is thought to be a possible motive

FBI agents search for clues at the entrance to the First Baptist Church after a mass shooting resulting in the deaths of  26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Killer of 26 people was discharged from US Air Force for assaulting his spouse and child

Taoiseach Leo  Varadkar said the relationship that exists between Ireland and the US “is much stronger than any particular administration or president of the United States”. File photograph: Tom Honan

‘Much more serious things could befall Ireland than the visit of any individual’

FBI officials arrive at the site of a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs. Photograph: Max Massey/Reuters

Two law enforcement sources speaking anonymously have identified gunman

Surrounded by miners, US President Donald Trump (centre) shows the signed Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, DC, in March. The president claimed an end to the “war on coal”, as he moved to roll back climate protections enacted by his predecessor Barack Obama. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Trump – one year on: his administration is pushing through changes that could have implications for decades to come

Republican US president-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan on  November 9th, 2016. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Presidential moments: crowd size, Russia, travel ban, firings, North Korea, accusations

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, California. Photograph: Facebook

Taoiseach made comments during three-day trade visit to west coast of US

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, California. Facebook has confirmed it plans to create hundreds of new jobs in Ireland next year. Photograph: Facebook

Varadkar meets tech companies and pays tribute to Harvey Milk in San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay area is suffering from an acute housing crisis, in part a side effect of the booming tech industry. Photograph: Jim Wilson/New York Times

US Letter: Legislators are among those questioning dominance of tech companies

It is understood that during a meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and chief executive Tim Cook the company did not confirm whether it was proceding with the project.

Taoiseach told Tim Cook of value and importance Government attaches to project

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. Photograph: KCNA / via REUTERS/File

Department of Foreign Affairs says it does not support visit by any parliamentary delegation

Gardaí inspect vehicles at a checkpoint. Government Ministers insisted disciplinary action would be taken against individual gardaí if evidence of wrongdoing had occurred. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Report criticises lack of supervision and inadequate management within the force

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, California.  Facebook has confirmed it plans to create hundreds of new jobs in Ireland next year. Photograph: Facebook

Taoiseach meets social media website’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in California

A police officer secures an area where flowers are left near the site of a terror attack in New York on the previous day. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

Bruce Morrison responds to proposal by Trump to abolish scheme over Uzbek suspect

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned that Northern Ireland is ‘sliding towards direct rule’. Photograph: Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty

Taoiseach says Government cannot accept a return to pre-Belfast Agreement rule

US president Donald Trump on Wednesday: “Diversity lottery sounds nice. It’s not nice, it’s not good, it hasn’t been good, we’ve been against it,” he said. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Irish officials in US have been pressing for more merit-based system for Irish immigrants

Aerial View of the Apple data centre site at Athenry, Co Galway.

Taoiseach ‘keen to speak’ to tech giant about the project as it clears final planning hurdle

Empty tracks and train platforms at the Navan Parkway station as a result of strike action by Iarnród Éireann over pay. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Tens of thousands of passengers disrupted as staff at rail firm take action over pay

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s first engagement on his three-day trade mission to the US west coast is at Microsoft’s headquarters in Seattle on Wednesday morning.

Taoiseach to talk to at least 35 potential and existing investors as part of three-day trip

US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out Halloween candy to children at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

US president hits out at investigation after three charged with criminal offences

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the US District Court after pleading not guilty following his indictment on federal charges including conspiracy against the United States. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Rick Gates plead not guilty to 12 charges

Former Trump 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former campaign official Rick Gates appear in front of US Magistrate Deborah A Robinson in US Federal Court. Photograph: Bill Hennessey/Reuters

Actions of members of Trump administration veers close to territory of collusion

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, one focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, hides behind his car visor as he leaves his home in Alexandria, Virginia, on October 30th, 2017. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Two other senior figures in US president’s campaign indicted by special counsel

Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House last week. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

President aims to shift focus to Clinton day before inquiry set to produce first indictment

Samantha Power: President Trump “is way more divisive and more of a purveyor of hate towards different groups and trying to pit different parts of American society against each other than I expected.” Photograph: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fortune/Time Inc

The Irish born academic and former US ambassador to the UN on how she became one of the most powerful women in American foreign af(...)

President John F Kennedy waves from his car  in Dallas, moments before he is shot. Photograph: AP Photo/Jim Altgens

CIA and FBI demand some documents in Kennedy records should be held back

Visitors pull off the road to take autumn photos in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia: the Antiquities Act may be overhauled. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Weekenders cannot take countryside for granted as Trump moves to redesignate sites

US president Donald Trump: this week was a dark moment as criticism by Bob Corker and Jeff Flake found little backing.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Lack of backing for Corker and Flake comments has bolstered US president

Part of a file, dated April 5th, 1964, details efforts to trace Lee Harvey Oswald’s travel from Mexico City back to the United States, released for the first time on  October 26th, 2017.  Photograph: Jon Elswick/AP Photo

Lee Harvey Oswald ‘never an FBI informant, was never paid money for information’

Donald Trump displays a presidential public health emergency declaration on the nation’s opioid crisis, in the White House, Washington. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

President stops short of national emergency, which would have freed up federal disaster relief fund

US president Donald Trump: “I went to an Ivy League college . . . I’m a very intelligent person.” Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Republicans say president is ‘reckless, outrageous and undignified’ and ‘debasing’ US

JFK assassination: Jacqueline Kennedy cradles her husband seconds after he was fatally shot. Photograph: AP

White House may hold back some documents for national-security reasons

Arizona senator Jeff Flake and his wife Cheryl Flake leave the US Capitol after Mr Flake announced that he will not be seeking re-election. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Scathing criticism of US president marks a new low in relations with Republican party

File image of  US senator Jeff Flake on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The move follows earlier public spat between Donald Trump and Bob Corker

 Myeshia Johnson she kisses the casket of her husband army Sgt La David Johnson during his burial service at the Memorial Gardens East cemetery in Hollywood, Florida. Photograph: Gaston de Cardenas/AFP/Getty Images

Myeshia Johnson says conversation with president made her cry with anger

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

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