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

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams meets then US president Bill Clinton in the in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on St Patrick’s Day, 2000. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

America Letter: Memorial for Martin McGuinness underlines distance travelled

US president Donald Trump talks to reporters about the departure of his chief of staff Reince Priebus, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president says homeland security secretary John Kelly has been appointed to role

 White House chief of staff Reince Priebus: White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci implied in a tweet that Preibus is responsible for some of the White House leaks.

John McCain splits with most Republican senators and seals the fate of so-called ‘skinny repeal’ bill

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci: ‘I sometimes use colorful language’. Photograph: Reuters

Trump’s communications director attacks chief of staff Priebus and senior adviser Bannon in rant

US president Donald Trump speaks at a ceremony honouring the two police officers who were injured during an attack on Republican congressmen in a baseball park in Alexandria, Virginia. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Pentagon says it will continue to employ transgender staff until new rules are issued

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: a member of the ‘Big Six’ that released statement on proposed border adjustment tax. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

Plan would have posed long-term threat to foreign direct investment in Ireland

An  11-year-old transgender child of an active duty serviceman  looks on during a press conference condemning US president Donald Trump’s ban on transgender service members. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty

US president’s decision criticised by John McCain among others

US president Donald Trump, who has announced that transgender individuals are to be banned from serving in the US military in any capacity. Photograph: Tony Dejak/AP

Decision to reverse key Obama-era policy takes Washington by surprise

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams attends a memorial mass for Martin McGuinness at St Peter’s Catholic Church.Photograph: Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com

Sinn Féin president attends memorial mass for Martin McGuinness in Washington

Jeff Sessions: Donald Trump has unleashed a barrage of criticism at him in interviews and on Twitter over the past week. Photograph: Getty Images

President renews attack on Sessions for recusing himself from Russia inquiry

Senator John McCain urged US senators to work together to find a solution to the healthcare problem. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Republicans decide to proceed with debate on Bill to repeal Affordable Care Act

Martin McGuinness: “He helped bring an end to the longest-running political dispute in the history of the western world. After decades and against great odds, we saw the gun permanently taken out of Irish politics,” said Congressman Richard Neal. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Late Sinn Féin man ‘changed the course of history in Ireland’, says Richard Neal

US president Donald Trump talks to children of alleged “victims of Obamacare” at the White House. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images

President applies greater pressure on senate Republicans to repeal Affordable Care Act

Jared Kushner speaks outside the West Wing of the White House . Photograph: Joshua Roberts /Reuters

‘I did not collude with Russians, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did’

Ohio businessman Ed Crawford, who has emerged as the front-runner to become the next US ambassador to Ireland, at the opening of an Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland. Image: YouTube.

Chairman of Nasdaq-listed company has worked with Irish community in Cleveland

 A tweet by US president Donald Trump raised concerns that he could use his constitutional power to grant pardons to himself or family members. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Lawyer claims move not under discussion following president’s Twitter outburst

For millions of Americans, the future of healthcare looks as uncertain as ever. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s plan to replace Obamacare is in tatters after Republicans refused to back it in the US Senate

Anne Anderson, the outgoing Irish Ambassador to the United States: “I had to put my foot down, very early on.” Photograph: Andre Chung for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Ambassador Anne Anderson on her trailblazing career in male-dominated diplomacy

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who resigned unexpectedly after US president Donald Trump appointed former hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.  Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

Former press secretary was critical of president’s choice for communications director

OJ Simpson at his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center, in Lovelock, Nevada. Photograph: Jason Bean/Reno Gazette-Journa/EPA

Simpson’s comment ‘I’m not a guy who lived a criminal life’ was seized upon after hearing

 Sean Spicer  resigned from his post as press secretary arguing that  Anthony Scaramucci  did not have the requisite communications experience. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Latest personnel moves in the communications department may be a reflection of a White House under siege

President Donald Trump attempts to crush a  glass protective vial:  as he settles into office, he has relatively few legislative wins to show. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

President shows lack of leadership on issues and appears detached from Republicans

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (above), along with Donald Trump Jr, is due to  appear  before the Senate judiciary committee next Wednesday. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

US Wrap: Dollar slumps as Russian investigation widens and healthcare plan stalls

OJ Simpson attends his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, USA. Photograph: Jason Bean/EPA

Former NFL star and actor acquitted of murder but later jailed for robbery, assault

 Trump made the  statement about Sessions in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday. File photograph: John Locher/AP

President says Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from Russia related matters was ‘very unfair ’

Donald Trump jnr is to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of Russian probe. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

Jared Kushner due to be questioned in private over controversial Trump Tower meeting

Senator John McCain (80) is considering treatment options including chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Photograph: EPA

Veteran senator says he will be ‘back soon’ as Trump and former presidents wish him well

US president Donald Trump speaks  at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US president also attends electoral integrity commission as he repeats claim of voter fraud

 Russian  president Vladimir Putin with US president Donald Trump  at  the   G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7th. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Hour-long conversation using Moscow-employed translator took place during leaders’ dinner in Hamburg

Senate majority leader Senator Mitch McConnell:  With four Republicans now lined up against  McConnell’s health overhaul, the plan has flatlined in the 100-member chamber.  Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Latest delay raises questions about whether Trump can follow through on campaign promises

US president Donald Trump  with vice-president Mike Pence during a “Made in America” showcase at the White House. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

Collapse raises doubts about prospects of Congress reforming healthcare this session

Opponents criticised moves to include a version  that would allow insurers to sell plans that don’t comply with the Obamacare requirements. Photograph: Saul Loeb/Getty Images

Failure to pass Bill is latest in a series of healthcare setbacks for Republicans

US president Donald Trump. The Trump administration has increased the number of H-2B visas available to foreign temporary workers for this year. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Sean Spicer denies the surprise move undermines president’s America First policy

New York mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray after the funeral of police officer Miosotis Familia. Photograph: Chang W Lee/The New York Times

Bill de Blasio risked the ire of New Yorkers by leaving for G20 in a tense time at home

Air Force One: President Trump and the first lady arrive in New Jersey on Friday to spend the weekend in Bedminster. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Extra details of Trump jnr’s Russia meeting; travel ban and Obamacare repeal in doubt

  Democrat Chuck Schumer   responds to  Republican Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August. Photograph: EPA/Michael Reynolds

Proposal has alienated both fiscal conservatives and more left-wing members of the party

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, during a House financial services committee hearing in Washington, on Wednesday. Photograph: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

Federal Reserve chairman says it is unclear when inflation might begin to pick up

Christopher Wray, US president Donald Trump’s nominee for FBI director, testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate judiciary committee,  in Washington,  DC. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Christopher Wray appears at Senate confirmation hearing to succeed James Comey

Donald Trump jnr with US president Donald Trump. File photograph: Getty

US president defends ‘innocent’ Donald Trump jnr over meeting with Russian lawyer

Donald Trump jnr with his father. Just as Trump’s proposal for co-operation with Russia on cybersecurity and the move to allow Ivanka to sit at the G20 table was met with bafflement, Trump jnr’s decision to meet with a Russian lawyer and then not disclose it could be seen as political naivety at best. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

Son’s meeting with Russian lawyer has serious implications for US president

Donald Trump jnr and his father   after the first presidential debate last summer. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump jnr enthusiastically welcomed offer of Russian assistance

Donald Trump jnr speaking at the Republican National Convention  in Cleveland, Ohio in July 2016. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

US president’s eldest son at centre of latest twist in story of Russia election interference

Trump campaign: Donald Trump snr with his eldest son, Donald Trump jnr, in the run-up to the 2016 US election. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Pool/Getty

Email said ‘incriminating’ information was part of Moscow support for Trump snr

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