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

Donald Trump jnr: said he agreed to meet the Russian lawyer at Trump Tower as he was told she may have had “information helpful to the campaign”. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

President had no knowledge of meeting until recent days, spokeswoman says

 Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany last week. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentiev/AFP/Getty Images

Eldest son’s confirmation he met with Russian attorney seen as serious development

G20 summit: President Trump arrives back at the White House on Saturday. Photograph:  Al Drago/New York Times

Move comes after president’s son said to have met Russian lawyer for damaging Hillary Clinton information

US president Donald Trump in Hamburg, on Friday.  Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US leader’s alarming behaviour has yet to provoke a meaningful Republican backlash

US president Donald Trump tweeted a video clip of him attacking an opponent in a wrestling match with a CNN logo imposed on the head of his opponent. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The US president’s unpredictable behaviour comes amid frayed political nerves

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Mr Trump accepted Mr Putin’s claim of non-interference in polls. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Washington and Moscow agree at G20 sideline meeting to ceasefire in western Syria

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell speaks to the media about delaying a vote on Republican healthcare plans. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

White House rejects report that 22 million people would be left uninsured under plan

A flag flies outside the US supreme court after it was announced that the court will allow a limited version of Donald Trump’s travel ban to take effect. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Getty

Restrictions continue for residents of six ‘terror-prone’ Muslim-majority countries

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump administration may enforce its 90-day ban on travellers from six mostly Muslim countries. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images.

Supreme Court ruling offers protection to those ‘with a credible claim’ of relationship with person in US

On Monday, the US department of agriculture granted Irish producers the right to carry a USDA-approved brand marketing Irish beef.

Newly-reappointed Minister for Agriculture leads trade visit to US and Mexico

Back in campaign mode: President Trump leaves Wednesday’s rally in Cedar Rapids. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The president was back in campaign mode as his press secretary packed his bags

US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday. Photograph:  Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

US president questions independence of man tasked with leading Russia investigation

US president Donald Trump and James Comey, the man he fired as FBI director. Photographs: Michael Reynolds/Shawn Thew/EPA

US president had said the sacked FBI director ‘better hope’ tapes of exchanges did not exist

Republican Karen Handel makes  a heart sign for her supporters ahead of her election victory in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Republicans pledge to push through vote on revised healthcare plan as early as next week

Struggling under the weight of a deepening Russian scandal and special counsel investigation, Donald Trump needed a win. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The vote had been closely watched as a barometer of public feeling towards the president

Georgia’s 6th Congressional district Republican candidate Karen Handel gives a heart sign to supporters gathered at Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina on June 20, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Karen Handel beat Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff in the race for the congressional seat in Georgia’s sixth district

A US warplane shot down an Iran-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in southern Syria.   Photograph: Matthew Bursch/AFP/Getty

Russia reacts with fury to recent US shooting down of a Syrian fighter plane

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is taking on Republican Karen Handel in Atlanta, Georgia’s sixth  congressional district election. Photograph: Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters

US Wrap: Democrat Jon Ossoff could take Republican seat; Trump meets tech leaders

Otto Frederick Warmbier has died after his return to the US, following his detention in North Korea. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

Warmbier suffered brain damage during 18 months he served of 15-year sentence

Ireland is hoping for a breakthrough on access to the US beef market this week, as Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed arrived in Washington on Sunday for a week-long trade mission

Minister is seeking the award of a USDA-backed marketing brand promoting Irish beef’s credentials

The Trump International Hotel in Washington. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

Opposition to the Trumps' business entanglements is gaining momentum

Ana Lacayo and Barbara Jimino, both of Miami, show their support for US president Donald Trump near the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, Florida. Photograph: Bernie Woodall/Reuters

‘We do not want US dollars to prop up regime that represses and exploits people of Cuba’

US president Donald Trump has sent angry tweets this week over a report that  Robert Mueller was looking into whether the president obstructed justice.  Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Vice president Pence hires lawyer in connection with FBI’s investigation into Russian links

 Republican congressman Steve Scalise, who was shot and injured on Wednesday,  photographed in  August 2014. File photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Bullet travelled across pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring organs and causing bleeding

US president Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

US president says Russian collusion story is ‘phony’ after report he is under investigation

Donald Trump: the US president met with Florida senator Marco Rubio, his former rival as Republican nominee for president, for dinner at the White House last week. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/EPA

US president’s new policy towards the island could include tightening of travel rules

House majority whip Steve Scalise: Fox News reported that he was in stable condition after being shot  at a baseball practice involving US politicians. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Attacker dies in hospital of injuries sustained in gun fight with Capitol Hill police officers

US attorney general Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump administration, and its possible collusion with Russia during the campaign. Photograph: EPA

Attorney general unable to recall meeting with Russian ambassador at hotel event

Enda Kenny arrives at Government Buildings, Dublin, for his last day as Taoiseach. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

What does the future hold for the man who will no longer be taoiseach?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: to testify before the senate intelligence committee. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP Photo

Move adds to pressure on Trump administration as its travel-ban appeal is rejected

US vice-president Mike Pence. The former governor of Indiana has suggested that gay people should receive medical treatment to change their sexual behaviour. Photograph: Bill Ingalls/Nasa via Getty Images

Administration’s right-wing Irish-American identity poses challenge for future taoiseach

Former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president denies former FBI director’s central claim that he demanded ‘loyalty’

Former FBI director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Reuters

Analysis: Republican-controlled Congress reserves the power to impeach president

President Donald Trump addresses supporters at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/ EPA

President rails against Comey testimony, telling faithful ‘we will never give up’

Former FBI director James Comey before a US senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Former FBI chief says reason for sacking to alter way Russian investigation conducted

Former FBI director James Comey  is making his first public comments since being fired by President Donald Trump in May.  Photograph: AP

Implications of sacked FBI director’s testimony could be explosive

President Donald Trump and FBI director James Comey. Mr Comey will testify  before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, where he is expected to be quizzed intensely about his interactions with Mr Trump. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Ex-FBI chief to face Intelligence Committee, marking escalation in Russia controversy

Asked in Chicago if he had any advice for his successor Enda Kenny cited a text the late Seamus Heaney sent to his wife shortly before he died. “Noli timere – do not be afraid.” File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach hails ‘hero of our nation’ and Fine Gael founder as he offers advice to Varadkar

Leo Varadkar is expected to be elected taoiseach when the House resumes on Tuesday, June 13th. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Government TDs also want commitment to phase out USC ahead of vote for Taoiseach

Rachid Redouane married a British woman at Dublin registry office in November, 2012, and lived in a flat in Grosvenor Square, Rathmines, south Dublin, around that time. Photograph: London Met Police/EPA

Special Detective Unit holds man in Wexford after man in Limerick released without charge

 (L-R) Youssef Zaghba, Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane - believed to be the three London attackers. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Inquiry seeking to establish if Rachid Redouane wed for immigration reasons

Taoiseach Enda Kenny dealt with the leadership issue early. “I’m happy to pass on responsibility to the next generation.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Bono alerts devoted fans to presence at Chicago concert of ‘chieftan of our country’

Armed police officers stand guard at the perimeter cordon following Saturday night’s London terror attack. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Ireland ‘ill-equipped’ to handle terror threat, say security analysts

London mayor Sadiq Khan: Trump’s tweet appears to refer to comments by Mr Khan when he said that while people would see an increased police presence, there was “no reason to be alarmed”

Khan spokesman says mayor has more important things than responding to ‘ill-informed tweet’

 American Visionary –  John F Kennedy’s Life and Times exhibition    in Washington, DC: the show is an attempt to present a fresh look at a man who continues to occupy a powerful place in the American imagination. Photograph: Larry French/Getty

US: Kennedy presidency coincided with a golden age of photojournalism

Paris Agreement: Donald Trump departs after announcing the United States’ withdrawal from the climate-change accord. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Top polluter China says it still backs global climate-change accord

Donald Trump: “At what point do they start laughing at us as a country?” Photograph: Getty Images

Analysis: President laments flawed deal as one marked by ‘other countries laughing at us’

US President Donald Trump announces his decision that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Robinson says its unconscionable one of the world’s largest emitters would walk away from its responsibilities

US president Donald Trump: has described climate change as a ‘hoax’ to international dismay. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

President poised to decide on whether to quit Paris accord climate agreement many deem vital

Stephen Swift, GE, Wilbur Ross, Secretary, US Department of Commerce, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Nguyen Viet Cuong, chairman of Phu Cuong, Pham Quoc Anh, GM Phu Cuong, Andy Kinsella, COO, Mainstream Renewable Power, Thang Bui Vinh, Mainstream Renewable Power

Eddie O’Connor’s renewable energy firm joins with US utilities giant GE on project

Angela Merkel and Donald Trump at last week’s G7 summit: US press secretary Sean Spicer is seeking to downplay reports of tensions between the two leaders. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

Twitter attack latest sign of escalating tensions between long-time partners

US president Donald Trump has defended his senior advisor, saying he is “doing a great job for the country”. Photograph:  Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president’s son-in-law reportedly sought to set up back channel with Moscow

US  office of management and budget director Mick Mulvaney: “We don’t want to measure compassion by the number of programmes we have and the number of people on them.” Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

America Letter: Taxpayers’ budget has fuzzy maths and will hurt low-income Americans

Jared Kushner: the 36-year-old former property magnate is a senior figure in the White House, playing an increasingly prominent role in foreign policy.   Photograph: Getty Images

Activities of the president’s son-in-law in the month before Donald Trump’s inauguration under spotlight

American president Donald Trump shakes hands with Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, during a Nato summit in Brussels. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

US president wants Europe to show him the money as other issues simmer

Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Political journalist allegedly thrown to the floor by Greg Gianforte

Attendees cheer for Democratic candidate Rob Quist (foreground) during a rally at Montana State University. Photograph: Jenna Shoenefeld/New York Times

Contests viewed as bellwether of public attitudes to Trump ahead of 2018 midterms

Former CIA director John Brennan testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on the investigation about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign on Capitol Hill.

John Brennan claims Russian ‘interactions’ but stops short of alleging US ‘collusion’

 US President Donald  Trump,  King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi  opening the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph:  EPA/Saudi Press Agency

United States’ role is not to ‘lecture’ or ‘tell other people how to live’, says US president

US president Donald Trump at the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

He received a warm welcome in Saudi Arabia but a trickier assignment to Israel beckons

US President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president addresses Islamic leaders on the second day of his Saudi Arabia visit

Roger Ailes, the cofounder of Fox News. Photograph: Angel Franco/The New York Times

America Letter: Scandals and the ignoring of certain Trump stories have had an impact

US president Donald Trump meets with Russian officials at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Russian Foreign Ministry via The New York Times

Senior White House advisor is significant person of interest in Russia inquiry, story says

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