Wisconsin governor Scott Walker   speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Thursday. Walker’s  bitter fight against trade unions has cast him on to the national stage. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The New York Times

Conservative firebrand flaunts credentials as conviction politician despite angry protests

Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

UKIP chief tells Republicans to appeal to moderates

DC law permits adults over the age of 21 to posses up to two ounces, 56 grams, of marijuana. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

US capital is first place on east coast to make recreational marijuana lawful

Don Keough was among the first recipients of an Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award honouring members of the Irish diaspora

Former Coca-Cola president well known for his passion for Ireland and philanthropy

Billionaire John C Malone, the biggest landowner in the US has now set his sites on creating an Irish property portfolio. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The ‘Cable Cowboy’ is America’s biggest landowner. Now he’s snapping up property this side of the Atlantic

A woman is reflected in the snow-covered sculpture “Cloud Gate” as she walks through Millennium Park during blizzard conditions in Chicago. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

The snow keeps getting deeper and the cold keeps getting colder

Maureen McDonnell will follow her husband Robert McDonnell into prison after being sentenced to a year and a day for political corruption

Maureen McDonnell convicted of corruption for taking gifts and loans from businessman

New York immigrant families gather in Manhattan to reject a court order freezing President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms. Photograph: Mariano Andrade/AFP/Getty Images

Move would allow government to proceed with executive order to protect immigrants

Gayle Killilea-Dunne, the wife of insolvent property developer Sean Dunne, has sought to block a legal action taken by his US bankruptcy official to recover millions of euro in assets he transferred to her. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Gayle Killilea-Dunne fights US challenge to husband’s assets transferred to her

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