US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and US senator Tim Kaine of Virginia during a campaign rally  in Annandale, Virginia. File photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate picks Irish-American senator for White House bid

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the US. Photograph: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Billionaire has capitalised on the conservative movement’s ‘us versus them’ division

David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan: “I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years.” Photograph:  Gustau Nacarino/Reuters/File Photo

Trump struggles saying LGBTQ but enjoys sound of his voice so much he talks for 76 minutes

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses delegates at the end of the last day of the Republican National Convention  in Cleveland, Ohio. Photograph:   Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

If Billionaire Donald Trump to is take over the White House the reality-TV star faces a big challenge: winning over record numbers(...)

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Photograph: AP

Republican presidential nominee reiterates pledge to build anti-immigration wall

Democratic US  presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders embrace during a campaign rally where Sanders endorsed Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire,  last month. Photograph: Mary Schwalm/Reuters

Unity will the theme and Donald Trump the target at the party’s convention next week

Donald Trump: he said that as president he would come to the aid of Baltic states if they were attacked by Moscow only after reviewing whether those countries “have fulfilled their obligation to us”.

Republican candidate says he may not automatically defend military allies if attacked

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence after his speech at the Republican convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Photograph: AFP Photo/Timothy A Clary

Republican campaign language breaks even more new ground

Texas senator Ted Cruz during his speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. He said that Mr Trump’s campaign and the Brexit vote showed that “people are fed up with politicians who don’t listen to them, fed up with a corrupt system that benefits the elites instead of working men and women”. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Texas senator draws parallels between rise of Donald Trump and UK vote to leave EU

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (left), points toward Republican vice presidential candidate Indiana governor Mike Pence  after Mr Pence’s acceptance speech during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Photograph: AP

Indiana governor declares party unified behind Trump despite Cruz convention revolt

Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, speaks during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Texan booed and jeered as he sensationally withholds his endorsement of billionaire

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio: he said described some of Donald Trump’s rhetoric as “pretty out there”. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

‘My Little Pony’ used to defend Melania Trump plagiarism, Farage shows up at convention

 A delegate reacts after Donald Trump was officially nominated during the roll call of states for the nomination of Donald Trump on the second day of the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Professionalism of Republican candidate’s campaign called into question

Donald Trump delivers an address via video to delegates on the second day of the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Photograph: EPA/DAVID MAXWELL

A Bond villain, a disbelieving politician and a tearful businessman react to tycoon’s win

Donald Trump Jr, son of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, gestures while speaking during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Law professor says he wrote Donald jr’s Ohio speech following more copycat accusations

Donald Trump Jr (left), along with Ivanka Trump (centre) and Eric Trump (right), take part in the roll call in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19 during which their father Donald Trump was formally named the republican  presidential nominee. Photograph: Getty

Party names billionaire as their nominee in Ohio crowning extraordinary victory

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, walks to the stage as Mr Trump introduces her during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Claims that Melania Trump’s speech was copied overshadow second day of convention

Michelle Obama: critics claim sections of a speech by Melania Trump were lifted virtually verbatim from a speech Mrs Obama made in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention. The Trump campaign has dismissed the complaints. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Whose line is it anyway as Trump’s wife appears to channel Michelle Obama?

Comedian Stephen Colbert clowns around on the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Photograph:  J Scott Applewhite/AP

Hillary Clinton goes nuclear on Donald Trump as Stephen Colbert hijacks podium

Melania Trump, wife of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, addressing delegates on the first day of the Republican National Convention  in Cleveland, Ohio, and Michelle Obama, wife of US president Barack Obama, greeting the audience at the Democratic National Convention 2008  in Denver, Michigan. Photograph: Alex Wong, Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s wife is accused of copying speech by Michelle Obama at convention

Melania Trump, wife of Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump, waves as she arrives to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18th. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Speakers at Republican convention cast Trump as credible, no-nonsense leader

A police officer places flowers on a memorial outside Our Lady of the Lake Regional Hospital after three police officers  were shot and killed in an ambush by former US marine sergeant Gavin Long. Photograph:  Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Police scour Iraq veteran’s social media and video posts for clues of motive behind attack

A volunteer places programmes on chairs before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, US. Photograph: John Taggart/Bloomberg

Republican organisers are desperate to unite the party following brutal primary race

Police vehicles  near the scene of a fatal shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Suspect in the killing of three police officers in Louisiana named as Gavin Long

Cleveland police patrol Cleveland city ahead of the four-day Republican National Convention. An estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Ohio city on heightened alert for Republican convention after Baton Rouge police shooting

Republican national convention: Donald Trump expects to be confirmed as the party’s presidential nominee. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Donald Trump is heading to Cleveland for the Republican convention and his coronation as nominee will likely draw plenty of protes(...)

Joe Arpaio: “Maybe President Obama should be more supportive of cops instead of going after people every time they shoot a black person.” Photograph: Samantha Sais/New York Times

The Maricopa County sheriff says that the Republican is his ‘kind of guy: outspoken’ – and that people have overreacted to the pol(...)

Dallas police chief David Brown speaks during a memorial service for the victims of the  police shooting in Dallas, Texas. When asked, as an African-American police officer  how to bridge the divide between the two, the self-effacing Brown turned to humour. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

David Brown’s personal grief has steeled him to lead violent city’s police department

 Indiana governor Mike Pence: the cool-headed political insider and  committed conservative was selected by Donald Trump to be his running mate on Friday. Photograph:   Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Clinton slates choice of Indiana conservative as ‘most extreme VP pick in a generation’

A 28-page excerpt from a 2002 congressional inquiry into  the September 11th, 2001, attacks has been released by the Obama administration following calls to do so by victims’ families. Photograph: David Surowiecki/Getty Images

Excerpt details possible connections between Saudi government and al-Qaeda terror plot

Indiana governor Mike Pence has been selected by Donald Trump to be his running mate. Mr Pence hails from an Irish Catholic family with grandparents from Sligo and Clare. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

New York billionaire confirms Indiana governor as vice-presidential candidate on Twitter

Indiana governor Mike Pence speaks during a campaign event for Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, on Tuesday. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Republican candidate’s camp cautions against declaring winner in ‘Veepstakes’

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego,” she said when asked for her view on    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump  in an interview on CNN. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Ruth Bader Ginsburg criticised by New York Times and Washington Post over remarks

A screengrab from one of the ads created by  lobby group  The RATE Coalition who are calling for the US Congress to reduce its corporate tax rate.

‘On behalf of the people of Ireland, I’d like to thank congress for failing to reform your tax code’

Governor Mike Pence of Indiana: his grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley, emigrated to the US from Tubercurry, Co Sligo. Photograph: the New York Times

Indiana Republican governor’s grandparents emigrated from Clare and Sligo

Indiana governor Mike Pence, raised in an Irish American Catholic family, might shore up concerns about Mr Trump, the thrice-married former Democrat, among social conservatives. Photograph: John Sommers/Reuters

Flurry of meetings as Republican White House hopeful poised to name running mate

President Barack Obama honours slain officers at a service in Dallas.Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

President urges Americans to reject despair about racial unrest in wake of police killings

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders stand together during a campaign rally where Sanders endorsed Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Tuesday. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Former Democratic primary rivals appear in joint campaign event in New Hampshire

Dallas shooter Micah Johnson: his mother said he  resented the US government after his six years in the military and  seven-month tour of duty in  the Afghanistan war. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Six years in military turned Micah Johnson into ‘hermit’ and left him ‘very disappointed’

Dallas police chief David Brown: “We’re convinced that this suspect had other plans.”  Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

More than 250 arrested in nationwide protests over fatal police shootings of black men

US president Barack Obama in Warsaw: “There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement.” Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Politicians condemn attack as Clinton and Trump put White House campaigns on hold

Tia Williams and her daughter Aissa protest on the street outside the Minnesota governor’s official residence in St Paul, Minnesota, as people gathered to demonstrate against the shooting of Philando Castile by police. Photograph: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune/AP

Tensions around guns, policing and race boil over in attack on law enforcement officers

Dallas police chief David Brown during a vigil at Thanksgiving Square in Dallas, Texas, following a sniper attack during a peaceful protest on Thursday which left five police officers dead. Photograph: Laura Buckman/AFP/Getty Images

Explosive materials, bullet-proof vests and rifles found in home of attacker

 Donald Trump at a campaign rally: during his speech to supporters in Raleigh, North Carolina, he praised Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for his skill in killing terrorists. Photograph: John Sommers II/Getty Images

Tycoon fails to score points on rival with Saddam Hussein gaffe and party clashes

Bishop Kevin Farrel: “When you listen to the rhetoric that we are dished every night on television from our so-called leaders and politicians, what do you expect to happen? This tension in the country is at an all-time high.”

Texas ‘in a state of shock’ over sniper attack seen as product of angry political discourse

 Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings (right) conducts a press conference at Dallas City Hall as Dallas Police Chief David Brown looks on following the fatal shootings of five police officers on July 8th, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Photograph: Stewart FHouse/Getty Images

Suspect lived with mother in Dallas suburb and is described by neighbours as a recluse

A man holds a sign of support during a prayer vigil in a park following the  shooting dead of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, US, July 8th, 2016. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Police kill gunman identified as Micah Xavier Johnson with bomb-carrying robot

Diamond Reynolds at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Minnesota: Her boyfriend Philando Castile (32) was shot dead in front of her after he was stopped by a police officer for having a broken light on the back of his car. Photgraph: Eric Miller/Reuters

Killings caught on video in Minnesota and Louisiana spark claims of police brutality

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at a joint campaign event in North Carolina, where the president gave his official endorsement. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP Photo

Republicans turn up heat on Democrat over ‘careless’ handling of classified information

Former British prime minister Tony Blair.  Former US president George Bush’s spokesman  said  “there was no stronger ally than the United Kingdom under the leadership of prime minister Tony Blair”

Former US president acknowledges mistakes but says ‘world is better off’ without Hussein

Northern Ireland’s Minister of Finance Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir among shareholders in business that purchased New York-based website

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks off of Air Force One with US president Barack Obama in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

US president ‘ready to pass the baton’ to one-time rival at North Carolina rally

Hillary Clinton and US president Barack Obama at a joint campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US bureau said it will not prosecute Democratic presidential candidate over emails

US president Barack Obama (R) and Democratic  presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrive prior to a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Agency criticises Democratic candidate’s ‘extremely careless’ handling of highly classified information

Donald Trump: Pacific trade deal being “pushed by special interests who want to rape our country”. Photograph: Hilary Swift/The New York Times

Globalisation has left millions of our workers with ‘nothing but heartache’ - billionaire

US attorney general Loretta Lynch:“I certainly wouldn’t do it again because it has cast this shadow over what it should not, over what it will not touch.” Photograph: Nancy Wiechec/Reuters

US attorney general criticised for ‘social’ encounter while investigating Hillary Clinton

Friends of Sinn Féin: Who constributed how much to the party. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

US public filing reveals take from party’s annual fundraising dinner in New York

US president Barack Obama  and British prime minister David Cameron:    The “special relationship” may still, publicly at least, be special but the UK’s  decision to opt out of a 28-country bloc will make it  the weaker relation in the transatlantic alliance.  Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

As Britain becomes more insular, its role in transatlantic accords will decline

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: “Can you imagine them sitting around the table or wherever they’re eating their dinner, talking about the Americans don’t do waterboarding and yet we chop off heads?” Photograph: Keith Srakocic/AP

Polls show Clinton beating Trump on ability to handle terrorism but a tighter race overall

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton prepares to testify before the House select committee on Benghazi in Washington last October. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Republicans fault slow military response to 2012 fatal attack on US outpost in Libya

Barack Obama supported British prime minister David Cameron on a visit to London in April by encouraging the UK to remain in the EU. Photograph: Andy Rain/Reuters

‘I would not overstate it: there’s been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit as if Nato is gone’

Pro-choice supporters celebrate outside the US supreme court after it struck down the requirement of doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, among other restrictions. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Court’s 5-3 ruling will block other states from introducing similar restrictions on abortion

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has accused the bank and the official overseeing his US bankruptcy of a “tirade of vilification” of him.

Dubliner tells US court in filing public pursuit is ‘at massive cost to Irish taxpayers’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a news conference at Turnberry golf course in Scotland on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

US and UK campaigns tapped voter angst over economy, immigration and borders

US president Barack Obama arriving in California for an entrepreneurship summit. In a statement he said the UK and the EU would remain “indispensable partners” of the US. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president calls UK membership of Nato a ‘vital cornerstone’ of US foreign security

President Barack Obama making a statement at the White House briefing room in Washington, on June 23rd, 2016. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president receiving updates on fallout from referendum

A tweeted picture shows Democratic members of the House of Representatives staging a sit-in “to demand action on common sense gun legislation”. Photograph: Katherine Clark/Reuters

House of Representatives descends into chaos amid fury over inaction on shootings

President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room   on the Supreme Court decision on immigration. Phtograph: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Charlie Flanagan disappointed at failure of move which may have helped Irish undocumented

Video grab shows a sit-in at the US House of Representatives on June 22nd, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Chaos in the US House of Representatives as Republicans attempt to take back control

Donald Trump: “Hillary Clinton has perfected the politics of personal profit”, he said in a scripted speech in New York. Photograph: John Gurzinski/AFP/Getty Images

Financial position of Whitehouse hopeful Clinton far stronger having raised $240m

Democratic members of the US House of Representatives, including John Lewis and Donna Edwards, stage a sit-in on the House floor to “demand action on common sense gun legislation”. Photograph:  Donna Edwards

Move by 60 Democrats an attempt to force vote on gun control after Orlando massacre

US senator Marco Rubio of Florida: “I’ve changed my mind”

Florida senator reverses course to seek second term after failed presidential bid

The students who were killed when the balcony collapsed at the Library Gardens Apartments, in Berkeley, California (Top LtoR) Ashley Donohoe, Eoghan Culligan, Olivia Burke, (Bottom LtoR) Nick Schuster, Eimear Walsh, and Lorcan Miller.

California legislators asked to pass building defect disclosure law in emotional testimony

US Vice President Joe Biden will arrive ar Dublin Airport this evening on Air Force Two. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US Vice President to visit Dublin, Mayo and Louth before playing golf with Taoiseach

property developer Seán Dunne: Mr Dunne’s trustee Richard Coan sought the court’s approval for compensation and fees covering 372.5 hours of work carried out by his firm, Coan Lewendon. Photograph:  Steve Miller

Request for payment of legal fees covers 372.5 hours of work by firm since July last year

US vice-president Joe Biden flanks  President Barack Obama. Photograph: Reuters

VP calls Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric ‘hateful’ on eve of visit to Ireland

 Bernie Sanders: Vermont senator ran an astonishing campaign, brilliant in fact, in the Democratic presidential primary. Photograph:   Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Vermont senator has led a revolution and will not lose face by admitting defeat

Mass murderer: Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people at Pulse, the LGBT nightclub. Photograph:

Florida gunman had a complicated identity and did not fit the typical risk profile

Democratic senator Chris Murphy  speaks to reporters after waging an almost 15-hour filibuster on the US Senate floor in order to force a vote on gun control. Photograph:  Pete Marovich/Getty Images

Democratic filibuster brings compromise from Republicans as Trump weighs in

US president Barack Obama shakes hands with senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) after they arrived at the Orlando International Airport to visit with family and community members after the attack at the Pulse gay nightclub. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

President visits Orlando to help console families of victims of gay nightclub shootings

A makeshift memorial set up for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting near where the attack  occurred on Sunday morning. A total of 49 people were killed in the attack. Photograph: Hilary Swift/The New York Times

Reports that Noor Salman tried to talk her husband out of the gay nightclub massacre

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Shannon Airport on a previous visit to Ireland.

Earlier reports indicated billionaire’s visit to Doonbeg golf resort had been cancelled

The meeting marks the start of discussions between the candidates on how they might unify the party and to campaign against the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump up to the November election. Photograph: NYT/AP/Bloomberg

Private meeting held in Washington as Clinton wins final Democratic primary ballot

A sign  in front of a house across the street from Omar Mateen’s home in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, US. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Mateen’s visits coincided with Gay Days which bring LGBT tourists to resort

Workers look at the broken joists of a fourth-storey balcony that collapsed and killed six Irish students  in downtown Berkeley, California, the US, in June 2015. File photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Companies facing claims for damages ask for images taken before the incident

Young mourners, many J1 students, attend a candlelight vigil in Berkeley the night after the Irish students were killed when a balcony in an apartment collapsed during a party. Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/AP Photo

A year after the tragedy in which six died, the ‘meitheal’ of the Irish community is recalled

A man prays at a makeshift memorial for the Pulse nightclub victims outside the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida.  Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

Doctors expect death toll to rise as fresh details emerge about gunman Omar Mateen

A vigil was held in downtown Orlando for victims of a mass shooting in a gay nightclub on Sunday in which 49 people died. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

White House announces trip as thousands gather in Florida for candlelight vigil

A man lights a candle for the victims of the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando outside the US embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: EPA/DIego Azubel

Locals grapple with raw emotions as names of massacre victims are slowly released

Muhammad Musri, iman of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, with law enforcement and local community leaders at a press conference in Orlando. Photograph: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

Gunman in deadliest US mass shooting worshipped at mosque near his home

Donald Trump: “We have an incompetent administration, and if I am not elected president that will not change over the next four years – but it must change and it must change now”

Republican candidate claims US president has put ‘political correctness’ over security

Omar Mateen: Spoke to police by telephone and said that he was carrying out the attack for the leader of Islamic State. Photograph: Reuters

FBI defends investigations into gunman’s alleged terror links in 2013 and 2014

Hundreds of New Orleanians make a human chain along the Moon Walk by the Mississippi River during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Photograph: Michael DeMocker/ The Times-Picayune via AP

Gunman Omar Mateen (29) pledges allegiance to Islamic State in 911 call, says FBI

Dontae Martinez: the 22-year-old law student was a witness to the shooting in Pulse nightclub in Orlando

Pulse nightclub saw biggest mass shooting in US history

Omar Seddique Mateen used an assault rifle,  an AR-17 semi-automatic that has become a signature of US mass shootings,  and a handgun. Photograph: Reuters

Attack that left at least 50 dead in night venue ‘most deadly shooting in US history’

A photograph believed to be of the Orlando gunman Omar Mateen (L) and Us president Barack Obama giving a statement on Sunday after the mass shooting in Orlando.

Gunman Omar Seddique Mateen pledged allegiance to Islamic State before attack

The  funeral procession motorcade of Muhammad Ali on Grand Avenue in front of Ali’s childhood home in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Ty Wright/Getty Images

Barack Obama among those to pay tribute to boxer at memorial service in Louisville

Mexico’s ambassador to Ireland, Carlos García De Alba, who is soon to become  consul general in Los Angeles. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

US Letter: Carlos García De Alba calls mogul’s rhetoric unfair but says diplomats must not interfere

Worshipers and well-wishers look on as the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali is brought for his jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Life of boxing legend, remembered in Louisville, a chance to ‘reset what Islam means’

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: The endorsement came with the announcement that Barack Obama would campaign for his former secretary of state. Photograph: Reuters

US president says he cannot wait to campaign for Democrat colleague in election

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