Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday morning while conducting a live interview. Photograph: Reuters

Bryce Williams turned gun on himself after police pursuit following shootings

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s greets the crowd during a rally in Dubuque, Iowa, this week. Photograph: Reuters/Ben Brewer

Republican ejects reporter from press conference after he tries to ask question

Stocks surged late in trading, appearing to respond to the view of William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, that next month may be not be the right time to start increasing rates.

Dow Jones industrial average climbs 619 points

Janet Yellen,  Federal Reserve chair: she is not travelling to Jackson Hole this year but markets will be following closely what vice-chairman Stanley Fischer has to say. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

China’s market meltdown to feature as US central bankers meet at Jackson Hole

Mitchell Reiss: removing the major weapons was “a very important political symbol that the war was over”

Mitchell Reiss said he never expected IRA decommissioning to eliminate every last weapon

Traders outside the New York Stock Exchange. Global markets plunged again on Monday. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Europe slips up to 5% while Dow stages late rally, writes Simon Carswell in Washington

Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is scheduled to open in September 2016. Photograph: Simon Carswell

America Letter: Washington museum will tackle sensitive issues of the past and present

Recovering: Aoife Beary, who is still being treated at Santa Clara Valley Medical Centre, Clodagh Cogley, who is back in Ireland, and Niall Murray and Hannah Waters, who are also both still at the Santa Clara centre

Clodagh Cogley, one of the seven students injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse in June, returned to Ireland on Friday. It’s a (...)

Bono holds up a peace sign at the unveiling of a giant tapestry in honour of John Lennon on Ellis Island. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

U2 singer calls Irish summer visa a ‘beautiful, playful arrangement’ with the US

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen (left) and former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm had give sharply differing accounts of what was discussed at a dinner in 2008.

Former chief executive of bank and ex-taoiseach give contradictory accounts of meeting

From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly.  From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly.

Three former Anglo Irish Bank officials have been found guilty of trying to hide accounts

The Edge, Yoko Ono and Bono stand infront of a tapestry in memory of John Lennon at Ellis Island. Photograph: Edu Bayer

Tapestry unveiled depicting island of Manhattan as yellow submarine piloted by Lennon

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers is meeting senior US government officials in Washington. Photograph: PA

Northern Secretary’s Washington visit overlaps with separate visit by McGuinness

The Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California, before the balcony collapse which killed five Irish J-1 students and one Irish-American student. Photograph: Google Maps

Outside experts being called in by investigators as families prime their legal actions

The Park-Broadway block in Millbrae, south of San Francisco was also built by Segue Construction, and  water damage, dry rot, and extensive mold growth was discovered.

Rotten construction at another block built by same company led to settlement in 2013

Clockwise: Dr James Crew, chairman of the Sanata Clara Valley Medical Centre and Berkeley survivors Niall Murray; Hannah Waters; Aoife Beary; and a recovering  Clodagh Cogley

Families grateful for overwhelming support speak of ups and downs in students’ recovery

The families of four students hurt in the Berkeley balcony collapse who are still being treated in the US have issued a lengthy statement, thanking people for the support and asking for time and space for their recovery. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters.

Thanks offered to emergency workers, fundraisers and others for ‘acts of kindness’

 Olympic medallist  John Treacy carrying the Olympic Torch  in Dublin in 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Athlete says his last time in LA coliseum was very different from Special Olympics opening

 US first lady Michelle Obama declares the Special Olympics open at the Opening Ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, USA, on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Competitors joined by John Treacy in LA stadium where he won 1984 Olympic silver

A picture of Kate Steinle is set up at a Senate hearing last week. The 32-year-old was allegedly shot by an immigrant who had been deported to Mexico five times. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Killing of Kate Steinle prompts debate about San Francisco’s liberal immigration policy

Ahead of the field: Donald Trump in Texas on Thursday. He said he’s confident of winning the Hispanic vote. Photograph: Matthew Busch/Getty

The race for the White House is already in full flight, with 16 Republicans seeking to run. But can any of them win?

Special Olympic competitors at Dublin Airport as they left for the World Summer games in Los Angeles this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Berkeley students send Irish flag to Downey in honour of balcony collapse victims

Germany and Manchester United footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger paid his respects to Irish student Niccolai Schuster who was killed in the Berkeley balcony collapse. Photograph: Martin Lacey/Copyright The Irish Times

Bastian Schweinsteiger posed with a photograph of Dublin student Niccolai Schuster

Berkeley victims from top left: Eimer Walsh; Eoghan Culligan; Lorcán Miller; Nick Schuster; Olivia Burke; and Ashley Donohue.

A&L Goodbody, Arthur Cox and McCann Fitzgerald advising families on legal claims

 German international and former Bayer Munich player Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) and  Nick Schuster, who was killed in the Berkeley balcony collapse.

Minute’s silence to take place before Premier League side plays San Jose Earthquakes

Participants at a vigil for the victims of the Berkeley Tragedy at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California.  Photograph: Martin Lacey.

Second injured student Jack Halpin returns home as victims remembered in California

Donald Trump: asked whether John McCain was owed an apology, Mr Trump told ABC talk show This Week: “No, not at all.” Photograph:  Joshua Lott/New York Times

Republican presidential contender attacked over remarks on senator’s Vietnam capture

US president Barack Obama  at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in  Oklahoma on Thursday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US accounts for 25% of world’s prisoners with about 2.2m behind bars

Fr Brendan McBride celebrates a Month’s Mind Commemoration Mass for the Berkeley Tragedy Victims at St Philip’s Church, San Francisco, California. Photograph: Martin Lacey.

‘They will loom large in all our lives,’ Fr McBride says at US month’s mind mass

A view of the collapsed fourth-floor balcony in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Peter Dasilva/EPA

Students who died to be remembered at month’s mind vigil and mass in San Francisco

A crew works on the remaining wood of an apartment building balcony that collapsed in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

Council votes to introduce more frequent inspections and improved ventilation

Those who led  the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia, US) and Iran in Vienna on Tuesday Foreign ministers from six world powers and Iran finally achieved an agreement to prevent the Islamic republic from developing nuclear weapons. Photograph: Herbert Neubauer/EPA

Republicans criticise deal, saying sanction relief will ‘pave the way for a nuclear Iran’

 President Barack Obama: stressed that there was no alternative to the deal. Photograph: Getty Images

Rebellion required within Obama’s own party to kill off one of their president’s landmark achievements seems unlikely

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, at a press conference in response to the Iran nuclear deal. Photograph; Andrew Harnik/Getty Images

President vows to veto any bid to derail agreement, warns of ‘more war’ without it

Inspectors concluded the wooden beams supporting the Berkeley balcony became “severely dry-rotted”. Photograph: AP

Ashley Donohoe’s family want annual, not five-yearly inspections in wake of calamity

Ashley Donohoe: 22-year-old was one of the six Irish killed in California last month. Her parents wrote to city officials on Friday raising concerns about the recommendation put forward by the inspectors

Inspectors’ recommendations do not go far enough, parents of Ashley Donohoe say

Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker, pictured last January, who has joined a crowded field of Republican prospective candidates in the 2016 US presidential election. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Wisconsin governor pitches his conservative campaign on track record of ‘big, bold reforms’

Matthew VanDyke: busy sending US military veterans to train Iraqis on the other side of the fight

Film-maker-turned-revolutionary sends US veterans to train Christian militias in Iraq

On duty: Lewis Merletti, between Hillary and Bill Clinton, during a ceremony to make the US president an honorary freeman of Dublin in 1995

The former Secret Service head, who put his life on the line for three US presidents, is at the Global Intelligence Forum in Ire(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: “If in the end we are able to reach a deal, it has to be one that can withstand the test of time. It is not a test of a matter of days, or weeks, or months. It is a test for decades. That is our goal here.” Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

John Kerry says progress being made on Iran nuclear deal but warns of issues

Man  holds a confederate battle flag and Bible outside the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, on Thursday, just hours before Gov Nikki Haley signed a Bill to remove the flag from statehouse grounds. Photograph: Jason Miczek/Reuters

Legislation removing emblem of slavery follows passionate debate in state assembly

US State Secretary John Kerry walks at the Palais Coburg Hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Carlos BARRiacarlos Barria/AFP/Getty Images

Protracted Vienna talks to agree elusive nuclear deal with Iran continue

David Donoghue: “It’s to get away from this idea that there is one part of the world, which has somehow got it right, in effect telling the rest of the world what to do.”

Ireland’s UN ambassador helping to broker new global aims among 193 nations

Bill Cosby: the comedian admitted a decade ago that he drugged women for sex using quaaludes. Photograph:  Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Comedian’s persona as model dad, public moralist battered by his own admissions

Kathleen Snavely, the oldest living Irish person who died in New York state on Monday at the age of 113. Her grandniece attributed Ms Snavely’s long life to hard work, love, family and the odd Manhattan cocktail. Photograph: Syracuse University Archives.

Relative of US-based immigrant put long life down to hard work, love and the odd cocktail

Melvin Galle Jr (41) and Keith M Galle (34) have been charged with attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery over the shooting of Brian Hanrahan (30) from Co Tipperary on January 27th.

Two trials for New Orleans brothers charged with attempted murder to start in October

Aoife Beary, who was injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse.

Six Dublin students still being treated in California following fatal balcony collapse

A Chicago police officer wraps up police tape at the  scene where seven-year-old Amari Brown was shot and killed while watching an Independence Day fireworks display. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

Nine killed, including a seven-year-old boy, during July 4th holiday weekend

US secretary of state John Kerry: said the negotiations “could go either way”. Photograph: Reuters/Leonhard Foeger

White House has been trying to win over sceptics at home even before today’s deadline

US president Barack Obama:  crisis has little direct risk to the US. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Obama administration recognises need for Greece to ‘keep the commitments they have made previously’

 Donald Trump  as he announces his candidacy for the US presidency:  his comments about Mexicans   have made him stand out in a crowded field of Republican candidates. Photograph:  Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

Republican 2016 contender has shocked yet polled well over Mexican immigrant claims

Fire crews try to control the blaze at Mt Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Photograph: Clarendon County Fire Department/Reuters

Authorities have to date ruled out links between fires across the southeast

Office of Personnel Management in Washington: data on millions of US government workers has been hacked. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Cyber attack at Office of Personnel Management has exposed up to 18 million workers

A file photograph of  gay activist displaying signs along the St Patrick’s Day parade route in New York in protest at being excluded from the annual event. Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images.

Management structure changed to stop John Dunleavy blocking gay groups participatings

The damaged balcony being removed from the fourth story apartment building balcony in Berkeley, California.  Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

The building company fails to stop district attorney’s testing the balcony evidence

The private dealings involving Hillary Clinton and her  advisers were revealed through emails released in response to  her use of a personal email account to conduct US government business. Photograph: Reuters

New emails show former secretary of state’s backroom dealings on Northern Ireland

US president Barack Obama: keeping in touch with European leaders as US continues to monitor the Greek debt crisis. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty images

US treasury secretary urges eurogroup to find a ‘pragmatic compromise’ for Greece

A man watches a television broadcast of US president Barack Obama speaking, in Havana on Wednesday. Mr Obama said the US would increase contacts with the Cuban people and engage with the Havana government, civil society and ordinary Cubans. Photograph: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters

Hailing ‘historic step’, Obama to send John Kerry to raise US flag in Havana this summer

The US company that built the apartment block where six Irish students were killed in a balcony collapse last month has criticised the City of Berkeley’s initial investigation and warned against further “destructive testing” of the evidence.

City investigation may have irreversibly damaged balcony evidence, firm claims

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie waves to supporters as he announces his run for president. Photograph: Julio Cortez

Brash New Jersey governor promises a straight-talking 2016 campaign

Barack Obama: “so far I think so far the markets have properly factored in the risks involved”. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images.

President doesn’t see ‘major shock’ in crisis but is concerned about effect on Europe

Workmen examine the damage at the scene of the fourth-story apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, California where six people were killed. Photograph: Reuters

Inspection showed the balcony that killed six to be in ‘good’ condition in August 2014

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde speaks to Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos prior to the beginning of a Eurozone finance ministers meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

White House urges Athens to repay IMF loans and all parties to find agreement

FBI agents search for convicted murderer David Sweat near Duane, New York. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

New York state trooper hailed as a hero for capturing convicted murderer after 23 days

 Pooja Mandagere (left) and Natalie Thompson celebrate  outside the US Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling  that the constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.  Photograph: Doug Mills/the New York Times

In historic ruling Supreme Court approves same-sex unions, overruling bans in 14 states

The broken wooden supports exposed after the collapse of a balcony in Berkeley, California, on June 16th.  Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

District attorney given witness accounts from lawyers’ investigation into tragedy

The state flag of Mississippi, which incorporates the   Confederate flag , is displayed with the flags of the other 49 states and territories in the tunnel connecting the senate office building and the US Congress. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Shootings at Charleston church blows up storm about flying the Confederate flag

People listen to Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Walsh as he leads a memorial service for Irish students killed in a balcony collapse in Berkely  at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Photograph: Frank Franklin II/AP

Irish consul tells 1,800 mourners, including 400 J-1 students, of ‘unspeakable grief’

San Francisco law firm Rains Lucia Stern – representing George and Jackie Donohoe, the Irish parents of the late Ashley Donohoe (above) of Rohnert Park, California – presented  findings to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley on Thursday.

Lawyers for Ashley Donohoe’s parents claim student at party said balcony was ‘sloping’

The remaining wood from the Library Gardens apartment building balcony that collapsed  in Berkeley, California, killing six Irish students. Photograph: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Parents of victim Ashley Donohoe raised concerns about impartiality of investigation

Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank: “Every single country we look at, we ask ourselves the question: is this particular choice of investments that we are making - is it going to reduce inequality and lift people out of poverty or is it going to make inequality worse?.” Photograph: Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA

Ahead of Dublin visit, health expert discusses fighting poverty and sharing prosperity

The remains of the wood joists which were supporting the balcony in Berkeley which collapsed. The District Attorney has begun an investigation to see if a crime was committed. Photograph: AFP

Nancy O’Malley to explain which parties she plans to investigate over Berkeley balcony

Five Dublin students and an Irish-American student were killed when the balcony they were standing on collapsed during a birthday party on Tuesday, June 16th. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

J-1 student among seven injured in balcony collapse unable to fly home immediately

Workers prepare to remove a balcony at the Library Gardens Apartments in downtown Berkeley, last week.  Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Alameda County prosecutor’s office to examine whether crime has been committed

The remains of Olivia Burke , who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse, leaving Dublin Airport today  escorted by gardaí. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

More than 30 students living in the Library Gardens also return home for the funerals

Olivia Burke was one of the six victims who died in the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California.

Olivia Burke (21) left San Francisco on flight with more than a dozen family members

A message left near the scene of the  balcony collapse  which killed six Irish students in Berkeley, California: Fr Brendan McBride said he was heartbroken for the suffering of the families of those affected by the tragedy. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/EPA

Ceremony also pays tribute to those who were shot dead at South Carolina church

Relatives of Eoghan Culligan, Lorcán Miller, Niccolai Schuster and Eimear Walsh return to Dublin

 One of the many messages and flowers left near the scene of a fourth-floor balcony collapse on June 16th. Photograph: Peter Dasilva/EPA

The families of four students whose remains are returning to Dublin thank people for their support

Mourners at the funeral of cousins Ashley Donohoe (22) and Olivia Burke (21)  at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cotati, California.

Funeral held in northern California, near home of Ashley

Mourners arrive at a vigil for four Irish students who died when a Berkeley apartment balcony collapsed on Friday, June 19, 2015, in Oakland California. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP

Grieving families, friends and strangers attend Oakland church where four of the six Irish J-1 students lay in repose

Ireland’s Ambassador Anne Anderson to the US said she would have preferred if the New York Times had removed from its website an article on the Berkeley tragedy, which she called ‘insensitive’.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish envoy Anne Anderson complained to newspaper of ‘inaccurate, insensitive’ piece

The bodies of the first four students to be returned to Ireland will be on the Aer Lingus flight from San Francisco leaving at 5.20pm today. Photograph:  Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Bodies of students to arrive home as of Sunday morning

Men place candles at a memorial during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in California. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Obama’s arrival in San Francisco airport lead to change of plans for vigil

Silent tribute: a vigil in Berkeley for the six Irish students who died and others who were injured when a balcony collapsed at a birthday party. Photograph: Josh EdelsonAFP/Getty

In the small hours of Tuesday the phones of hundreds of Irish students in California began to buzz. Most families back home experi(...)

Mr Deenihan was accompanied by the parents of three of the students who died on Tuesday - Marie and Gerry Culligan, parents of Eoghan (21), Jim and Patricia Walsh, parents of Eimear (21), and Kenneth and Sinead Miller, parents of Lorcán (21). Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Emotional scenes as Jimmy Deenihan joins families, friends of victims at memorial

Workers looking at the broken joists of a fourth storey balcony that collapsed and killed six Irish students on Tuesday. One of the first emergency service personnel to arrive at the scene  compared what he saw to the aftermath of a bombing. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Emergency service personnel compares site to a movie or the aftermath of a bombing

A woman views a memorial for the six Irish students who lost their lives after a balcony gave way in Berkeley, California. The balcony builder may face charges   if investigators find shoddy workmanship caused the  collapse.  Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Investigators examine whether shoddy workmanship was behind fatal collapse

Philip Grant, the Consul General of Ireland for the western United States has described the New York Times article about the Berkeley tragedy that offended many Irish as ‘hurtful’.

Philip Grant read article in airport while waiting for families of those killed and injured

 President Michael D Higgins signs a book of condolence  at Dublin’s Mansion House for six students who died at Berkeley. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Medical staff are closely monitoring two Irish women still in a critical condition

Claire Raftery, a former Dubliner now living in San Francisco, stands during a special Mass for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Oakland, California. Photograph: Reuters

Fr Aidan McAleenan visits two of the injured, Conor Flynn and Jack Halpin, in hospital

Young women  hold candles during a vigil at the  Martin Luther King Jr Civic Center Park to mourn the loss of six Irish students who died in an early Tuesday morning in the Berkeley balcony collapse. Photograph: Getty

Irish J-1 students from San Francisco Bay Area light candles beside photos of victims

Mourners place flowers at the scene of the balcony collapse near the University of California Berkeley campus. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

McAleese protests to New York Times over report referring to ‘drunken partying’

From top left to bottom right: Aoife Beary, Niall Murray, Clodagh Cogley, Jack Halpin, Hannah Waters and Seán Fahey.

Two of seven injured in collapse remain in critical condition, according to Consul General

Workers remove part of the fourth floor balcony that fell off at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley. Seven supporting beams gave way. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP

Priest from Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre tells of efforts to comfort students

 One of the many messages left near the scene of a fourth-floor balcony collapse in Berkeley on  June 16th which killed  six Irish students and seriously injured seven others.

Two of injured remain in critical condition,families of the students start to arrive in US

Philip Grant, Consul General of Ireland to the Western United States (L) helps Neil Sands, President of the Irish Network Bay Area, lay an Irish flag atop two wreaths at the scene of a 4th-story apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, California, on Tuesday. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Visibly shaken young Irish people bring mementos to the scene at 2020 Kittredge Street

The scene of a balcony collapse at Library Gardens Apartments in downtown Berkeley, California where at least six Irish students were killed. Photograph: AP

Irish man reports hearing screams as balcony collapsed in Berkeley

 Friends of the victims stand outside as they survey the scene in Berkeley.  Photograph: EPA/Peter Dasilva

Niccolai Schuster, Eoghan Culligan, Eimear Walsh, Olivia Burke, Ashley Donohoe and Lorcán Miller confirmed dead in California

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