Digicel planned its stock market debut at $13 to $16 a share, giving the company with annual revenues of $2.8 billion and debt of $6.5 billion a market value of between $4 billion and $5 billion

Some believe postponement was reasonable given market volatility

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary  Clinton  appears to be behaving like she might have something to lose in her race to win the Democratic nomination. Photograph: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Against falling poll numbers, the Democratic frontrunner has come out swinging at rivals

The Statue of Liberty, New York. File photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach claims number using the US visas could fall by 80% under proposed changes

Hillary Clinton: One of the funnier emails shows her  struggling to place a call to the White House, ranting to an aide about a telephone operator. Photograph: Charlie Mahoney/New York Times.

America Letter: Latest crop of 3,800 emails released under court order

Actress Meryl Streep at the premiére of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at the Savoy cinema in Dublin in September 1998. She played Kate Murphy in the screen adaptation of Friel’s play. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Playwright ‘part of the theatrical life of every theatre house’ in Ireland, Abbey director says

Screen grab of  Chris Harper-Mercer’s MySpace page featuring pro-IRA propaganda.

Chris Harper-Mercer who killed nine believed to be from UK; Obama calls for change to gun laws

Deserted streets and damaged buildings in the central Syrian town of Talbisseh in the Homs province after Russia confirmed that it carried out its first air strike in Syria. Photograph: Mahmoud Taha/AFP/Getty Images

Talks held about ‘deconflicting’ situation following second day of Russian air strikes

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Keene, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, during which he said he would send home the US’s Syrian refugees if he became president. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

Republican presidential frontrunner changes tack, saying migrants could be extremists

A patient is wheeled into the emergency room at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon, following the deadly shooting attack at Umpqua Community College. Photograph: Aaron Yost/AP

Student says 20-year-old attacker asked people their religion before shooting

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan  has said the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals, negotiations for which were co-chaired by Ireland’s permanent representative to the UN, were a “tangible manifestation” of the UN’s capacity to deliver “positive outcomes”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Assertive leadership ‘has never been as critical’, Ministers tells UN General Assembly

US senator Edward Kennedy: He played a key role in Northern Ireland, voicing concerns about the violence from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US senator kept in close contact with Bertie Ahern in run-up to Belfast Agreement

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan (left), on a visit to Washington, has welcomed plans by Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (right) of Wisconsin to table legislation for E3 visas for “a limited period of time for Irish people”. Photograph: Marty Katz

Flanagan welcomes plans of Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner to table Bill for ‘E3’ visas

US president Barack Obama extends his hand to Cuban president Raul Castro at the start of their meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York, September 29th, 2015. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Encounter is first with a Cuban leader on US soil in more than six decades

President Michael D Higgins listens during the  United Nations Sustainable Development Summit  at the UN  headquarters in New York earlier this week. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

President uses New York speech to deliver severe critique of neoliberal capitalism

US president Barack Obama addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday. Photograph: Reuters//Carlo Allegri

Two leaders present starkly different views on the rolling crisis in beleaguered Syria

Pope Francis kisses and blesses Michael Keating (10), who has cerebral palsy, at Philadelphia airport. Photograph:Joseph Gidjunis/World Meeting of Families via AP

The pontiff’s US visit helped repair the scarred public face of the church

Pope Francis waves to the crowd during a parade in Philadelphia on Saturday night. Photograph: Matt Rourke/EPA

In speech at seminary, pontiff vows that ‘all responsible will be held accountable’

 Pope Francis speaks  in Philadelphia on the  last leg of his six-day visit to the US. Photograph: Getty

Pontiff tells crowd in Philadelphia immigrants bring many gifts to their new nation

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Mark Makela/Reuters

Pontiff encourages involvement of laity in institution during Philadelphia visit

A worker prepares to fit a wooden arm onto a Christ statue during preparations of the altar where Pope Francis celebrated  Mass in the Plaza of the Revolution,  Havana, on September 17th. Photogaph: Desmond Boylan/AP

A photographer from Dublin is one of many Irish people to make the Cuba connection

House speaker John Boehner  announces his resignation: he decided to act following the “awesome sight” of the pope’s historic address to congress. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Republican faced pressure from conservatives over healthcare clinics

Pope Francis at the UN: he  blamed the “misuse and destruction of the environment” on “a selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity” Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Pontiff warns general assembly against badly co-ordinated military interventions

Anthony Kearns: ‘I suppose music is the crowd-calmer before the pope. We are the peace-making force. Music tames the savage beast.’ Photograph: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol Concerts

Singer is last person to go on before Mass at end of pope’s five-day visit to the US

A vintage auto picks up passengers from a charter flight at José Martí Airport, in  Havana.  Photograph: Enrique de la Osa/ Reuters

Relations with the United States have thawed, and Cuba’s youth hunger for change. But other Cubans fear that ‘normalising’ of rel(...)

The official overseeing the US bankruptcy of former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm wants to abandon claims that he is owed $3.7 million (€3.3 million) in unpaid salary, bonuses and other benefits by the bank

Ex-Anglo chief said $3.7m was owed to him by bank

Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Bloomberg

Pontiff’s extended speech touched on topics that bitterly divide US legislators

Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress in the House Chamber of the US Capitol on Thursday in Washington, DC.  Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Pontiff urges US politicians to embrace new immigrants and tackle climate change

The arrival ceremony for Pope Francis at the White House, in Washington, US. Photograph: Win McNamee/EPA

Pontiff urges Americans to embrace immigration and condemns clerical abuse ‘crimes’

US president Barack Obama (right) and first lady Michelle Obama wave with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony for the pope at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. The pontiff is on his first visit to the United States. Photograph: Reuters

Speaking in front of White House pontiff says problem cannot be left to next generation

US President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama welcome Pope Francis at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland for the pontiff’s first arrival to the United States on Tuesday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Pontiff played a key role in helping to re-establish ties between Cuba and US

Hannah Waters: injured in a balcony collapse in Berkeley, on June 16th, 2015 that killed six others. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

Hannah Waters flies in on direct overnight Aer Lingus flight from San Francisco

Pope Francis arrives to give a mass in Holguin, Cuba, a cradle of Catholic faith and home of Fidel and Raul Castro. Photograph: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images

Right-wingers are wary of Pope Francis’s views on capitalist excess and care for weak

 Pope Francis arrives to perform Mass  in Revolution Square, Havana. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Francis warmly welcomed as he celebrates Mass in Revolution Square, Havana

Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile after his arrival in Havana. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/EPA

Pontiff desribes improved relations as ‘an example of reconciliation for the whole world’

Cubans attend a Catholic service in Havana. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

Francis’s trip is an important gesture after his central role in historic rapprochement

Republican presidential hopefuls   Rand Paul,  Mike Huckabee,   Marco Rubio,  Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Donald Trump,  Jeb Bush,  Scott Walker and  Carly Fiorina  during the   debate   in California. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Businesswoman showed she belonged on main stage in second Republican debate

US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at a Washington press conference after announcing that interest rates would remain unchanged. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Fed expresses concern about effect of China’s slowing growth on American economy

Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump (left) and Jeb Bush high five during the Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Former HP chief Carly Fiorina shines brightest, dismisses Trump remarks on her looks

Niall Murray (in red shirt) and Dr James Crew (to his left) give a press conference last week,  three months after six students died and seven  more were injured in a balcony collapse in Berkeley,  at a press conference at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California.

Hannah Waters, only balcony survivor still in hospital in California, due back next week

Hillary Clinton dances with DJ Stephen ‘Twitch’ Boss and Ellen Degeneres during a taping of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ in New York. Photograph:  Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Presidential candidates show television does not come easily to them

Former US senator Gary Hart, Secretary of State John Kerry’s personal representative on Northern Ireland.

US senator Gary Hart remains ‘closely engaged’ with parties in the North

People   cross the border between Hungary and Austria on September 10th, 2015, near Nickelsdorf, Austria. The US has made its first specific commitment  towards increasing its acceptance of migrants from Syria.  Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

National security a key concern on admitting Syrians, as Syria rife with anti-US militants

Microsoft is appealing the ruling of a US District Court order forcing the company to comply with a December 2013 search warrant seeking the msn.com emails of a suspected drug trafficker whose nationality has not been identified.

US government seeks access to address in Dublin as part of narcotics investigation

Aoife Beary: returned to Dublin on a flight from San Francisco

Aoife Beary had been treated in California hospital after tragedy that killed six

David Jordan, a member of Chirst Fellowship in North Carolina, preaches in support of the prayer rally at the Carter County Detention Center for Rowan County clerk Kim Davis. Photograph: Reuters

US judge warns woman not to interfere in issuing marriage licences to gay couples

Gloria Darden, Freddie’s Gray mother. Photograph: Jose Luis Magana/Reuters

Mayor says wrongful death settlement is not an admission of liability by the city’s police

US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president signs latest measure to help workers as nation celebrates Labour Day

Fr Brendan McBride at the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center (IIPC), in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Martin Lacey

Priest played crucial role in aftermath of Berkeley balcony collapse

Martin Moulton, community activist and resident of the Shaw neighbourhood in Washington DC, outside the historic Howard Theatre.

Murder of innocent bystander in DC part of surge in homicides across US cities

Supporters and protesters  outside the White House in Washington during the visit of Salman bin Abd al Aziz. Photograph: EPA/Michael Reynolds

Obama uses visit to reassure key Gulf ally of support as Saudis fear a rising Tehran

US vice-president Joe Biden: “Can I do it, can my family? There is no way to put a timetable on that.” Photograph: Getty Images

US vice president’s decision rests on whether family has ‘emotional energy’ for campaign

JP McManus: claims money from his winnings “erroneously withheld”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Businessman says tax was wrongly withheld from $17m in US gambling winnings in 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s latest broadside targeted Jeb Bush, whom he chastised for speaking Spanish on the campaign trail. Photograph: Reuters

Businessman promises not to run as independent if bid to secure nomination fails

Secretary of state John Kerry: Voting against Iran nuclear deal would be a “self-destructive blow to our nation’s leadership”. Photograph: Getty Images

President wins over a 34th Democratic senator to protect deal from Republican attack

Aisling Brady McCarthy:   said she had received frequent visits while in prison from other parents whose children she had cared for in the US. Photograph: Keith Bedford/ Boston Globe via AP

Aisling Brady McCarthy describes treatment by local US prosecutors as ‘scandalous’

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton: criticised for sending “classified” information on a private server. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Senior US aide called unionist leader ‘Empey Dumpty’ in email over 2010 political row

Aisling Brady McCarthy  (37), was on Tuesday detained by US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officers in Boston for a long-standing violation of a tourist visa from Ireland issued in 2002 after overstaying the period of the visa, a spokesman for the agency told The Irish Times. File photograph: Middlesex District Attorney/PA Wire

Irish nanny held for 2002 visa violation but return to Ireland is expected in near future

Aisling Brady McCarthy: she has spent 27 months in jail and a further three months under house arrest.  Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP

Aisling Brady McCarthy, who always protested her innocence, spent 27 months in jail

US vice-president Joe Biden: still weighing up whether his family can cope with the rigours of a national campaign

Obama’s vice-president considering whether to enter 2016 presidential race

Aisling Brady McCarthy at a hearing in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts last year. Photograph: Elise Amendola/AP Photo

Aisling Brady McCarthy arrested 2½ years ago over death of Rehma Sabir

A memorial to journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward outside the offices of  WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia.  Photograph: Chris Keane

On-air murder of journalists were horrific but not unfamiliar in US cycle of violence

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photograph: Craig Lassig/Reuters

Conservative group claims Hillary Clinton mixed official business with fundraising

Unionist parties are threatening to collapse the powersharing Stormont government over the alleged IRA activity.

Group could assess alleged IRA activity, says former IMC observer Dick Kerr

Jason Corbett, who was found on Sunday, August 2nd, with fatal head injuries at the North Carolina home he shared with his second wife, Molly Martens.

File to be passed to district attorney to decide if criminal charges will be brought

WDBJ weatherman Leo (centre) at the makeshift memorial with members of the crew at the studios in Roanoke, Virginia. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Suspected gunman cites Charleston mass shooting as motive for killing ex-colleagues

US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush:  used the term  ‘anchor babies’ in an interview on the campaign trail last week.  Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Republican contender lashed by rivals for linking Asians to ‘birth tourism’ fraud

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

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