Percy Dukelow lived in London for 20 years, working in the building industry. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

When Frank Snellings visited Ireland to search for his birth mother, he discovered a sibling he never knew he had

American aid worker Alan Gross, a former Cuban prisoner released on humanitarian grounds, speaks at a news conference with his wife Judy Gross in Washington DC yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Obama calls time on five-decade policy of isolation and for a new approach to Havana

A  banner reads ‘Viva the revolution for ever’ in Havana, Cuba. The leaders of the US and Cuba have agreed to restore diplomatic relations. Photograph: Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA

Castro praises policy changes as US president plans to end ‘outdated’ 50-year isolation

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush. He  is the first Republican to announce formally that he is exploring a candidacy. Photograph: Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Son and brother of former Bush presidents says he will ‘actively explore’ possible candidacy

 Sony studios in Culver City, California: The studio’s reputation has suffered considerable damage in the wake of leaked emails that have proved extremely damaging. Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg

Emails label Leonardo DiCaprio decision ‘despicable’ and reveal fragile Clooney

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella: the company has argued that access to the certain data requires a petition to an Irish District Court. Photograph: Stephen Brashear/Getty

Apple and Cisco among firms supporting software giant’s attempt to shield Irish data

Demonstrators fill Pennsylvania Avenue as they march towards the US Capitol building during the national Justice For All march against police violence in Washington December 13th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters

Major protests in Washington and New York over police killings of unarmed black men

US house speaker John Boehner (centre) after the passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill in the House of Representatives. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Democrats forced to compromise on budget to avoid shutdown

NBA king LeBron James was criticised by British media when he put his arm around Kate Middleton while wearing a sweaty post-game shirt after the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Brooklyn Nets in New York. Photograph: Neilson Barnard/The New York Times

Breaches of etiquette hit the US in the past week, first with Will and Kate and then president Obama

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