Former CIA director John Brennan testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on the investigation about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign on Capitol Hill.

John Brennan claims Russian ‘interactions’ but stops short of alleging US ‘collusion’

 US President Donald  Trump,  King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi  opening the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph:  EPA/Saudi Press Agency

United States’ role is not to ‘lecture’ or ‘tell other people how to live’, says US president

US president Donald Trump at the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

He received a warm welcome in Saudi Arabia but a trickier assignment to Israel beckons

US President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president addresses Islamic leaders on the second day of his Saudi Arabia visit

Roger Ailes, the cofounder of Fox News. Photograph: Angel Franco/The New York Times

America Letter: Scandals and the ignoring of certain Trump stories have had an impact

US president Donald Trump meets with Russian officials at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Russian Foreign Ministry via The New York Times

Senior White House advisor is significant person of interest in Russia inquiry, story says

 US president Donald Trump strongly defended his decision to fire FBI director James Comey, saying “Director Comey was very unpopular with most people”.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

US president denies he asked former FBI director to drop Flynn investigation

A plaque commemorating Irishman Thomas Francis Meagher will be the first plaque added to the Washington Monument’s interior since 1982. Photograph: iStock

Irish republican who played prominent role in American Civil War to be honoured

Former FBI director Robert Mueller has been appointed to lead the FBI’s investigation into alleged contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign before the US election. Photograph: Reuters

Analysis: Democrats satisfied after independent counsel assigned to FBI Russia investigation

House speaker Paul Ryan: “It is obvious that there are some people out there who want to harm the president.”  Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

Warnings against ‘rushing to judgment’ amid claims over interference in FBI inquiry

US president Donald Trump:  Air Force One will take him and key staff on a nine-day foreign trip from Friday.  Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

As US controversies simmer, Trump takes his unpredictability abroad to world leaders

During a speech in Connecticut, US president Donald Trump said: ‘You can’t let the critics and the naysers get in the way of your dreams.’  Photograph: R/Kevin Lamarque

US president claims ‘no politician in history’ has been treated more unfairly

US president Donald Trump said ‘no politician in history . . . has been treated worse or more unfairly’. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Paul Ryan backs president as Putin offers to hand over transcript of Lavrov meeting

Donald Trump’s presidency is becoming increasingly erratic. Photograph: AFP

Analysis: Revelations over last 24 hours may bring 45th US presidency into new territory

A file  photograph made available by the Russian foreign ministry shows US president Donald Trump  speaking with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and Russian ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak during their meeting in the White House in Washington. Photograph: EPA/Russian foreign ministry

Donald Trump’s political fate rests ultimately with the Republican Party

US president Donald Trump: White House  hit back at  reports he put inappropriate pressure on former FBI director James Comey to end an investigation into Michael Flynn. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/Pool via Bloomberg

Latest reports add pressure on White House struggling to quell Russia leak scandal

US president Donald Trump (centre) speaking with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak in the White House last week. Photograph: EPA/Russian Foreign Ministry

US president defends decision to disclose classified information to Russian officials

 US president Donald Trump welcomes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey outside the West Wing of the White House on Tuesday. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Analysis: Reports of president sharing intelligence could not have come at worse time

Students at  Penn State. The university has  banned the Beta Theta Pi fraternity chapter following the death of Timothy Piazza. Photograph: John Greim/Getty Images

America Letter: Penn State students charged in Timothy Piazza case

Former FBI director James Comey testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee  in Washington last week. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

US president’s account of sudden removal of FBI chief contradicts official rationale

President Donald Trump talks about his firing of FBI director James Comey to reporters while meeting with former secretary of state Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office. Photograph: Doug Mills

Democrats unanimous in call for special prosecutor to look at Russian interference

The White House  has argued the sacking of FBI director James Comey is linked to his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email controversy. File photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

White House rejects suggestions decision to dismiss FBI chief linked to Russian inquiry

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, US president Donald Trump and Russian ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak meet in Washington. Photograph: Alexander Shcherbak\TASS via Getty Images

James Comey had sought extra resources for Russia inquiry days before he was fired

The timing of the decision to fire FBI director James Comey has raised alarm bells. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/File Photo

What was the the real reason for the FBI director’s sacking?

 The White House said US president Donald Trump dismissed FBI director James Comey on  “clear recommendations” from attorney general Jeff Session and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. Photograph: Reuters

US president accused of ‘Nixonian’ coverup over dismissal of FBI director

US marines in the Afghan province of Helmand. The Trump administration is reported to be considering a troop surge in the country. File photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty

Trump signs off on plan as administration considers troop surge in Afghanistan

James Comey has been removed as FBI director. File photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Bureau chief sacked days after testifying on Capitol Hill over Russian election-meddling

Former acting US attorney general Sally Yates and former director of national intelligence James Clapper  before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing.  Photograph:  EPA

Former AG Sally Yates says she advised that Russia could blackmail Michael Flynn

“I raised the issue of human rights with the Saudi Arabian authorities.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach moves to clarify previous statement about raising issue of women’s rights

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as  Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to the press  in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Photograph: Reuters/Christinne Muschi

America Letter: No surprise that trade dominated talks between Kenny and Trudeau

Saudi women walk past a jewelry shop at Tiba market in Riyadh, on October 3, 2016. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Contradiction emerged between his statement in Canada Thursday and the Dáil in 2014

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the press as Taoiseach Enda Kenny looks on during a new conference in Montreal, Quebec. Photograph: Reuters/Christinne Muschi

Taoiseach speaks of need for strong EU at meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

FBI director James Comey testifies before a US Senate judiciary committee hearing in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Classified Clinton emails had been forwarded to Weiner, Senate committee hears

US President Donald Trump: his  recent overtures to authoritarian leaders has prompted criticism from many in the Republican Party. Photograph:  Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Hillary Clinton blames FBI intervention on her defeat in US presidential election

The inaugural Irish Heritage evening takes place at Nationals Park on Tuesday. Photograph: Carol M Highsmith/Wikimedia Commons

Ambassador to take centre stage as capital’s baseball team celebrate Irish heritage

Donald Trump: his comments came days after he alarmed some international allies by inviting Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

US president says he would meet North Korean leader ‘under the right circumstances’

US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin: with chief economic adviser Gary Cohn,  he presented a one-page outline of Donald Trump’s tax reform package at the White House. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Simple maths and likely political opposition are likely to impede the US’s tax cut pledges

Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio, in the final days of the US presidential election in November. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

America Letter: Clinton was ultimately a victim of something outside her control

US president Donald Trump holds up a signed executive order in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Friday, directing the interior department to begin a review of restrictive drilling policies for the outer-continental shelf. Photograph: Pablo Martinez/AP

US president has failed to deliver on campaign pledges but has already left his mark

US president Donald Trump pumps his fist as he walks off Air Force One in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday. Trump  admitted that he had expected the job of US president to be easier. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Diplomatic engagement proving difficult, says US president ahead of 100-day milestone

US president Donald Trump with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Trump said he had agreed to pleas  to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

President reconsidering key policy pledge to end trade pact with Canada and Mexico

US president Donald Trump  is facing sceptics within his own party who are alarmed that the tax proposals will cause US deficit to balloon. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Package still needing approval by Congress could end Ireland’s business tax advantage

Nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan approaches the southeastern port city of Busan on Tuesday.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

President Trump to brief US senate on North Korea at a meeting in the White House

US president Donald Trump: likely to face resistance in Congress where Republicans are wary of any measure that might increase the deficit. Photograph: AP

Plan could slow the flow of investment from the US to countries such as Ireland

Mr Trump is also seeking approval for funding for his controversial wall between the United States and Mexico, which the Department of Homeland Security estimates could ultimately cost more than $21 billion. (Photograph: AFP/Getty Images)

The move would mean a tax rate cut of more than 50 per cent

Former US President Barack Obama  at the University of Chicago on Monday night. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

In first public appearance since leaving office ex-president does not directly mention Trump

US president Donald  Trump with US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley  and assistant to the president for national security affairs Lieut Gen HR McMaster during a  lunch at the White House with ambassadors from the UN. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/PA

US government facing shutdown as funding for federal agencies due to run out on Friday

US president Donald Trump: approval rating is at a record low for any president at this point in his presidency, according to a new poll. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Officials play down chances of major tax overhaul as 100-day mark looms

 Democratic US House of Representatives candidate Jon Ossoff  is one of 18 candidates who ran in the non-partisan special election to fill Georgia’s 6th congressional district seat. Photograph: EPA

America Letter: Special election to fill conresssional district seat in Georgia had been regarded as a shoo-in for the Republica(...)

 Donald Trump speaks at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on October 21st, 2016 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, during  his presidential campaign. Photograph: Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Support for Donald Trump remains strong in the ‘rust belt’ as he nears his 100th day

Michael Noonan: “What we have done is position ourselves to be the regional centre for Europe”

Noonan plays down concerns at any changes in US tax and trade policy under Trump

 Ledell Lee  (51) was executed by lethal injection for the  murder of a 26-year-old woman, Debra Reese, in 1993. Photograph: AP

Ledell Lee, who maintained his innocence until his death, was executed by lethal injection

Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, speaks during a TV interview in the US this week. Photograph: Bloomberg

Minister to meet Wilbur Ross, US commerce secretary to discuss policy issues

US president Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Rex Tillerson accuses Tehran of ‘intensifying conflicts’ as nuclear deal may be revoked

At a ceremony in the White House on Thursday, US president Donald Trump signed an executive order directing a review  of steel imports. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Review could lead to protectionist tariffs and escalate trade tensions with China

Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy: there is no indication that London is emerging as a possible rival to Ireland for US technology companies.

Ireland to be main regulator for most of the US tech companies operating in Europe

The USS Carl Vinson, accompanied by, from left, the USS Michael Murphy and Lake Champlain,  in the Indian Ocean on April 14th. Photograph: US department of defence via the New York Times

Administration denies misleading media over fleet that was travelling in opposite direction

Democratic US House of Representatives candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to supporters during a special election night party in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: EPA

Failure to secure ‘safe’ seat fuels GOP fears about impact of Donald Trump’s low ratings

A woman hands out a small card with Bill O’Reilly’s face in front of Fox News Channels’ studios during a protest calling on the network to fire O’Reilly. Photograph: EPA

Murdoch-owned channel bows to advertiser and viewer pressure and dismisses veteran host

Death-penalty protest: demonstrators in Arkansas this week. Photograph: Tamir Kalifa/New York Times

Don Davis stay delays plan to kill prisoners before stock of lethal drug expires

 Donald Trump: The US president and his administration have made a dizzying shift in foreign policy. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The bombing of Syria and Afghanistan has left many people nervous

The eight men scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Arkansas, beginning on April 17th. The Arkansas Supreme Court has now halted the execution of Bruce Earl Ward (top right). Photograph: Arkansas Department of Corrections/via Reuters

America Letter: Make-up of supreme court will be critical in future of capital punishment

A GBU-43  MOAB: The  weapon fired   on Thursday targeted a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in the mountainous eastern province of Nangarhar near the border with Pakistan. Photograph: EPA/Department of Defense

Strike comes as US president Donald Trump sends delegation to Kabul

Undated file image courtesy the US Air Force shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb. Photograph: US Air Force handout/AFP/Getty Images

Deployment of GBU-43 is first combat use of US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb

President Donald Trump and Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a joint news conference in the White House in Washington. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Moscow rejects calls by United States to withdraw support for Syrian president

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson following their meeting in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Moscow calls for investigation into Syrian gas attack which UN believes president ordered

Russian president Vladimir Putin: described the chemical attack in Syria as a “provocation” by opponents of the Damascus government. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

Tillerson in Moscow amid escalating tensions between old adversaries

White House press secretary Sean Spicer  has attracted strong criticism after comparing Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and Adolf Hitler. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

White House spokesman had claimed German leader did not use gas on his own people

US ambassador to the UN and UN Security Council president Nikki Haley at a United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria in New York last week. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

US ambassador is in the spotlight but she has not always seen eye to eye with her boss

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel (left) and US secretary of state Rex Tillerson, in Lucca, Italy, on Monday. Photograph:  Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of state says US will hold to account those who commit crimes against humanity

The Singapore-based USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and several smaller vessels sail towards the Korean Peninsula, amid concerns that Pyongyang could be preparing to launch a sixth nuclear test. Photograph: EPA

Rex Tillerson issues warning as US warships move towards North Korean waters

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley sought to link the military strikes to the chemical attack and insist that there had been no change in US policy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

US ambassador to the UN stresses main priority is tackling Islamic State in region

President Donald Trump with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Airfield bombing draws widespread support from Republicans, Democrats and liberal media

A man watches US president Donald Trump announcing US strikes in Syria, on a television screen in Moscow, Russia.  Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Trump will learn there are no easy answers to the Syrian conflict

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, where she defended t Donald Trump’s decision to launch missile strikes against Syrian targets. Photograph: Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Russia denounces US military air strikes and pledges to bolster Syrian army defences

US president Donald Trump:  In the hours preceding the missile strike on the Shayrat airfield in western Syria, the Trump administration delivered its strongest criticism yet of Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Republicans and Democrats back decision but want details on long-term plan for Syria

Judge Neil Gorsuch during his confirmation hearing on March 22nd. He was confirmed on Friday by 54 votes to 45, after three Democrats voted in favour of the Republican president’s nominee. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

Appointment after fractious partisan battle restores 5-4 conservative majority to court

A handout photo from the US Department of Defense from April 7th, 2017 shows an aerial view of the al-Shayrat Airfield near Homs, Syria, which was attacked in a US missile strike on Friday morning.

Analysis: Last week Trump appeared to accept ‘political reality’ of Bashar al-Assad in power

Image released by the US navy on, April 7th, 2017. Photograph: Ford Williams/AFP/ US navy

Trump ups stakes as US tomahawk cruise missiles destroy at least 14 Syrian aircraft

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson with Chinese president Xi Jinping after he arrived at Palm Beach International Airport today. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

US secretary of state: Washington mulling ‘appropriate response’ after chemical attack

Members of Democracy Spring demonstrating against the supreme court nomination of Neil Gorsuch being taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. Photograph:  Eric Thayer/Reuters

Trump’s supreme court pick set to be confirmed after Democratic filibuster overturned

US president Donald Trump is due to meet China’s leader Xi Jinping. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Tensions rise as South Korea test-launches ballistic missile capable of reaching North

A woman holds a Chinese newspaper with a picture of US president Donald Trump at a news stand in Shanghai. Photograph: Getty

China, the EU and the Middle East all on president’s radar

US president Donald Trump with Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at  a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House, where Kenny stressed the two-way nature of Irish-US trade. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Pharmaceutical sector vulnerable if US president gets tough on trade

US president Donald Trump speaking at a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

President says his attitude to Syrian leader has changed following chemical attack

 Bill O’Reilly at his studio at Fox News in New York in  December 2012. Photograph: Robert Wright/New York Times

Fox News presenter faces calls to resign as advertisers withdraw support for his show

 Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner during last month’s visit of German chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House. The couple are believed to be a calming presence on the president. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Donald Trump’s son-in-law has been the key figure in relationships with China and Israel

As Senator Al Franken looks on, Senator Chris Coons speaks during a meeting of the US Senate judiciary committee  to discuss  the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court. Photograph: Reuters/Aaron P Bernstein

Move to change rules, from 60-40 majority to simple majority, could now be invoked

Michael Flynn: Donald Trump’s former  national security adviser has “a story to tell” amid reports that Flynn is willing to testify about ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Ousted official offers to testify on US election interference in exchange for immunity

 US speaker of the House Paul Ryan: forced into ignominious retreat last week. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

When their big moment came to ditch Obamacare, president and Paul Ryan fumbled

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager: last year’s record EU ruling against Apple’s tax arrangements with Ireland loomed large over her US  visit. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

EU treaties gave commission rules to tackle state aid in all its forms, says commissioner

US president Donald Trump signing two executive orders today - one announcing a study into unfair trade practices, the second ordering the collection of duties from countries selling products into the United States at low prices. Photograph: New York Times

Pharma main driver behind State exporting $36bn more to America than it takes in

US House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan during a press conference on Thursday, in which he said he understood President Donald Trump’s frustration at last week’s failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. Photograph:  Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President vows to fight Republicans who did not back healthcare act as travel ban suffers blow

 House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes:  it recently emerged he had received  information allegedly germane to the inquiry in the grounds of the White House but it is not clear how he obtained clearance to be there. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty

Pressure increases on committee chairman who worked on Trump campaign to quit

US president Donald Trump signs an executive order on “energy independence”, eliminating Barack Obama-era climate change regulations, during an event at  Environmental Protection Agency  headquarters in Washington, US. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president orders EPA to start legal process of revoking Obama’s Clean Power Plan

US president Donald Trump: lost in his own echo-chambers of fallacy. Photograph: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Deep unease among Republicans at wild card tweets and wiretapping allegations

Healthcare activists rally on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Senate Democrats held the rally to highlight changes being sought in Medicaid in the Republican American Health Care Act. Photograph: Alex Wong

Some Republicans oppose Bill on grounds it is a state subsidy with system of tax credits

US president Donald Trump and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: The furore over the speech presents an interesting case study about the clash between traditional and new media. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst

Contrast between Merkel’s body language and Irish bonhomie could not have been starker

White House press secretary Sean Spicer: “The count keeps getting stronger for us,” he told    White House briefing. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Vote in House of Representatives will be major test of congressional support for Trump

Neil Gorsuch testifies during the second day of his Senate hearing. The judge’s nomination to the Supreme Court is expected to be confirmed. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty

Supreme Court nominee grilled by senators about views on abortion, guns and torture

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