Irish ambassador to the US Anne Anderson told an investor conference in Washington that the 12.5 per cent company tax rate will remain as a “sovereign right”.

Ambassador to US tells conference that Ireland will take tax avoidance issue seriously

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, at the Harkin ‘steak fry’ in Indianola, Iowa. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

Former secretary of state’s visit to Iowa intensifies expectation of candidacy

The flag that inspired the US national anthem ‘Star-Spangled Banner’, in the Smithsonian museum in Washington. Years ago parts of the flag were snipped off and handed out as mementos. The Smithsonian has reacquired some of them and added them to its collection. Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

America Letter: slave-owning writer of US national anthem commemorated

John Rusnak in one of his ZIPS Dry Cleaners franchises in Baltimore: I’d love to build a thousand of these stores and make a million dollars. photograph: baltimore sun

Rogue trader John Rusnak looks for redemption in the laundry business

Sean Dunne’s application to end his US bankruptcy case will be heard by a Connecticut judge at trial in December.

Biggest creditors, who are owed bulk of €700m, to object to motion

US football player Ray Rice: video showed him knocking fiancée unconscious with a blow to the head and dragging her out of a lift. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

Investigation to examine league’s handling of evidence in domestic-violence inquiry

US president Barack Obama delivers a televised address from the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Saul Loeb/Pool via The New York Times

Sharp change in tone from US president comes as public increasingly hawkish

US president Barack Obama delivers a live televised address to the nation on his plans for military action against the Islamic State, from the White House. Photograph: Saul Loeb/Pool/Reuters

President warns radical Muslim fighters could pose threat to US if not stopped

The European Central Bank. Photograph: Boris Roessler/EPA In total, 127 banks across Europe are being tested. In Ireland, the costs will be met by AIB, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Permanent TSB, KBC Bank Ireland, ACC, Merrill Lynch International and Depfa.

Almunia says focus in Ireland must turn to building competition in banking

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