Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: “Can you imagine them sitting around the table or wherever they’re eating their dinner, talking about the Americans don’t do waterboarding and yet we chop off heads?” Photograph: Keith Srakocic/AP

Polls show Clinton beating Trump on ability to handle terrorism but a tighter race overall

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton prepares to testify before the House select committee on Benghazi in Washington last October. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Republicans fault slow military response to 2012 fatal attack on US outpost in Libya

Barack Obama supported British prime minister David Cameron on a visit to London in April by encouraging the UK to remain in the EU. Photograph: Andy Rain/Reuters

‘I would not overstate it: there’s been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit as if Nato is gone’

Pro-choice supporters celebrate outside the US supreme court after it struck down the requirement of doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, among other restrictions. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Court’s 5-3 ruling will block other states from introducing similar restrictions on abortion

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has accused the bank and the official overseeing his US bankruptcy of a “tirade of vilification” of him.

Dubliner tells US court in filing public pursuit is ‘at massive cost to Irish taxpayers’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a news conference at Turnberry golf course in Scotland on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

US and UK campaigns tapped voter angst over economy, immigration and borders

US president Barack Obama arriving in California for an entrepreneurship summit. In a statement he said the UK and the EU would remain “indispensable partners” of the US. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president calls UK membership of Nato a ‘vital cornerstone’ of US foreign security

President Barack Obama making a statement at the White House briefing room in Washington, on June 23rd, 2016. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president receiving updates on fallout from referendum

A tweeted picture shows Democratic members of the House of Representatives staging a sit-in “to demand action on common sense gun legislation”. Photograph: Katherine Clark/Reuters

House of Representatives descends into chaos amid fury over inaction on shootings

President Barack Obama speaks in the White House briefing room   on the Supreme Court decision on immigration. Phtograph: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Charlie Flanagan disappointed at failure of move which may have helped Irish undocumented

Video grab shows a sit-in at the US House of Representatives on June 22nd, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Chaos in the US House of Representatives as Republicans attempt to take back control

Donald Trump: “Hillary Clinton has perfected the politics of personal profit”, he said in a scripted speech in New York. Photograph: John Gurzinski/AFP/Getty Images

Financial position of Whitehouse hopeful Clinton far stronger having raised $240m

Democratic members of the US House of Representatives, including John Lewis and Donna Edwards, stage a sit-in on the House floor to “demand action on common sense gun legislation”. Photograph:  Donna Edwards

Move by 60 Democrats an attempt to force vote on gun control after Orlando massacre

US senator Marco Rubio of Florida: “I’ve changed my mind”

Florida senator reverses course to seek second term after failed presidential bid

The students who were killed when the balcony collapsed at the Library Gardens Apartments, in Berkeley, California (Top LtoR) Ashley Donohoe, Eoghan Culligan, Olivia Burke, (Bottom LtoR) Nick Schuster, Eimear Walsh, and Lorcan Miller.

California legislators asked to pass building defect disclosure law in emotional testimony

US Vice President Joe Biden will arrive ar Dublin Airport this evening on Air Force Two. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US Vice President to visit Dublin, Mayo and Louth before playing golf with Taoiseach

property developer Seán Dunne: Mr Dunne’s trustee Richard Coan sought the court’s approval for compensation and fees covering 372.5 hours of work carried out by his firm, Coan Lewendon. Photograph:  Steve Miller

Request for payment of legal fees covers 372.5 hours of work by firm since July last year

US vice-president Joe Biden flanks  President Barack Obama. Photograph: Reuters

VP calls Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric ‘hateful’ on eve of visit to Ireland

 Bernie Sanders: Vermont senator ran an astonishing campaign, brilliant in fact, in the Democratic presidential primary. Photograph:   Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Vermont senator has led a revolution and will not lose face by admitting defeat

Mass murderer: Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people at Pulse, the LGBT nightclub. Photograph: Myspace.com/AFP

Florida gunman had a complicated identity and did not fit the typical risk profile

Democratic senator Chris Murphy  speaks to reporters after waging an almost 15-hour filibuster on the US Senate floor in order to force a vote on gun control. Photograph:  Pete Marovich/Getty Images

Democratic filibuster brings compromise from Republicans as Trump weighs in

US president Barack Obama shakes hands with senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) after they arrived at the Orlando International Airport to visit with family and community members after the attack at the Pulse gay nightclub. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

President visits Orlando to help console families of victims of gay nightclub shootings

A makeshift memorial set up for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting near where the attack  occurred on Sunday morning. A total of 49 people were killed in the attack. Photograph: Hilary Swift/The New York Times

Reports that Noor Salman tried to talk her husband out of the gay nightclub massacre

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Shannon Airport on a previous visit to Ireland.

Earlier reports indicated billionaire’s visit to Doonbeg golf resort had been cancelled

The meeting marks the start of discussions between the candidates on how they might unify the party and to campaign against the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump up to the November election. Photograph: NYT/AP/Bloomberg

Private meeting held in Washington as Clinton wins final Democratic primary ballot

A sign  in front of a house across the street from Omar Mateen’s home in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, US. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Mateen’s visits coincided with Gay Days which bring LGBT tourists to resort

Workers look at the broken joists of a fourth-storey balcony that collapsed and killed six Irish students  in downtown Berkeley, California, the US, in June 2015. File photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Companies facing claims for damages ask for images taken before the incident

Young mourners, many J1 students, attend a candlelight vigil in Berkeley the night after the Irish students were killed when a balcony in an apartment collapsed during a party. Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/AP Photo

A year after the tragedy in which six died, the ‘meitheal’ of the Irish community is recalled

A man prays at a makeshift memorial for the Pulse nightclub victims outside the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida.  Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

Doctors expect death toll to rise as fresh details emerge about gunman Omar Mateen

A vigil was held in downtown Orlando for victims of a mass shooting in a gay nightclub on Sunday in which 49 people died. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

White House announces trip as thousands gather in Florida for candlelight vigil

A man lights a candle for the victims of the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando outside the US embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: EPA/DIego Azubel

Locals grapple with raw emotions as names of massacre victims are slowly released

Muhammad Musri, iman of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, with law enforcement and local community leaders at a press conference in Orlando. Photograph: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

Gunman in deadliest US mass shooting worshipped at mosque near his home

Donald Trump: “We have an incompetent administration, and if I am not elected president that will not change over the next four years – but it must change and it must change now”

Republican candidate claims US president has put ‘political correctness’ over security

Omar Mateen: Spoke to police by telephone and said that he was carrying out the attack for the leader of Islamic State. Photograph: Reuters

FBI defends investigations into gunman’s alleged terror links in 2013 and 2014

Hundreds of New Orleanians make a human chain along the Moon Walk by the Mississippi River during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Photograph: Michael DeMocker/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP

Gunman Omar Mateen (29) pledges allegiance to Islamic State in 911 call, says FBI

Dontae Martinez: the 22-year-old law student was a witness to the shooting in Pulse nightclub in Orlando

Pulse nightclub saw biggest mass shooting in US history

Omar Seddique Mateen used an assault rifle,  an AR-17 semi-automatic that has become a signature of US mass shootings,  and a handgun. Photograph: Reuters

Attack that left at least 50 dead in night venue ‘most deadly shooting in US history’

A photograph believed to be of the Orlando gunman Omar Mateen (L) and Us president Barack Obama giving a statement on Sunday after the mass shooting in Orlando.

Gunman Omar Seddique Mateen pledged allegiance to Islamic State before attack

The  funeral procession motorcade of Muhammad Ali on Grand Avenue in front of Ali’s childhood home in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Ty Wright/Getty Images

Barack Obama among those to pay tribute to boxer at memorial service in Louisville

Mexico’s ambassador to Ireland, Carlos García De Alba, who is soon to become  consul general in Los Angeles. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

US Letter: Carlos García De Alba calls mogul’s rhetoric unfair but says diplomats must not interfere

Worshipers and well-wishers look on as the body of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali is brought for his jenazah, an Islamic funeral prayer, in Louisville, Kentucky. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Life of boxing legend, remembered in Louisville, a chance to ‘reset what Islam means’

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: The endorsement came with the announcement that Barack Obama would campaign for his former secretary of state. Photograph: Reuters

US president says he cannot wait to campaign for Democrat colleague in election

US senator Bernie Sanders: his refusal to throw in the towel comes despite the democratic socialist losing four of six state contests on Tuesday. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/AFP/Getty

Vermont senator vows to take his fight to Democratic convention despite big losses

Hillary Clinton: the 68-year-old candidate and her supporters seized the historic moment on a emotional night, exactly eight years after she conceded defeat to Barack Obama. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Democrat becomes first woman to lead major political party in US presidential election

Hillary Clinton claims victory in the Democratic presidential primary at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York on Tuesday. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Sanders refuses to concede as Clinton becomes first woman nominee for major party

 Saoirse Ronan at the Bafta British Academy Film Awards in February, 2016. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Tony-nominated Gabriel Byrne attends Irish at Irish Arts Center fundraiser, while Paul Muldoon and Jim Norton call for a separat(...)

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles, California, on June 6th, 2016. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Candidate becomes first woman to lead major party into US presidential election

Newt Gingrich suggested on Sunday that Donald Trump’s line of attack on Gonzalo Curiel was unbefitting a presidential nominee, calling his remarks “inexcusable” and his “worst mistake”

Former House speaker has been tipped as a potential running mate for the businessman

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential hopeful, during a rally at Sacramento City College in Sacramento, California.  Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Bernie Sanders intent on keeping challenge alive to contest party convention

  Buzz Aldrin at the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington: “Ever since those first steps on the moon, I have worked to ensure that those steps were not in vain. I have continued pushing to maintain American leadership in human space flight.” Photograph:  Scott Suchman

US Letter: Mankind’s second moonwalker, now 86, fired up by drive to visit red planet

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California on June 2nd, 2016. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach this week called tycoon’s immigration comments ‘racist and dangerous’

Republican Paul Ryan: agreed to support Donald Trump for US president weeks after saying he was not ready to back him. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Republican speaker denounces billionaire’s attack on judge in Trump University case

JP McManus: the  IRS said his  position “bends the law beyond its breaking point” based on his claim  the €200,000 domicile levy amounts to a tax on his worldwide income. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Racehorse owner not tax resident in Ireland so does not qualify for $5.2m refund, says IRS

American tycoon Donald Trump listens to music from Affinity after disembarking from his personally-customised 757 plane at Shannon Airport during his 2014 trip to Doonbeg.

Presumptive nominee’s trip to Doonbeg coincides with Joe Biden’s visit to Ireland

Patrick and John Collison: “It was our first marketing campaign: trying to convince our parents to get a proper internet connection”

Patrick and John Collison are in running to be named World Entrepreneurs of the Year

Brian Buckmaster (49), a worker at a elderly care home and a Republican voter in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, protesting outside Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Sacramento. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Foreign policy and latest legal action against tycoon become latest battlegrounds

David Drumm leaving the Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Lawyers say former banker ‘strategically omitted information’ from court filings

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in Oakland, California, on Monday. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Poll shows US senator and rival Hillary Clinton in tight race in California primary

Niall O’Dowd: “I am 63-years-old and I very much want to see this site grow and expand after I’m gone. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘Irish Voice’ newspaper and ‘Irish America’ magazine not part of transaction

From left to right: Congressman Brendan Boyle; chief operating officer for the Architect of the Capitol Christine Merdon;  Congressman Mick Mulvaney; House of Representatives chaplain Fr Patrick Conroy and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach at rare tree-planting in Washington as symbol of Ireland’s strong roots in US

Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice: could lend  strong national security bona fides to Donald Trump. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Republicans need measured insider, while Democrats must win back young, white voters

US vice president Joe Biden is set to include a visit to  Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth as part of his trip to Ireland. Photograph:  Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Cycling event planned for Phoenix Park called off as part of security lock-down

US vice-president Joe Biden and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Kennedy centre in Washington, the US. Photograph: Marty Katz

Fine Gael leader claims he enjoys ‘very strong support’ during visit to Washington

Speaking on a visit to Washington, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he believed if the opportunity presented itself, Garda chief Nóirín O’Sullivan would “put into the public domain what she is legally entitled to put into the public domain” concerning her evidence to the O’Higgins commission.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Taoiseach believes Garda chief to reveal ‘what she is legally entitled to’ if opportunity arises

Enda Kenny, on his first overseas trip since being re-elected Taoiseach, said that he was anxious to establish Irish arts and culture “not as an elegant add-on” but to have them represent Ireland as a “still-young Republic”. Photograph: Bloomberg

Kenny confirms Biden’s Irish visit at opening of three-week arts festival in Washington

Republican senator John Cornyn of Texas and Democrat senator Chuck Schumer of New York, who sponsored the legislation. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

White House threatens to veto Bill that would expose Riyadh to lawsuits

Senator Kennedy (pictured) encouraged George Mitchell, then Democratic majority leader in the Senate, to support president Bill Clinton’s granting of a US visa for Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams in 1994, an important catalyst in building support for peace. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former US senator remembered for crucial role in peace process at Washington event

The Abbey’s production of The Plough and the Stars

Ireland 100, a three-week festival in Washington, DC, is all about Irish arts ‘flexing our muscles’, says actor Fiona Shaw

Barack Obama: ‘Climate change is not something subject to political spin.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Climate change experts meet in Germany to work on implementing Paris accord

Republican US presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump, when asked by  Piers Morgan about British prime minister David Cameron’s view of his proposal to bar Muslims from the US as “divisive, stupid and wrong”,  said “it looks like we’re not going to have a very good relationship”. File photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Billionaire dismisses ‘fraud’ article claiming he objectified women over four decades

The failure of the media to see the Trump phenomenon coming has exposed a fish-bowl culture created by the financial decline of the industry. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Billionaire Republican and Democratic president score gains from decline of media

Captain Halli Mulei, a spokeswoman for the Air Line Pilots Association branch at United Airlines, at the protest outside the White House against Norwegian Air International’s plan for a low-cost service between Cork and Boston. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Company plans to use lower-paid pilots to fly from Ireland to the US, say unions

Demonstrators hold signs protesting against Donald Trump, presumptive Republican US presidential nominee, during a meeting he was having with US House Speaker Paul Ryan  at the Republican National Committee  headquarters in Washington DC, on Thursday, May 12th, 2016. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Highest elected Republican fails to endorse Trump as presidential nominee after meeting

Supporters hold signs, hours before Donald Trump’s campaign rally at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, Washington, last weekend: the businessman has a massive negative rating among women. Photograph: David Ryder/The New York Times

It is a risky strategy for the New York billionaire, given his low standing among women

“It is likely in the long run to be beneficial to Ireland because Ireland would offer the benefits of an English-speaking economy based in Europe,” says former director of global engagement on the White House’s National Security Council Brett Bruen. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Dublin could be an obvious choice if UK-based banks are looking to move

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders greets supporters after a campaign rally in Salem, Oregon. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Urquhart

Senator says he has ‘outside shot’ of beating Democratic favourite with pledged delegates

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Oregon after beating Hillary Clinton in the West Virginia primary. Photograph: Rob Kerr/AFP/Getty Images

Second straight victory keeps US senator’s hopes alive as Trump wins two more states

Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima on his trip to Japan later this month, making him the first sitting US president to visit the site of the world’s first atomic bombing in 1945 during the second World War. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images.

President will be first sitting US leader to visit the site of 1945 nuclear attack on Japan

A sign in protest at a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access adorns the bathroom stalls at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina. Photograph: Jonathan Drake/Reuters

US justice department and state file legal actions in civil rights standoff

 Donald Trump:  tensions between him and Paul Ryan continue to fester  over the pivotal role at the   Cleveland convention, where Mr Trump will presumably be named as presidential nominee. Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP Photo

House speaker Ryan offers to step aside as chairman in nominee-picking convention

Alejandro Garcia Padilla, governor of Puerto Rico, is seen giving a speech on  television in a bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photograph: Bloomberg

US territory in the Caribbean shares fiscal pain suffered by another island: Ireland

Hillary Clinton: her lead is so comfortable that she can lose the remaining primaries and still clinch the nomination. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty

The billionaire businessman is the last man standing in the Republican camp. But polls suggest the Democrat will take the White Ho(...)

Donald Trump at a rally  in Charleston, West Virginia, on Thursday. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

Presumptive Republican nominee weighs in on Brexit, blaming EU for migration crisis

Young musicians from Music Generation, Ireland’s national music program, speak with Adam Clayton, of U2, during The American Ireland Fund New York Dinner Gala in New York City. Photograph: Michael Nagle

U2 bassist hails superstar at NY gala to promote Irish Music Generation programme

House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan said of Donald Trump: “I think conservatives want to know: does he share our values and our principles.” Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Former vice-presidential candidate’s remarks underline split in party

Former Republican presidential candidate   John Kasich: A campaign source close to the Ohio governor ruled out the possibility of the him serving as   Donald Trump’s running mate. Photograph: JD Pooley/Getty

Donald Trump assured of Republican Party nomination after final rival drops out

Donald Trump pays tribute to rival Ted Cruz at his victory party in Trump Tower in Manhattan, describing him as “one hell of a competitor”. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Trump adds midwest to his victories putting him in pole position to face Clinton

Ted Cruz has suspended his campaign to be the Republican presidential nominee in light of a resounding win for Donald Trump (right) in Indiana.

Resounding Indiana victory turns focus to November presidential election and Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump greets his supporters  at a campaign rally in South Bend, Indiana. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Billionaire Republican converts life-long Indiana Democrats with ‘strong arm’ plans

Donald Trump: Indiana primary win deals crushing blow to Ted Cruz’s presidential dreams.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Whitehouse hopeful sees off challenge from Texas senator Ted Cruz in midwest state

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz: “Donald Trump alleges that my Dad was involved in assassinating JFK. Now let’s be clear: this is nuts, this is not a reasonable position, this is just kooky,” he said. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Texan attacks billionaire for repeating tabloid allegation that his father knew Oswald

Cruz control: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on a campaign stopover in Osceola, Indiana. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Texan fights rearguard action in US midwest to prevent billionaire securing nomination

Supporting Donald Trump at the California Republican Convention in Burlingame, California on Friday. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

Turning tide indicates how politicians are slowly catching up with grassroots voters

Former speaker John Boehner: “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”Photograph: EPA

War of words between Texas senator and ex-US congressional leader John Boehner

Hillary Clinton has 88 per cent of the delegates needed to win the Democratic belt and she leads in the polls in California. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

Favourites move closer to presidential title fight with decisive victories in the north east

 Defence Forces Captain Peter Kelleher  reads the 1916 Proclamation at the ceremony in Washington

Sculpture of 19th century Irish rebel commemorated at event marking 1916 Rising

A bus carrying supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders drives down Broad Street during Pennsylvania’s primary election  in Philadelphia. Photograph:   Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

At polling stations in Philadelphia, Trump and Sanders supporters had plenty to say

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) and his wife Mary Pat (R) listen as Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during Trump’s five state primary night event in New York City on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Clinton scores four out of five north-eastern state victories forcing Sanders to change tack

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally  in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday. Photograph: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Clinton faces uphill climb to rally Sanders’s youthful support if she wins Democratic race

Campaigner Adi Roche delivers an impassioned plea to the United Nations general assembly in New York on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Activist delivers landmark speech to world body 30 years after nuclear disaster

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