FIFA officials are escorted out behind sheets following their arrests by Swiss authorities at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich on Wednesday. The US has filed federal charges alleging corruption over two decades. Photograph: Pascal Mora/The New York Times

Suspects face 47 criminal counts for accepting bribes of more than $150m

US vice-president Joe Biden said that more than 1.2 million Irish voters “took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality”. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US vice-president says Irish recognised truth that everyone is entitled to respect in vote

Panti raises her arms with supporters for same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

New York Times says Ireland has given a ‘powerful boost to the quest for gay equality’

Caitlin Vennard and Cormac McGrady at Yosemite National Park in California in 2012. McGrady is now unable to visit his American wife’s family in the US because he is banned from the country.

America Letter: Married Irish-American couple feel the full force of the hardline US immigration system

Stephanie Roche has been released from her deal with American side Houston Dash. Photograph: Inpho

Puskas award runner-up released months into deal to free up space in the Dash squad

A frame grab from an undated video reportedly shows Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden watching TV at his compound in Pakistan. Newly-released documents show bin Laden owned books by Noam Chomsky and Bob Woodward, among others. Photograph: US Department of Defence/AFP/Getty Images

US releases more documents seized in 2011 raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader

Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy  listens to her lawyer prior to a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts.  Ms  McCarthy is accused of killing a child in her care in 2013. Photograph: AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool

Aisling Brady McCarthy (36) charged over death of baby in her care in Massachusetts

All nine fatalities of Sunday’s shootout were members of the Bandidos or Cossacks biker gangs and the injured suffered stab or gunshot wounds and, in some cases, both Photograph: Jerry Larson/ AP

Rival gangs clash in Waco in bloody dispute over territory and recruitment

The farmhouse in west Limerick where the couple were found dead by burglars. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Criminal gang knew they would have left forensic evidence and been implicated

Lindsey Graham, a three-term senator from South Carolina, cited the increasing violence in the Middle East as motivation for his decision to run. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

South Carolina senator is party’s seventh presidential candidate in fast-growing field

In 2004, Tyrone native Julia Holmes, known in the US by her married name Julia Parrish, pleaded guilty to wire fraud on December 1st, 2003, one of 12 criminal charges she faced. She was eventually deported from the US to Northern Ireland in 2006 after serving time in prison. File photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

Tyrone native promised investors return of more than 400% on Irish property

Martin O’Malley, who is expected to announce his candidacy for US president shortly. Photograph: Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images

Probable contender for Democratic presidential nomination will speak in Dublin after delay over Baltimore violence

Conservative author Peter Schweizer, a former speechwriter for Republican president George W Bush, has claimed in his book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” that Hillary Clinton made policy decisions while US secretary of state that benefited donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Businessman referred to in one of ‘seven to eight factual corrections’ in updated version

A tornado in Cisco, Texas, last week. Photograph: Brian Khoury/Reuters

In Tornado Alley, chasing twisters is a risky hobby verging on a death wish

 Seán Dunne and his wife Gayle Killilea at their home in Ballsbridge back in 2008. Photograph: Derek Speirs

Seán Dunne and Gayle Killilea have been in battle with creditors for almost three years

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm with his wife Lorraine Drumm. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Bank rejects former Anglo chief David Drumm’s grounds for appeal on debts

Dzokhar Tsarnaev (21), was convicted of 30 federal charges relating to the twin bombings that killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 other people near the marathon’s finish line on April 15th, 2013.

Jury rejects defence argument that attacker was under influence of brother

Gayle Killilea:  Filed emergency motions seeking a jury trial in the district court rather than in the bankruptcy court in the US. Photograph: Collins

Developer’s wife wants trial moved out of bankruptcy court

 Dodging the Iraq issue, Jeb Bush said that “talking about hypotheticals” did a disservice to those who served there.  Photograph: Alvin Baez/Reuters

Ex-governor overshadowed by brother’s record as rival touts foreign policy expertise

 Hillary Clinton’s 1979 interview: the then first lady of Arkansas shared her views on the benefits of being young in elected office, privacy in public life and the strains on “a political marriage”.

Then 32-year-old first lady of Arkansas discusses benefits of being young in public office

 Wilbur Ross: The New York investor  sold a 5.5 % stake in Bank of Ireland for €477 million in June 2014, three years after buying into the lender. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

US investor who netted windfall on Bank of Ireland not interested in ‘healthy’ banks

Children play near the final hideout of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP

US journalist claims al-Qaeda leader held for five years by Pakistani intelligence

 Emergency personnel man a barricade near the wreckage of an Amtrak passenger train carrying more than 200 passengers from Washington, DC to New York that derailed  in north Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At least five people were killed and more than 50 others were injured in the crash. Photograph: Mark Makela/Getty Images

US investigators examine black box data after accident that killed at least seven

David Drumm and his wife Lorraine leaving court in Boston during his bankruptcy trial last year. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Any attempt to extradite ex-Anglo chief from US could drag on for years

 King Salman of Saudi Arabia. His decision   not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders is seen as  a signal of displeasure over US actions on Iran. Photograph: Reuters

As Gulf leaders decline to travel, US president must juggle competing interests in region

Barack Obama is trying to quell strong opposition from the Democratic Party’s left flank, including trade union core supporters, who fear the effect of international deals on American jobs. Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/EPA

Democrats vote against considering giving president fast-track authority to negotiate deals

The programme will see students return to Kylemore Abbey for the first time since the closure of the boarding school there six years ago.

US university is signing 30-year lease to start summer programme in Connemara

Hillary Clinton poses with students and teachers after taking part in a roundtable discussing immigration in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

The Democrat candidate’s commitment to immigration reform is a sign of the times

US Senator George Mitchell, pictured at Queen’s University,  Belfast last month, was a special guest at the  American Ireland Fund’s New York gala. Photograph: Paul McErlan/EPA

Philanthropic organisation’s 40th annual gala raises money for Irish causes, and honours NI peace architect Senator George Mitche(...)

Gary Hart: In the wake of Gerard Davison’s killing the US envoy said he and fellow US diplomats were “very carefully” following the events. Photograph: PA

Former senator says American diplomats are monitoring for any emerging pattern

George Mitchell:  Spent a month going around each of the 10 parties, and the British and Irish governments, seeking agreement on his timetable. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former US senator says certain self-criticism of Northern Ireland’s divisions is unjustified

Secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents leaked in 2013 to journalists by contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the agency was collecting phone records and digital communications of millions of citizens. Photograph: Reuters

New York appeals court urges US Congress to authorise, reform or end mass surveillance

Aisling Brady McCarthy, the Cavan nanny accused of fatally assaulting a baby in her care in in Cambridge near Boston in  2013, who has been released on $15,000 bail. Photograph: Josh Reynolds/Boston Globe/Pool

Differing expert views on baby’s death led judge to release McCarthy after two years in jail

Dubliner Cormac Byrne: “You get to challenge your design capabilities on these kinds of projects ... They really want to do something special and different”

Irish architect Cormac Byrne designs multimillion-dollar homes in Connecticut, where ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ can be a preocc(...)

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina: “I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world, who’s in it, how the world works.” Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Ex-Hewlett-Packard chief and retired neurosurgeon announce candidacies for 2016

Nicole Hudgens, of Texas Values, voices her opposition to same-sex marriage outside the US Supreme Court in Washingon. Photograph: John Boal/ EPA

Conservatives and liberals grapple with issues that will define US law

A handout  released by the Baltimore, Maryland Police Department on  May 1st 2015 shows Ceasar Goodson, Garrett Miller and Edward Nero and  William Portner, Brian Rice and Alicia White, the six Baltimore police officers that were charged in connection with the death in custody of Freddie Gray. The Baltimore state’s attorney said she was filing criminal charges against six police officers. EPA

Anger turns to jubilation on streets as city’s prosecutor files criminal charges

 A protester is arrested during a march in  Manhattan, New York,    held to support protests against police brutality following the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Photograph: Gary He/EPA

Police deliver report to attorney on Freddie Gray’s death that led to Monday’s riots

Potential Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  at Columbia University in New York. Ms Clinton has  voiced her support for immigration reform in the US during a fundraising function. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Potential Democratic presidential nominee tells donors of need to help families

Former Goldman Sachs banker Jason Lee arrives  at Suffolk County Court with his wife Alicia on Wednesday afternoon for the  verdict in his trial for rape. He was found not guilty.  Photograph: Simon Carswell

Ex-banker acquitted of three charges - first degree rape, sexual misconduct and assault

Maryland state troopers stand guard as residents clean up after an evening of riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

Death of 25-year-old in police custody sparks angry reaction in the city

Jason Lee and his wife on their way into the Riverhead Criminal Court House for his trial. Photograph Victor Alcorn

Court hears Jason Lee called Goldman Sachs from his car after alleged attack

Possible presidential candidate Martin O’Malley: the presidency is “not some crown to be passed between two families”. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A likely 2016 runner, former Maryland governor has queried Clinton’s liberal bona fides

Former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland Martin O Malley, who is speaking at a number of engagements in Ireland today and tomorrow. Photograph: David Sleator

Ahead of visit to Dublin, Democrat Martin O’Malley thinks referendum will be passed

Minister urges UN conference to establish measures to dismantle nuclear weapons

Hillary  Clinton speaks at the sixth annual Women in the World Summit in New York on  April 23. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

‘Most anticipated and feared’ book of the presidential cycle, published by a Murdoch subsidiary, alleges that US policy decisions (...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren: ‘No more secret deals. No more special deals for multinational corporations.’ Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Proposed trade deal divides Democrats and fires up party’s 2016 race for White House

US president Barack Obama delivers a statpment in  White House in  on Thursday in which he apologised for a counterterrorism operation in January that accidentally killed two aid workers held hostage by al Qaeda. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Human rights group Reprieve says drone strikes kill vastly more people than targets

Former New York City investment banker Jason Lee walks with his wife Alicia into Suffolk County Court. Photograph: AP Photo/Frank Eltman

Jason Lee trial: ‘Missing witness charge’ request denied in Irish J-1 student case

A sketch of assistant US attorney Nadine Pellegrini speaking during the sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who isseen gesturing in a photograph. Photograph: Jane Collins/Reuters

Jury urged to sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death over killings at 2013 marathon

Hillary Clinton meets and greets supporters after a discussion at Whitney Brothers in Keene, New Hampshire, on Monday. New Hampshire will be the first to hold a presidential primary. Photograph: The New York Times

Presidential hopeful visits factory in strategic New Hampshire locale in wake of declaration

Tatyana McFadden celebrates with Bill Richard, the father of Boston bombing victim Martin Richard, after McFadden won the women’s wheelchair marathon in Boston yesterday. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Life without parole for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could prevent years of appeal hearings

Businessman Galen Weston donated to the party. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Donors to party between 1984 and 2000 included businessmen, clergy and unions

On Sunday night the 67-year-old posted a photo on social media website Twitter posing with a family of four, saying she had “loaded the van” and “met a great family when we stopped this afternoon”

Focus of campaign will be to engage voters and be the champion of everyday Americans

Hillary Clinton announced her campaign for the US presidency in a video posted to hillaryclinton.com.   Photograph: Hillary For America via AP

Pledges to champion ‘everyday Americans’

Hillary Clinton: I’m getting ready to do something too . . . I’m running for president. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Former secretary of state uses social media to reveal second-time-lucky tilt for presidency

Former first lady Hillary Clinton is viewed as the Democrats’ best bet of retaining the White House. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Former secretary of state to use social media to unveil second bid to win the White House

California governor Jerry Brown ordered the state’s first mandatory water cuts on April 1st, the day when the annual measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is critical to the state’s water supply, had nothing to measure. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

Experts say farming must change to save the Golden State’s precious groundwater supply

Badge of honour: Hillary Clinton’s supporters are hoping she’ll become the first woman president of the United States. Photograph: Daniel Acker/New York Times

With no rival of Barack Obama’s calibre this time, the former first lady appears a shoo-in to win the Democratic presidential no(...)

Kieran McGill’s chain of 16 Irish pubs in the US employs: almost 700 people and has an annual turnover of $40 million

Kieran McGill owns 16 Irish pubs in the US but holds keys to none of them

Former New York City investment banker Jason Lee with his wife Alicia at Suffolk County Court on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Frank Eltman

Former Goldman Sachs executive Jason Lee is accused of raping an Irish student

Former New York City investment banker Jason Lee walks with his wife Alicia into Suffolk County Court in Riverhead, New York, on Wednesday. Photograph: Frank Eltman/AP.

Prosecution opens case in New York against former Goldman Sachs executive Jason Lee

Rand Paul greets supporters after speaking at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, yesterday. Photograph: William DeShazer/New York Times

Libertarian senator casts himself as political outsider to defeat ‘Washington machine’

In this courtroom sketch, Assistant US Attorney Al Chakravarty is shown pointing to defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during closing arguments in Tsarnaev’s federal death penalty trial in Boston. Photograph: Jane Flavell Collins/AP Photo

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wanted to punish US for killing Muslims, says prosecutor

Gerry Adams: ‘To be honest, I was sick, sore and tired of a tsunami of stories based upon these tapes linking me to Mrs McConville’s death. So I contacted the police and said, “Look, you want to talk to me, I’m here to talk”.’

SF leader tells ‘60 Minutes’ he never pulled a trigger, set a bomb or ordered a death

Jean Kennedy Smith, sister of the late US senator Edward Kennedy,  and Patrick Kennedy, his son, with (from left) vice president Joe Biden, Senator Ed Markey and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, for dedication ceremonies for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Both Republicans and Democrats were at the dedication of the Edward M Kennedy Institute

Hillary Clinton:  responded positively but cautiously to the framework deal.  Describing the tentative agreement as “an important step” in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, she said: “The devil is always in the details in this kind of negotiation. The onus is on Iran and the bar must be set high.” Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Likely presidential contenders warn about leaving Tehran with nuclear capabilities

Indiana senate president David Long (left) and house speaker Brian Bosma during a press conference at the Capitol in Indianapolis. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

State legislators propose new language to anti-gay law in response to national uproar

Moving towards agreement at the talks in Lausanne, Switzerland: (from left) Chinese ambassador to the UN Wu Hailong, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, German foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarifat, Russian deputy political director Alexey Karpov, British foreign secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters/Pool

Obama hails framework to stop Tehran making weapon ‘historic understanding’

Jenna Morris trims Nick Bonora’s hair at Bernadette’s Barbershop in  Lafayette, Indiana.  The store is one of several that display a sticker stating: “This business serves everyone.” Photograph: Nate Chute/Reuters

Social values on 2016 campaign agenda as liberals and conservatives clash in Indiana

The burial of Irish US marine Liam Flynn at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia yesterday. Flynn, from Clane, Co Kildare, was aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed last month in Navarre, Florida. Photograph: Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com

Kildare man Liam Flynn, a US special forces marine, is buried at Arlington cemetery

President Obama is applauded as he takes the stage to make remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Senator’s contribution to Northern Ireland noted at dedication of institute in his name

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa aged 18, who is in prison in Egypt. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Responding to family’s criticism, Minister acknowledges their ‘deep personal trauma’

The Edward M Kennedy Institute opens on March 30th on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston, dedicated to the late US senator Edward Kennedy, pictured here (front) with Al Gore in 2000. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs is the only foreign dignitary to speak at opening events

US senator Ted Cruz  with his wife Heidi Nelson Cruz and children at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday, after announcing his intention to run for president. Cruz’s wacko status is precisely  his appeal.  Photograph: Jay Paul/Bloomberg

Firebrand Texas senator and Tea Party activist first to declare in White House race

Mourners chant anti-US and anti-Israeli slogans beside the bier of assassinated Houthi media official Abdul-Karim al-Khiwani in Sana’a. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Analysis: Obama’s counterterrorism strategy questioned as regional tensions rise

Afghan security forces at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Wednesday. Six people were killed and more than 30 injured in the bombing close to the presidential palace. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Obama slows down troop withdrawal from Afghanistan at request of Kabul government

President Barack Obama with Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu. The White House has castigated  Netanyahu for comments made on the election stump. Photograph:  Jason Reed/Reuters

Analysis: Personal pique and testy relations with Netanyahu overshadow foreign policy position

Enda Kenny and  Barack Obama at the Oval Office on the St Patrick’s Day visit: Kenny raised the issue of the illegal Irish estimated by the Government to number about 50,000. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Government contacted US about situation and how ‘undocumented’ may be able to visit home

A 1915 bottle in the Coca-Cola archives in Atlanta, Georgia.

In the Atlanta headquarters the archives chart the history of the Coca-Cola bottle and the brand

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Brussels yesterday: ‘If the [European] Commission comes forward with a new set of proposals we will engage with that constructively.’ Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo

State prepared to engage constructively with European Commission, says Taoiseach

Congressman Brendan Boyle, a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on Capitol Hill, described Anne Cadwallader’s evidence of collusion as “overwhelming”.

Author Anne Cadwallader testifies before congressional panel on ‘Glennane’ killings

Gerry Adams: Described the State Department’s postponement of a meeting with a senior US diplomat as “bizarre”. Photograph: The Irish Times

SF leader’s meeting with deputy secretary of state sidelined due to welfare reform talks

Tánaiste Joan Burton said people need to get their lives back, be able to get back into business again, back into employment again, deal with the debt. Photograph: Eric Luke

On US visit, Tánaiste urges financial institutions to stop ‘extending and pretending’

Stephanie Roche is about to start training with her new team Houston Dash in Texas. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Wonder goal scorer and Ireland international shakes hands with President Obama at St Patrick’s Day party

Speaker of the House John Boehner, US president Barack Obama and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny after they attended the St Patrick’s Day lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Kenny in Washington: Contentious US immigration reform ‘somewhat intractable’

Enda Kenny: “There’s an issue about the waiver scheme and the way it applies.” Photograph: Bloomberg

Kenny floats idea of visa waivers to remedy travel difficulties for US-based illegal Irish

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm: argued he should be given more time because he has hired a new lawyer. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief asks court for extension as he appeals debt write-off ruling

US president Barack Obama: Stormont House Agreement offered “great hope for resolution of some long-standing challenges there”. Photograph:  EPA/Dennis Brack/Pool

US president Barack Obama: ‘Still more work to do’ on bringing political stability NI

Enda Kenny and Barack Obama meet  ahead of a  St Patrick’s Day lunch. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Taoiseach praises US president Barack Obama for his ‘decisiveness’ on the issue

Vice president Joe Biden welcomes Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala Kenny to the Naval Observatory on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Vice President Biden hosted a breakfast for the Irish Prime Minister in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty

Vice-president says ‘genius’ required to ‘lock down’ Stormont Agreement

Stephanie Roche is ready to adjust to the heat of Texas as she settles in to her new life with the Houston Dash. Photograph: Inpho

Puskas award runner-up has St Patrick’s Day date at White House with Barack Obama

Hillary Clinton after being inducted into the 2015 Irish America Hall of Fame in New York in recognition of her role and commitment to the Irish peace process. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

She praised NI women for being ‘unstoppable leaders’ who helped demand ‘end of violence’

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the US government of behaving bizarrely after a meeting with a senior official in Washington DC was postponed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader earlier reportedly accused US government of ‘bizarre’ behaviour

“I believe Maíria Cahill. I believe Mr McGahon. I believe there are questions to be answered and Sinn Féin are in a position to answer those and Gerry Adams in particular is,” the Taoiseach said.

Adams criticises Taoiseach’s remarks over SF leader’s handling of abuse allegations

Martin Callinan: Claimed he was forced out of his job as Garda commissioner after being visited by the secretary general of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

No interim report from inquiry into departure of Martin Callinan as Garda commissioner

Taoiseach Enda Kenny met former wrestler Hulk Hogan at the airport in Atlanta

After Enda Kenny’s airport encounter with Hulk Hogan, it was business as usual at tech event South by Southwest in Texas

Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson praises 12.5% tax rate

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has paid tribute to Paul O’Connell ahead of the Irish captain winning his 100th cap against Wales on Saturday. Above O’Connell is seen speaking  to England players following Ireland’s recent victory over them in the RBS Six Nations match  at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Kenny says Irish captain a ‘fearsome sight on the rugby pitch’ ahead of clash with Wales

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