Activists protest near the Manhattan apartment of billionaire and Republican financier David Koch last June in New York City. The demonstrators were protesting against the campaign contributions by the billionaire Koch brothers. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Romney swerves contest as billionaire brothers commit nearly $900m to election

Mahmoud Bazzi (centre), a Lebanese national suspected of kidnapping, torturing and killing two Irish United Nations peacekeepers  in 1980, has been deported from the US over immigration offences. Photograph: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mahmoud Bazzi (71) sent home after admitting he entered country with a false passport

 Mitt Romney and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (L) pose for a photograph together. Mr Romney has said he will not contest the 2016 presidential campaign. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters/Files.

Jeb Bush, brother and son of ex-presidents, to benefit most in the Republican race

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm:   his lawyers say a period of two weeks to prepare his opening brief was “insufficient” and that he should have been given 30 days to file

Former Anglo chief says February 9th too soon given ‘complex’ issues

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel speaking after the vote. Photograph: Bloomberg

Bill backed by nine Democrats sets up first veto clash between Obama and Republicans

Brian Hanrahan from Co Tipperary, but based in Co Limerick, was shot twice and robbed on a visit to New Orleans.

Video released of two males police believe were involved in armed robbery

Loretta Lynch listens to a question during her confirmation hearing before the Senate judiciary committee. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Prosecutor picked to be attorney general grilled over president’s executive actions

Judge Sarah Netburn listens to defence attorney Sabrina Shroff as Yevgeny “Zhenya” Buryakov sits in court in New York on Monday.  Photograph: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

US claims agents caught expressing frustration at failure to recruit New York women

Eamon Devoy, the general secretary  of the TEEU  who signed the agreement with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, said that it was important for workers to be retrained to meet the demands of new technologies. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Tie-up between TEEU and American group will lead to new training for Irish workers

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