US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush:  used the term  ‘anchor babies’ in an interview on the campaign trail last week.  Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The term “anchor babies” has become a lightning rod political issue in the stormy tussle between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush, the two leading candidates(...)

Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday morning while conducting a live interview. Photograph: Reuters 0:21

A disgruntled former employee of a local TV station in the US state of Virginia shot and killed a reporter and cameraman live on air and posting video(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s greets the crowd during a rally in Dubuque, Iowa, this week. Photograph: Reuters/Ben Brewer

Donald Trump, the frontrunner in the polls to become the Republican presidential nominee next year, has courted controversy again on the campaign trai(...)

Stocks surged late in trading, appearing to respond to the view of William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, that next month may be not be the right time to start increasing rates.

US stocks yesterday wiped out most losses suffered in a two-day rout, with shares posting their biggest gains since 2011 as investors shook off concer(...)

Janet Yellen,  Federal Reserve chair: she is not travelling to Jackson Hole this year but markets will be following closely what vice-chairman Stanley Fischer has to say. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

China’s stuttering economy might come more strongly into view from the Rocky Mountains at this week’s Jackson Hole meeting of central bankers followin(...)

Mitchell Reiss: removing the major weapons was “a very important political symbol that the war was over”

A former US envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process, Mitchell Reiss, said he never expected IRA decommissioning to eliminate every last weapon but(...)

Traders outside the New York Stock Exchange. Global markets plunged again on Monday. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

A tumultuous fall in Chinese equities dubbed “Black Monday” by Xinhua, the official state news agency, triggered a ferocious sell-off in international(...)

Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is scheduled to open in September 2016. Photograph: Simon Carswell

When the White House said, following the latest mass shooting in the United States, that president Barack Obama believed the Confederate flag “belongs(...)

Recovering: Aoife Beary, who is still being treated at Santa Clara Valley Medical Centre, Clodagh Cogley, who is back in Ireland, and Niall Murray and Hannah Waters, who are also both still at the Santa Clara centre

Last Sunday the families of the four students still being treated in hospital after they were injured in the balcony collapse in Berkeley, on June (...)

Bono holds up a peace sign at the unveiling of a giant tapestry in honour of John Lennon on Ellis Island. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

U2’s Bono paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the Berkeley tragedy and to the J-1 visa summer programme after an event on Ellis Island honour(...)