Donald Trump: criticised in tweets by Democratic mayor of New Jersey and Republican former governor of New York.   Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Businessman Donald Trump, the poll leader in the race to be Republican presidential nominee, has drawn fire again by claiming that “thousands and t(...)

US Republican candidate Dr Ben Carson on Syrian refugees: “If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighbourhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs, but you’re putting your intellect into motion.” Photograph: Chris Keane/Reuters 0:36

Republicans were tripping over themselves this week to ratchet up the anti-refugee rhetoric in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, targeting Syrian mi(...)

Stewart Buttefield of Slack speaking at the  Web Summit  in Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Stewart Butterfield is enthusiastic about Irish food. Particularly apples, which he says are better than most in North America, but brown bread and(...)

Former US senator Fred Thompson. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images 1:01

Fred D Thompson, a former US senator, actor and Republican presidential candidate, died on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 73. The cause was a(...)

Seán Moncrieff: ‘I had to go on the dole for a while, which was a surreal experience.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘The Irish are endlessly fascinated by themselves,” said Terry Eagleton. I first read this quote in The Irish Paradox by Seán Moncrieff, a book abo(...)

Donald Trump speaks at a rally  in Mobile, Alabama. Photograph:  Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Some blondes have all the fun. As Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush get more testy, Donald Trump gets more chesty. And more blond. It’s mind-boggling to co(...)

The humidity of the American Deep South is a force to be reckoned with. A week into our Alabama to Charleston road trip and neither my hair (natura(...)

Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest-known living person, gets a hug from a family member during her 116th birthday celebration last month. She passed away on Wednesday. Photograph:  Rena Laverty/EPA. 1:11

Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest-known person, has died in Michigan 26 days after her 116th birthday, a family spokeswoman has said. Born on May 2(...)

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof (21) into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof  is accused of killing nine people at a Bible-study meeting in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: Jason Miczek/Reuters. 0:56

In the hours after the Charleston shooting, a portrait began to take shape of suspect Dylann Roof as someone with racist views and at least two recent(...)

Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight title with a ninth round stoppage of Eric Molina in Alabama. Photograph: Getty

Deontay Wilder knocked Eric Molina out after nine rounds in Alabama to retain the WBC world heavyweight championship. The 239-pound Texan had already (...)