US president Barack Obama receives his ballot paper as he takes part in early voting in the Senate midterm elections at a polling station in Chicago. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

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Jody May-Chang greets a friend as couples gather at the Ada County Courthouse in Idaho to apply for same-sex marriage licences, moments before the ruling. Photograph: Patrick Sweeney/Reuters

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Off to her pot farm: Alaskan TV newsreader Charlo Greene quit her job on air

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Two Russian Mig-31 fighter jets and two Russian Bear long-range bombers were intercepted in the ADIZ, west of Alaska. File photo: Canadian McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet fighter jet (centre) and two US McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle jets. Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA
Russian aircraft intercepted off Alaska
  • US
  • September 20, 2014, 08:09

US and Canadian fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft that were flying near US and Canadian air space this week, a military spokesman said last ni(...)

Too close for comfort: Kay Hagan’s opponents have used her kiss from Barack Obama last week against her. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
Obama: kiss of death?

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George O’Malley, restoring the plaster work by Michael Stapleton at Belvedere College Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Think on: Simple Minds, with Jim Kerr, centre. “As a band, we feel the story can continue”

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Philomena Lee, with her son Kevin and daughter Jayne, and Mary Lawlor (right) from Adoption Rights Alliance and The Philomena Project. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

For years Philomena Lee came alone or just with her daughter Jayne to visit her son’s grave in Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Yesterday, sh(...)

Ready to go: Liam Lysaght, a keen member of the Marble City Cyclers

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China is considering plans to build a high-speed railway line to the United States.  Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China’s pride in its successful high-speed rail project is considerable and it has made incredible achievements in installing a network around the cou(...)