‘He’s alone on the stage – always his preferred setting. As an isolato, he can say what he thinks and define himself on his own terms. He can ascend to the mountaintop and ignore us when we pester him to come down.’ Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The talk up in Boston is all about deflation while the talk down here is all about inflation. Our sleek, techie president, whose battery dies f(...)

The director of the North America Department of Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, Cuban Josefina Vidal (right), and members of her delegation participate in the first day of closed-door talks between Cuba and the United States, at the Convention Palace in Havana on January 21st, 2015. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

The United States and Cuba on Wednesday clashed over immigration policy at the first session of high-level talks seeking to restore diplomatic ties be(...)

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union speech before members of Congress on January 20th, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images 2:12

President Barack Obama used his sixth annual State of the Union address last night to declare that the United States had turned the page on unpopular (...)

US president Barack Obama’s speech will allow him to update Americans on the threat of Islamist extremists, two weeks after 17 people were killed in attacks in France. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Getty Images

President Barack Obama aims in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to outline his plans to help middle class people left behind by the economic(...)

Proposed taxes would help fund another progressive initiative that US president Barack  Obama announced earlier this month: two years of free community college education for an estimated nine million students. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP Photo/Getty Images

President Barack Obama will on Tuesday night use his state of the union address, the annual declaration of his legislative hopes, to rally support for(...)

US Senator Patrick Leahy arrives in  Havana to lead the first congressional mission to Cuba since the change of policy announced by Mr Obama in December. Photograph: Reuters.

A delegation of American legislators led by senator Patrick Leahy arrived in Cuba on Saturday to discuss greater cooperation and remaining areas of(...)

At the Irish Film Board  announcement of its schedule and priorities for 2015 were (from left) actor Sarah Greene, actor Tara Lee, James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board, and actor and screenwriter Amy Huberman. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A tale of love and music in the Dublin inner-city of the 1980s, a literary adaptation about 1950s emigration from rural Ireland, and the contemporary(...)

Havana living: a  man smoking a cigar
Going local in Cuba
  • Travel
  • January 10, 2015, 12:00

As our taxi worked its way into Havana from the airport I was immediately struck by the crumbling streets and faded but stunningly elegant pastel- hue(...)

Eyes will be fixed on new senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (above) and House of Representatives speaker John Boehner to see if they can quell rebellious conservatives within their party. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Republicans take control of Congress today for the first time since 2006. The new legislative session starts with the controversial Keystone oil pi(...)

An anti-Castro Cuban exile in Florida holds a Cuban flag during a protest after the announcement of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and United States. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

There is certain to have been a degree of ambivalence, albeit largely unstated, in Moscow over the announcement that President Obama is restoring d(...)