The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to allow a county clerk in Kentucky who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds to continue to deny marriage licenses to all couples, gay or straight. Photograph: Jessica Ebelhar/The New York Times.

The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to allow a county clerk in Kentucky who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds to continue to deny m(...)

Property developer Gerry Gannon.

Trips to the 2008 Ryder Cup in Kentucky, hospitality at the Monaco Grand Prix, and skiing holidays were just some of the perks lavished by Irish banks(...)

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The Big Grill Festival will set Dublin’s Herbert Park alight this weekend, running from Thursday afternoon until late Sunday night. The festival of(...)

 US president Barack Obama announcing a  plan  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from  coal-burning power plants. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Obama administration has vowed to override states that refuse to accept its new climate goals by mandating how they should achieve emissions cuts,(...)

A Ku Klux Klan member takes part in a Klan demonstration at the state house building on July 18th, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Members of the Ku Klux Klan marched on the South Carolina state house on Saturday to protest its removal of the slavery-era Confederate flag, drawing (...)

Co Kildare is horse country. Backing on to Naas Racecourse, and with views of Punchestown, Kingsfurze House couldn’t be better located. Add to that(...)

The US government’s bulk collection program was first revealed by documents obtained by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden

The US Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would end the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, the most significant surveillance r(...)

Interviews with US law enforcement and intelligence officials  suggest there are multiple workarounds to a gap in intelligence that has opened up  due to a lapse in US counterterrorism laws. File photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters 1:10

For the first time since the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, Americans will again be free to place phone calls to friends,(...)

The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland. Key provisions of the US Patriot Act expired early on Monday after the Senate failed to prevent their lapse, plunging US national security efforts into potential disarray as the country faces persistent extremist threats. Photograph: AFP 1:10

The US government’s authority to collect telephone records in bulk under legislation introduced after the September 11th, 2001 attacks lapsed at midni(...)

Lindsey Graham, a three-term senator from South Carolina, cited the increasing violence in the Middle East as motivation for his decision to run. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senator Lindsey Graham, a foreign policy hawk, has become the latest Republican to join the party’s fast-growing field of presidential candidates. Mr (...)