Kevin O’Malley, a second-generation Irish American, is to be the next US ambassador to Ireland.

The White House has announced that it has nominated Missouri lawyer Kevin O’Malley as the next US ambassador to Ireland. The move brings to an end the(...)

Lake Van: there is a train from Tehran to Ankara, in Turkey, the Trans Asia Express which takes two nights and includes a crossing of Lake Van. Photograph: Thinkstock

How would I travel from Kuwait to Cork, avoiding planes, and using ferries, trains and buses? I’m working in Kuwait and hoping to travel in late May. (...)

Harry F Powers, the Butcher of Clarksburg, tells a detective the details of his grisly murders Photographs: Ny Daily News archive via Getty Images

Harry Powers, born Herman Drenth, unassuming although skilled at turning sugary phrases to capture the heart of despairing middle-aged women, was a(...)

Former US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Mr Rooney stood down in late 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke

The United States has been without an ambassador in Ireland for 15 months now, the longest period the country has not had a top diplomat in Dub(...)

Google said any bill banning the use of Google Glass by drivers would be premature, as product development  is still ongoing.

JJ Worrall Illinois, Delaware and Missouri are set to introduce bills to stop drivers from wearing Google Glass headsets while behind the(...)

“Heartbreak, travel and transformation” informs the second full-length album by Missouri’s Angel Olsen. You can add “love and regret” to that l(...)

Michael Sam, a University of Missouri football player,  is expected to be chosen in the early rounds of May’s NFL draft. Photograph: New York Times

One of the most promising American footballers on the verge of turning pro, Michael Sam, has revealed he is gay, setting him on course to be the Natio(...)

Philomena Lee  and Senator Claire McCaskill  meet to discuss the  new adoption initiative.

US senator Claire McCaskill has added her support to a campaign to help Irish mothers reunite with US children separated by forced adoption, describin(...)

Guitarist Pat Metheny can be hard to pin down. To hardcore fans he is the musical deity who leads the Pat Metheny Group, a crafter of blissed-out groo(...)

Dennis McGuire, a murderer and rapist, was executed with an untested combination of drugs by the state of Ohio on January 16th. Photograph: Ohio department of rehabilitation and corrections via the New York Times

America Letter: Ohio’s execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire earlier this month with a new two-drug experimental concoction has stirred up(...)