Gemma Reddin and Neal Baroni Two days after arriving in Boston for the summer of 2011 with friends, Gemma, from Sligo, was at a house party where s(...)

“Refraining from partaking in the petty squabbling among the committee, she appeared statesman-like, presidential even.”Photograph: Somodevilla/Getty Images

Two events in as many days have, to all intents and purposes, handed Hillary Clinton the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. The decision of Vice(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden, with president Barack Obama and his wife Jill, as he announces that he will not seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US vice-president Joe Biden has ruled out a third presidential bid, saying that the opportunity to mount a realistic campaign had passed. The decision(...)

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton share a joke in Tuesday’s presidential debate in Las Vegas. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The first debate in the race to win the US Democratic presidential nomination confirmed two things: that Hillary Clinton is the strongest candidate an(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary  Clinton  appears to be behaving like she might have something to lose in her race to win the Democratic nomination. Photograph: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Hillary Clinton is approaching her presidential campaign with a new abandon. She is showing a more human side by lampooning Republicans on comedy TV a(...)

Hillary Clinton in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she called for universal background checks.  Photograph: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/The New York Times

Hillary Clinton seized on the recent spasm of gun violence today, detailing a gun control plan that sets herself apart from Republicans and differenti(...)

Tommy Furey of the Marine Institute onboard the Celtic Explorer with maps of mountains in the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland is leading the world in deep-sea mapping. Photograph: Andrew Downes/XPOSURE

The Earth’s oceans cover about 70 per cent of the surface of the planet. Human beings have explored only 10 per cent. The deepest oceans are largel(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Keene, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, during which he said he would send home the US’s Syrian refugees if he became president. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

Businessman Donald Trump, the frontrunner to win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said he would send home the US’s Syrian refugees if he b(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Keene, New Hampshire September 30th, 2015. Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would send all the Syrian refugees the United States accepts back to Syria if he is elected. (...)

‘During the 2008 campaign, when Clinton was being urged to show a more human side, Democratic pollster Mark Penn famously remarked that “being human is overrated”. So too is “authenticity”.’ Above, Clinton with host Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show in New York  on September 16th. Photograph:  REUTERS/Douglas Gorenstein/NBC

This week’s Republican presidential debate saw Donald Trump stumble as his rivals found their voice at last, offering the party’s establishment hope t(...)