Declan Canning and his son Tom prepare for Halloween at Meath Pumpkins in Summerhill, Co. Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 1:34

Irish pumpkin growers may be small in number, but they are producing some very big pumpkins this year.Virginia Pumpkin Festival, which begins on Frid(...)

US president Barack Obama, vice president Joe Biden and Mr Biden’s son Hunter  at basketball game in  January 2010. Hunter Biden was discharged from the US Navy Reserve earlier this year after testing positive for cocaine, sources familiar with the matter have said. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Hunter Biden, the younger son of US vice president Joe Biden, was thrown out of the military in February after testing positive for cocaine, according(...)

Republican US senator Pat Roberts cradles a baby after speaking at a Conservative Revival in Gardner, Kansas. Photograph: Dave Kaup/Reuters

Herbie Hopper is standing on a busy roadside in Wichita, Kansas, holding one end of a large yellow flag. It shows a picture of a coiled rattlesnake(...)

A replica of Dolly Parton’s childhood Smoky Mountain home at Dollywood in North Carolina.

My husband and I would like to take our three children (nine, 11 & 13) to the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast during the mid-term break in Octobe(...)

The US Supreme Court’s decision to let stand lower court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states is a major and welcome advance for the caus(...)

Conservative protesters pray in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, yesterday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The US supreme court has declined to be drawn into the nationwide debate on same-sex marriage, immediately increasing the number of states tha(...)

Gay marriage to be allowed in five states including Utah after US supreme court decision. Cindy Bednarz (L) and her wife Lisa Bednarz attend a same-sex marriage rally at Utah’s State Capitol building in Salt Lake City, Utah in this file photo. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Files/Reuters

The US supreme court today declined to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women (...)

Owens & Minor is to buy ArcRoyal, a surgical kit maker  in Kells, Co Meath

Owens & Minor, a $2 billion New York Stock Exchange-listed medical supplies company, has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire(...)

The Irish Ambassador to the US Anne Anderson: she has written to Pat McCrory to acknowledge receipt of his letter and has forwarded his correspondence to Ireland. Photograph: Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com

The governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory is the latest American politician to call on the Government to scrap its plans to introduce plain packagi(...)

Tractors on main street: rural Ireland - to know it is to love it.

Those of you who left the big smoke and went to the Ploughing Championships will know that things change when you leave Ireland’s big cities, particul(...)