Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan (left), on a visit to Washington, has welcomed plans by Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (right) of Wisconsin to table legislation for E3 visas for “a limited period of time for Irish people”. Photograph: Marty Katz

A Republican congressman intends to introduce a Bill that, if passed, would allow thousands of Irish to apply for new “E3” visas to live and work in t(...)

Pope Francis arrives to give a mass in Holguin, Cuba, a cradle of Catholic faith and home of Fidel and Raul Castro. Photograph: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images

During the visit of Pope Francis to the US, which starts on Tuesday, the pontiff will address a group of 200 poor and sick beneficiaries of Catholic c(...)

Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League exits federal court in New York. Brady had his four-match for allgedly deflating balls to gain a competitive advantage overturned. Photograph: Bloomberg

In the antiseptic hush of a Long Island neo-natal intensive care unit one October morning, two nurses were treating a premature baby. One was threadin(...)

 Protesters outside Walter Palmer’s dental practice after the killing of Cecil the lion. Photograph: Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has expressed dismay at the furore that engulfed his family and staff following the inciden(...)

Pedro scored the winner for Barcelona in the Super Cup final just hours after it was announced he had asked to leave the club. Photograph: Getty
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Golf
  • August 12, 2015, 08:28

Harrington and Clarke back Lowry for Major The US PGA Championship begins at Whistling Strait tomorrow with Shane Lowry looking to pick up where he le(...)

Sergio García plays a practice round prior to the start of 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The wise old heads are nodding in his direction, not at all surprised at Shane Lowry’s rise in the golfing world. Darren Clarke, who has ticked the bo(...)

Pádraig Harrington: “I have more clubhead speed now than I ever had in my career.” Photograph: Phil Long/AP Photo

What is it with our walking wounded? First, Rory McIlroy’s ankle – thankfully mended after intensive treatment and rehabilitation away from prying eye(...)

Donald Trump and Jeb Bush participate in a debate of ten leading Republican presidential hopefuls at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The first question to Chris Christie was about the nine credit downgrades that New Jersey had suffered since he became its governor. Ben Carson was(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Democratic presidential candidates will hold the first of six primary debates on October 13th in Nevada, the party has said, setting out a debate cale(...)

 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,(...)