US senator Ted Cruz  with his wife Heidi Nelson Cruz and children at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday, after announcing his intention to run for president. Cruz’s wacko status is precisely  his appeal.  Photograph: Jay Paul/Bloomberg

Liberals, political reporters and people who revel in the general recurrent ridiculousness of American politics could not hide their delight in the ir(...)

Mourners chant anti-US and anti-Israeli slogans beside the bier of assassinated Houthi media official Abdul-Karim al-Khiwani in Sana’a. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

US president Barack Obama, in selling his military strategy to beat Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria in September to the American public, held(...)

Rival candidates in the Nigerian presidental election, President Goodluck Jonathan (left) and Muhammadu Buhari exchange a signed peace deal in Abuja on Thursday. About 800 people died in post-election violence in 2011 in which Mr Jonathan defeated Mr Buhari. Photograph: EPA/STR

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan warned against violence ahead of Saturday’s presidential election as people stockpiled food, cash and fuel for f(...)

Demonstrators from Friends of the Earth Europe protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

In June 2013. in the final weeks of Ireland’s European Union presidency, the bloc’s 28 member states gave the go-ahead to Brussels to start negotiatin(...)

A carnival float in Mainz, Germany, satirising the transatlantic trade talks. Photograph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

It’s a task that makes sense only by the logic of international trade strictures – which is why negotiators for the EU and the US are eager to change (...)

US under secretary for political affairs Wendy Sherman , secretary of state John Kerry, secretary of energy Ernest Moniz, National Security Council point person on the Middle East Robert Malley, EU political director Helga Schmid, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  at a meeting yesterday.

, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani spoke with the leaders of France, Britain, China and Russia yesterday in an apparent effort to break an impasse h(...)

Gary Hart has said “you can’t attract 12 or 15 or 24 executive vice presidents of fairly substantial corporations to come over here for three or four days if there is confusion or lack of resolution on budgetary issues”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A planned visit to the North by major US investors this spring or early summer hinges on the reactivation of the Stormont House Agreement, retired Ame(...)

Afghan security forces at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Wednesday. Six people were killed and more than 30 injured in the bombing close to the presidential palace. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

President Barack Obama has decided to slow down the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 military personnel into next year, nearly(...)

Katie Taylor was in Ballinasloe, Co Galway to surprise Ardscoil Mhuire student Stephanie O’Halloran and present her with the Sky Sports Living for Sport award for ‘Republic of Ireland Student of the Year’. Photograph: Sportsfile

With the rugby team securing a second Six Nations championship in three years and Stephanie Roche being invited to sup Guinness with Barack Obama in T(...)

Enda Kenny  presents a bowl of shamrocks to Barack Obama on St. Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny needs to drive reform of Ireland’s immigration system after raising the issue of undocumented Irish with US President Barack Obam(...)