Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: is as mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is as mad as hell and he’s not going to take it any more. It emerged this week he has given the banks “weeks” to (...)

When the racist search term was entered into Google Maps, the result was the White House; Google had not yet fixed the problem at the time of writing. Photograph: Google Maps

Google has apologised after searches which include the racist slur “nigger” were shown to find the White House in Google Maps. Searches for “ni(...)

US president Barack Obama  has gone to great lengths to break out of the cloistered Washington scene, which he clearly hates. Photograph: Getty Images

The profile is matter-of-fact: “Dad, husband and 44th President of the United States. ” But the first message brimmed with enthusiasm: “Hello, Twitter(...)

His twitter handle, @POTUS, stands for President of the United States and claims to be controlled by the president himself, rather than one of his backroom team. 0:26

US president Barack Obama has finally got his hands on his own twitter account, racking up 1.68 million followers since Monday with a mere three tweet(...)

 Displaced Iraqis who were forced to flee their hometowns ahead of gains made by Islamic State (IS) militants in Ramadi, western Iraqi, wait near the Bzebiz bridge crossing the Euphrates River on their way to Baghdad at the weekend. Photograph: EPA

The use of Shia militias to try to take back the Iraqi city of Ramadi from Islamic State risks unleashing more sectarian bloodletting, current and for(...)

Lindsey Graham, a three-term senator from South Carolina, cited the increasing violence in the Middle East as motivation for his decision to run. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senator Lindsey Graham, a foreign policy hawk, has become the latest Republican to join the party’s fast-growing field of presidential candidates. Mr (...)

George W Bush (left) with Jeb Bush in 2006. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

It isn’t about what we know now. It’s about what we knew then. It is simply not true, as Republican presidential aspirant Scott Walker said on Friday,(...)

The White House said president Barack Obama ordered the raid that killed the Islamic State figure, identified as Abu Sayyaf. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty Images

American special operations forces killed a senior Islamic State leader who helped direct the group’s oil, gas and financial operations during a raid (...)

 Dodging the Iraq issue, Jeb Bush said that “talking about hypotheticals” did a disservice to those who served there.  Photograph: Alvin Baez/Reuters

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, yet to declare his presidential candidacy but expected to make an announcement shortly, is struggling to escape the (...)

David Drumm and his wife Lorraine leaving court in Boston during his bankruptcy trial last year. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

On day two of David Drumm’s bankruptcy trial last year, the former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive testified that he and his lawyer, Stewart Grossman(...)