Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton:  Biden is talking to friends, family and donors about jumping in. The 72-year-old vice-president has been having meetings to explore the idea of taking on Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire. Photograph: Luke Sharret/The New York Times

A pattern of cutting corners, a patina of entitlement and inevitability, has led to this. Destroying digital messages and thwarting official investiga(...)

Barack Obama laughs during a visit to Addis Ababa on Tuesday: “I’m looking forward to life after being president. I can spend time with my family . . . I can find other ways to serve. I can visit Africa more often.” Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

President Barack Obama claimed on Tuesday that he could win a third term if allowed by the American constitution, but said he was looking forward to l(...)

Playwright Brian Friel  with a portrait of himself by artist Mick O’Dea, which was unveiled  in 2010 as part of the National Portrait Collection in the National Gallery Dublin.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Playwright Brian Friel, described by former US president Bill Clinton “as an Irish treasure for the entire world”, will be honoured next month in a (...)

US president Barack Obama  at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in  Oklahoma on Thursday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Figures on the size and make-up of the prison population in the US explain why Barack Obama is aiming to fix the country’s “broken system” of criminal(...)

Former US president George HW Bush was transported to hospital on Wednesday. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

Former US president George HW Bush suffered a neck fracture in a fall at his home in Maine on Wednesday, though he was listed in stable condition and (...)

Bodyguards use umbrella to protect Serbia’s prime minister Aleksandar Vucic during unrest at a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre in Potocari, near Srebenica. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

A mass burial marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre was marred on Saturday when a crowd of mourners chased Serbia’s prime minister f(...)

The memorial centre in Potocari, Bosnia, a cemetery for victims of the Srebrenica massacre killed in 1995. Photograph: Amel Emric/AP Photo

Serbia’s prime minister, Aleksandar Vucic, has vowed to ignore security concerns and join former US president Bill Clinton and dignitaries from dozens(...)

 Monica Lewinsky: “It’s nice to see the 41-year-old move out of her self-imposed exile, looking lovely, acting graciously and speaking out for a good cause.”  Photograph: James Duncan Davidson/Reuters

The turquoise tranquillity of the Côte d’Azur was rocked a couple of times during the Cannes Lions Festival, the advertising world’s rosé-soaked answe(...)

Fire crews try to control the blaze at Mt Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Photograph: Clarendon County Fire Department/Reuters

US investigators are examining the cause of a series of fires at black churches across the southeastern United States over the past two weeks. The (...)

The private dealings involving Hillary Clinton and her  advisers were revealed through emails released in response to  her use of a personal email account to conduct US government business. Photograph: Reuters

Hillary Clinton ruled herself out of a panel discussion on Northern Ireland in 2009 involving Irish and British politicians at a meeting of her family(...)