United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon at a ceremony to receive the Tipperary International Peace Award last night, at Ballykisteen Hotel in Co Tipperary. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has hailed the result of Ireland’s marriage equality referendum as “truly an historic moment” for huma(...)

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(...)

Hillary Clinton received $100,000 (€87,000) for a speech to the California Medical Association - by satellite. Photograph: Isaac Brekken/The New York Times

Hillary Clinton and her husband made at least $30 million (€26 million) over the last 16 months, mainly from giving paid speeches to corporations, (...)

 Hillary Clinton’s 1979 interview: the then first lady of Arkansas shared her views on the benefits of being young in elected office, privacy in public life and the strains on “a political marriage”.

A 36-year-old television interview with Hillary Rodham, then first lady of Arkansas, has been unearthed in which the future presidential candidate sha(...)

The only poll that mattersCharles Haughey made a mantra out of his standard response to opinion polls saying the only one that mattered was the electi(...)

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, holding his grandson Chandler, as he formally launches his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event in Hope, Arkansas, on Tuesday. With Mr Huckabee is his wife Janet, holding granddaughter Scarlett. Photograph:  Mike Stone/Reuters

Republican Mike Huckabee entered the race for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination on Tuesday, looking to break out from an ever-widening field by(...)

Policing on trial

The decision by Baltimore’s state attorney to charge six police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray has helped to defuse an incendia(...)

Hillary  Clinton speaks at the sixth annual Women in the World Summit in New York on  April 23. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

It is hardly Machiavellian to state that the strongest political candidate draws the fiercest attacks. The salvos being fired at 2016 presidential con(...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren: ‘No more secret deals. No more special deals for multinational corporations.’ Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Powers that would allows US president Barack Obama to agree trade deals with Asian countries and the European Union, as well as the deals themselve(...)