Russell Brand: “The reason I don’t vote is the same reason I don’t eat glitter; there’s no fucking point”. Photo: EPA

Brand has been good at many things in his 39-year life. He has made people laugh. He has made them cross. He has had a genius for getting into scrapes(...)

Commentators and poll analysts from left and right have already prety much awarded the Senate to Republicans. All it will take is six seats to swing t(...)

Republican US senator Pat Roberts cradles a baby after speaking at a Conservative Revival in Gardner, Kansas. Photograph: Dave Kaup/Reuters

Herbie Hopper is standing on a busy roadside in Wichita, Kansas, holding one end of a large yellow flag. It shows a picture of a coiled rattlesnake(...)

Pronsías Ó Rahaille, Jim Connolly Heron and Paul Callery at the inaugural special general meeting of the 1916 Relatives Association in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Divisions between the Government and relatives of 1916 combatants were deepened yesterday when a meeting heard a promise to have commemoration plans (...)

Sen Rand Paul: “When is the last time in our country we created millions of jobs? It was under Ronald Reagan.” Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Even if Republicans take the Senate this year, gaining control of both houses of Congress, they will not gain much in conventional terms: they’re a(...)

 President Michael D Higgins  has been  awarded the freedom of Limerick by the newly merged local authority.

President Michael D Higgins has said he is humbled to have been made a freeman of Limerick. Almost 1,000 invited guests gathered at a ceremony in the (...)

US citizen Matthew Todd Miller (C) standing trial at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North korea, 10 days ago. Photograph:  EPA/KCNA South Korea handout. 1:05

Matthew Miller, an American held in North Korea since April for “hostile acts”, began a six-year hard labour sentence today that he said involved f(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said he would not like to speculate on whether the Executive would collapse over the budget dispute, which is the subject of talks at Stormont today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin would be willing to allow the Northern Ireland Executive fall and new elections called if the parties cave in to the British government im(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton talks with his daughter Chelsea after she addressed the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. The meeting has become more of a Clinton family affair in recent years. Photograph: Ray Stubblebine/EPA

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, businessman Denis O’Brien and former Irish president Mary Robinson will be at the annual meeting of the Clinton Gl(...)

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Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond implored Scots to grasp the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ to secure independence in a vote tomorrow that coul(...)