Leslie Odum jnr, from the Broadway musical Hamilton, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and New York  mayor Bill de Blasio perform at the 94th annual Inner Circle Dinner on Saturday. Photograph: David Handschuh/The Inner Circle Via AP

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has defended a racially charged joke that he told during a weekend skit with Democratic presidential favourite Hil(...)

US president Barack Obama accepts a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

My history professor called them gobbets. They were short excerpts from momentous political speeches or texts to dissect: a what-they-said/ what-they-(...)

“This is unbelievable,” said an emotional Brendan Fay, the co-founder of the group, the Lavender & Green Alliance (marching above), who fought for 25 years for the parade to be opened up to gay groups. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

The first Irish LGBT group to march in New York City’s 255-year-old St Patrick’s Day parade walked proudly up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue with mayor Bill(...)

Bill de Blasio at the Irish consulate on Park Avenue in New York. Photograph: Simon Carswell

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has hailed the opening up of the Manhattan St Patrick’s Day parade to openly gay groups as a “beautiful day,” sayin(...)

 Pedestrians walk on Amsterdam Avenue on Sunday in New York city. Most of New York’s streets were cleaned up overnight after a huge snow storm hit the mid-Atlantic states. Photograph: Getty

New York city has slowly emerged from a massive blizzard that paralysed much of the US east coast, while snowy gridlock gripped the nation’s capital (...)

Cars covered in snow, parked along a street in Prince William County, Virginia. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

A monster blizzard that has paralysed the US east coast intensified on Saturday afternoon as it barrelled into New York City, prompting a travel ban o(...)

US president Barack Obama’s motorcade leaves an air force base amid snowfall  in Maryland. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Washington DC and Baltimore were under blizzard warnings on Thursday and states of emergency were declared across the east coast of the US as preparat(...)

 President Michael D Higgins  presents former US senator George Mitchell (left) with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad  at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin,  in late 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former US senator and Northern Ireland peace negotiator George Mitchell has agreed to lead New York City’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, the world’s bigges(...)

The service is intended for customers who want high-speed internet access through their mobile devices while travelling on New York’s streets

The world’s fastest and largest municipal WiFi network is being rolled out in New York by a consortium of investors including Google, in the latest at(...)

A security guard guards the administrative offices of the Los Angeles unified school district. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Los Angeles shut more than 1,000 public schools on Tuesday over a threatened attack with bombs and assault rifles. Hundreds of thousands of students (...)