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 (...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has formally signalled that he may run for the US presidency in 2016. Photograph: Facebook

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will “actively explore” a potential presidential campaign for 2016, he announced on Tuesday morning.The announcement,(...)

Author Alain de Botton (R) makes notes during his week as writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport, west London, on August 20, 2009.

Internet research has convinced some we can know everything. But away from Google’s spoon dipped into Wikipedia’s stockpot, the idea of the mystery of(...)

Former US president George W Bush speaks at the launch his new book, “41: A Portrait of My Father”, at the George Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas. Photograph: Mike Stone/Reuters

George W Bush, the 43rd president, unveiling his new biography of his father, 41st president, George HW Bush – a book he describes as “a love story” –(...)

During the depression US president Roosevelt said of Temple it was a fine thing that “an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles”.

Shirley Temple, who has died aged 85, found fame as a child actor in the 1930s when she appeared in films as a bright-eyed, curly-topped, dimpl(...)

Shirley Temple and Claudette Colbert at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts dinner, in 1935.

Shirley Temple Black, the iconic child star whose 1930s screen performances brightened up America in the darkest days of the G(...)

Philomena Lee  and Senator Claire McCaskill  meet to discuss the  new adoption initiative.

US senator Claire McCaskill has added her support to a campaign to help Irish mothers reunite with US children separated by forced adoption, describin(...)

Mikhail  Gorbachev and Charles Haughey after their  meeting  at Shannon airport. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The charismatic Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stopped over at Shannon on April 2nd, 1989, on his way to Cuba, for a meeting with then taoiseach Char(...)