US Republican candidate Dr Ben Carson on Syrian refugees: “If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighbourhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs, but you’re putting your intellect into motion.” Photograph: Chris Keane/Reuters

Republicans were tripping over themselves this week to ratchet up the anti-refugee rhetoric in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, targeting Syrian mi(...)

Hillary Clinton speaks about terrorism at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, on Thursday. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has called for more intensified and broader fight against Islamic State militants to include a no-(...)

Democratic presidential hopefuls Martin O’Malley  and Hillary Clinton take part in the second Democratic presidential primary debate in Des Moines. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The Paris attacks pushed the Islamic State to the top of the agenda at the second US Democratic presidential debate as the candidates clashed on what (...)

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in Melbourne ahead of her title fight against Holly Holm. Photograph: Paul Crock/Getty Images

The main boulevard in Sarajevo was ghostly quiet on Thursday evening and images of Ronda Rousey speaking on television were easily visible in the cafe(...)

Richard Nixon: he is depicted as an isolated and lonely man, consumed with hatred. Photograph:  Ellsworth Davis/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, the retired surgeon, blew his top last week, venting about how the media had twisted his words when he w(...)

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaking during a Liberty University Convocation in Virginia on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US presidential candidate Ben Carson recommended praying for rival Donald Trump after the real estate mogul and television personality, in a 95-minute(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush serving coffee to military veterans in Johnston, Iowa, to mark Veterans Day. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

They know all about winnowing fields in Iowa, this agricultural state in America’s heartland. Many Republicans are waiting for the party’s large field(...)

Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio and Ben Carson during the Republican Presidential Debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Donald Trump clashed with rivals, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Ohio governor John Kasich in the Republican Party’s fourth presidential debate (...)

Josephine “Jo Jo” Dollard has been missing since 1995. In 1999, garda posters were put up seeking the public’s help in locating the Kilkenny woman. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A leading Irish dairy producer is to be asked to print a missing person’s appeal for Jo Jo Dollard on the back of its milk cartons to compel people to(...)

Former Democratic governor for Maryland Martin O’Malley.

With a pint of Guinness in one hand and a guitar strapped around his neck, US Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley kicked off the opening e(...)