Former first lady Hillary Clinton is viewed as the Democrats’ best bet of retaining the White House. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Hillary Clinton will end months of speculation on Sunday when she announces she is running to become the first female president of the United States,(...)

Jean Kennedy Smith, sister of the late US senator Edward Kennedy,  and Patrick Kennedy, his son, with (from left) vice president Joe Biden, Senator Ed Markey and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, for dedication ceremonies for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Despite the freezing wind blasting Columbia Point near Boston, the occasion felt – as one high-ranking Democrat is said to have remarked of a recent p(...)

President Obama is applauded as he takes the stage to make remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to late senator Edward Kennedy and his ability to find compromise with political opponents, saying, “No one mad(...)

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa aged 18, who is in prison in Egypt. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The Government is treating the case of imprisoned Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt as a priority legally, diplomatically and politically, the Mi(...)

Gary Hart has said “you can’t attract 12 or 15 or 24 executive vice presidents of fairly substantial corporations to come over here for three or four days if there is confusion or lack of resolution on budgetary issues”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A planned visit to the North by major US investors this spring or early summer hinges on the reactivation of the Stormont House Agreement, retired Ame(...)

Enda Kenny and  Barack Obama at the Oval Office on the St Patrick’s Day visit: Kenny raised the issue of the illegal Irish estimated by the Government to number about 50,000. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Government raised the possibility of visa waivers that would allow illegal Irish in the US to travel back and forth to Ireland freely three wee(...)

Vice-president Joseph Biden (right) welcomes Taoiseach  Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala  to the Naval Observatory on St Patrick’s Day in Washington, DC. Photograph: Getty

Northern Ireland’s largest Unionist party has written to US vice-president Joe Biden seeking an apology for his St Patrick’s Day gaffe.Mr Biden said: (...)

Speaker of the House John Boehner, US president Barack Obama and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny after they attended the St Patrick’s Day lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images 1:31

Taoiseach Enda Kenny used his annual St Patrick’s Day trip to Washington to press for help for illegal Irish immigrants but said there was “an issu(...)

Enda Kenny: “There’s an issue about the waiver scheme and the way it applies.” Photograph: Bloomberg

The Taoiseach, at the end of his remarks in the Oval Office next to Barack Obama, noted that it was “unique for a country as small as Ireland to ha(...)

US Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at the front door of his residence to a delegation led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, quipped that “if you’re wearing orange, you’re not welcome in here” before adding he was only joking. File photograph:  Nicholas KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

A DUP MP on Tuesday called on US vice president Joe Biden to apologise for casting a “slur” on Protestants by joking to an Irish delegation that no-o(...)