US vice-president Joe Biden: still weighing up whether his family can cope with the rigours of a national campaign

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s clumsy handling of the controversy over her use of a private email address as secretary of state has left some Democrats unsu(...)

“A lethargic, insubstantial image of Jeb Bush that is at odds with the perky red ‘Jeb!’ campaign logo”. Photograph: Reuters/Jay Westcott

Pity Poppy. When I went down to Houston a few years ago to eat pizza with the former president, he was his usual gracious self, speaking fondly about (...)

Democratic presidential candidate  Hillary Clinton: favourability ratings have fallen to their lowest levels since 2001. Photograph: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton’s lead in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination has narrowed and her overall favourability ratings have fallen to (...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe (right, front) and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi (centre) arrive at a news conference, at Mr Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday. Photograph: Thomas Peter/EPA

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe asked US vice president Joe Biden on Wednesday for an investigation into possible spying on high-level Japanese gov(...)

Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton:  Biden is talking to friends, family and donors about jumping in. The 72-year-old vice-president has been having meetings to explore the idea of taking on Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire. Photograph: Luke Sharret/The New York Times

A pattern of cutting corners, a patina of entitlement and inevitability, has led to this. Destroying digital messages and thwarting official investiga(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers is meeting senior US government officials in Washington. Photograph: PA

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers said she received a “very sympathetic hearing” from Obama administration aides on her views about the Northern Ire(...)

Iraq and hard place: Emma Sky walks with Gen Ray Odierno and Stryker brigade soldiers through the Iraqi town of Khalis. Photograph: SPC Kimberly Millett/US army

It has long been accepted that more planning went into the average Saturday-morning omelette than what would happen in Iraq once “democracy” had be(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan spoke about the plight of undocumented Irish in the US. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the plight of undocumented Irish in the US is “not just a St Patrick’s Day issue”. Along with T(...)

A man watches a television broadcast of US president Barack Obama speaking, in Havana on Wednesday. Mr Obama said the US would increase contacts with the Cuban people and engage with the Havana government, civil society and ordinary Cubans. Photograph: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters

The United States and Cuba have agreed to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, officially restoring diplomatic relations more than a half centur(...)

President Barack Obama: ‘This law is now helping tens of millions of Americans.’ Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

For years, US president Barack Obama has faced the sneers of political adversaries who called his health care law Obamacare and assailed his effort to(...)