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(...)

Senator John McCain speaks during a news conference discussing “paid patriotism” in professional sports on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: New York Times

The United States military has signed agreements worth $6.8 million with professional sports teams to have patriotic spectacles staged at major events(...)

Republican presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush (left) and Donald Trump look on during a break in the Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The third debate in the Republican White House race was dominated not by the runaway leaders – outsiders Donald Trump and retired surgeon Ben Carson –(...)

 Jeb Bush (left) listens as senator Marco Rubio makes a point at the 2016 US Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28th, 2015. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Withering put-downs and sharp exchanges dominated the third Republican presidential debate as the one-time frontrunner Jeb Bush came off worst on a(...)

Army general John Campbell, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, prepares to testify for a hearing before the senate armed services committee  in Washington, on Tuesday. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The deadly air strike that hit a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was a mistake made within the US chain of command, the American commander of in(...)

Deserted streets and damaged buildings in the central Syrian town of Talbisseh in the Homs province after Russia confirmed that it carried out its first air strike in Syria. Photograph: Mahmoud Taha/AFP/Getty Images

The White House warned Russia that its military actions in Syria risk prolonging the four-year-old conflict in the country as the US and Russian milit(...)

Afghan security personnel talk as they perpare to launch a counter-offensive to retake the city from Taliban insurgents at the airport in Kunduz on September 30, 2015. Photograph: Nasir Waqif/AFP/Getty Images

The Taliban are widening their offensive in northern Afghanistan after government forces failed to take back Kunduz, the strategic city in the north(...)

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Rochester, New Hampshire. Photograph: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/The New York Times

Donald Trump dodged a question at a campaign event on Thursday night from a man in New Hampshire who stated that Barack Obama is a Muslim and “not eve(...)

Former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. File photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has said that immigrants to the US should “speak American”, following a controversy triggered (...)

Donald Trump speaking to the media after the first Republican presidential debate. A feud with Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly has failed to dent his popularity, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Donald Trump continued to defy the laws of political gravity on Monday as a Reuters/Ipsos poll found the real estate mogul holding on to a wide lead (...)