The fight over the sweeping domestic spying powers, revealed in media leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, has moved to the Senate where majority leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans want the Patriot Act bulk collection extended until 2020. Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

The US Senate is facing intense pressure to enact a law maintaining the power to track telephone calls as part of counterterrorism efforts before the(...)

Patsy McGowan, a former FAI cup-winning manager with Finn Harps, assaulted fellow board member Shane McConnell after a row over internet rumours.

A former League of Ireland manager has been ordered to pay a man €15,800 damages after he assaulted him in the club’s boardroom.Patsy McGowan, a forme(...)

President Barack Obama answering questions in the White House yesterday. He said he is “eager to work with the new Congress to make the next two years as productive as possible”. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

President Barack Obama said Republicans “had a good night” in Tuesday’s midterm elections but attributed the party’s sweeping wins to the public’s di(...)

 United States Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, waves to supporters with his wife Elaine Chao during his victory celebration at the Marriott East Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday. Photograph: Mark Lyons/EPA

US president Barack Obama suffered a heavy political defeat as Republicans won back the Senate from Democrats in the US midterm elections, giving the (...)

Phil McConnell (20), from Malahide, Co Dublin, who  died  on Saturday morning in Portlaoise General Hospital

The death of a music fan who received a heart transplant as a baby has been described as a “absolute tragedy” by the association which represents tran(...)