File photograph of detainees held  in the US military prison for “enemy combatants” in Guantanamo Bay. Of the 143 prisoners still detained there, 71 are approved for transfer. Photograph:   John Moore/Getty Images

The Pentagon has told members of the US Congress it plans to transfer six prisoners at the controversial Guantánamo Bay detention camp to Uruguay, the(...)

 Republican senator from Arizona John McCain. The  president and  Republicans are at loggerheads over how to respond to the crisis with Barack  Obama’s rivals reluctant to sanction billions of dollars without the administration agreeing steps to stem the wave of child migrants. Photograph: EPA

A majority of Americans are unhappy at how president Barack Obama and his rivals in the Republican party are handling the crisis along the US border (...)

Jacob “Jack” Lew, US treasury secretary.   Mr Lew has urged members of Congress  to pass legislation immediately to stop US companies from shifting their legal addresses overseas

The Obama administration has added its voice to the growing chorus of criticism of US companies shifting their legal addresses overseas, in many cases(...)

Kevin O’Malley, Missouri lawyer, nominee for US ambassador to Ireland, with Missouri senator Claire McCaskill at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the US today. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

President Obama’s nominee for US ambassador to Ireland said he doesn’t expect any dramatic change in the Irish programme of economic austerity, but sa(...)

 US President Barack Obama: Ireland and Northern Irish affairs remain a personal priority for him, according to his chief of staff Denis McDonough

Ireland and Northern Irish affairs remain a “fundamental national priority” for the US and “a personal priority” for President Barack Obama, despite (...)

Smoke rises from the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012,  following an attack in which US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Photograph: Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori

The United States has captured the man it suspects was the ringleader of the attack on the country’s consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in September 201(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with John Hinshaw (right), executive vice-president of technology and operations for Hewlett Packard, and Martin Murphy, managing director of Hewlett Packard Ireland, at the company’s headquarters office in Palo Alto, California, yesterday.  Photograph: Josh Edelson/IDA Ireland/Reuters

The Department of the Taoiseach has received the report of retired High Court Judge John Cooke into the alleged bugging of the Garda Síochána Ombudsma(...)

Ukraine president-elect Petro Poroshenko (2nd L), German chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Russian president Vladimir Putin talk after a group photo during the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Benouville, France. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters.

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko held their first face-to-face talks today on the sidelines of a D-Day (...)

John Kerry spoke yesterday to Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan who, said White House press secretary Jay Carney, welcomed the secretary of state’s offer to send a team to assist his government in the search for the schoolgirls . Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA 1:00

The United States government has said that it is preparing to send a team to help the Nigerian government find almost 300 girls kidnapped from their s(...)

CIA director John Brennan

It is five years since US president Barack Obama ended the controversial renditions, interrogations and detention programme led by the Central (...)