Kaci Hickox returns to her home  after going for a bike ride with boyfriend.  Photograph: Ashley L Conti/Reuters

An American nurse at the centre of a dispute about how the US should respond to Ebola has defied a quarantine by leaving her home for a bike ride, pa(...)

US President Barack Obama awards Ben Bradlee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the White House. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP photo

US president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry were among those to pay tribute to renowned former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, a l(...)

Ben Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post’s exposure of the Watergate scandal, in his office in Washington, 1971. Bradlee, stamped in American culture as the quintessential newspaper editor of his era, died yesterday. He was 93. Photograph: Mike Lien/The New York Times

Tributes were paid last night to Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, a lion of American journalism, on his death at the age of 93.Mr Bradlee famously (...)

Developer Seán Dunne and his wife, Gayle Killilea Dunne (right). Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The son and wife of bankrupt developer Seán Dunne have cleared the final hurdle in the planning process to build their $22 million (€17 million) propo(...)

US president Barack Obama receives his ballot paper as he takes part in early voting in the Senate midterm elections at a polling station in Chicago. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

On Monday, Barack Obama went home to Chicago to vote. “I love voting,” he said as he cast his ballot early for the upcoming November 4th midterm el(...)

John Kerry has appointed Gary Hart as a special envoy to Northern Ireland. Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

The United States has appointed former senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart as an envoy to Northern Ireland to play “a direct, on-the-ground d(...)

An explosion rocks Kobani city centre yesterday during a reported suicide car bomb attack by Islamic State militants group. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry justified the first air drop of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, Syria, (...)

US president Barack Obama, vice president Joe Biden and Mr Biden’s son Hunter  at basketball game in  January 2010. Hunter Biden was discharged from the US Navy Reserve earlier this year after testing positive for cocaine, sources familiar with the matter have said. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Hunter Biden, the younger son of US vice president Joe Biden, was thrown out of the military in February after testing positive for cocaine, according(...)

President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the fight against the Ebola virus during a meeting with his Ebola Response Team in the Oval Office at the White House yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

President Barack Obama is considering stepping up the US response to the Ebola crisis by appointing an “Ebola czar” to lead efforts against the diseas(...)

US president Barack Obama: called a meeting this week over growing Ebola crisis. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Barack Obama has drawn criticism this past year for not changing his travel or holiday plans when crises struck. Neither the rise of Islamic State mil(...)