Donald Trump: asked whether John McCain was owed an apology, Mr Trump told ABC talk show This Week: “No, not at all.” Photograph:  Joshua Lott/New York Times

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has stirred controversy again after questioning the war record of Republican senator John McCain, a fo(...)

 President Barack Obama: stressed that there was no alternative to the deal. Photograph: Getty Images

The tough negotiations leading to a nuclear deal with Iran may have concluded in Vienna, but the hard work on selling the agreement to sceptical Repub(...)

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, at a press conference in response to the Iran nuclear deal. Photograph; Andrew Harnik/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama faces stormy weeks ahead as he must convince fellow Democrats and Republicans at home and disgruntled allies in the Middle E(...)

Inspectors concluded the wooden beams supporting the Berkeley balcony became “severely dry-rotted”. Photograph: AP

The parents of a student killed in last month’s balcony collapse in California have told Berkeley city officials that a proposed change in building ru(...)

Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker, pictured last January, who has joined a crowded field of Republican prospective candidates in the 2016 US presidential election. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has become the 15th major Republican to enter the race for the White House, formally announcing his long-anticipated (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: “If in the end we are able to reach a deal, it has to be one that can withstand the test of time. It is not a test of a matter of days, or weeks, or months. It is a test for decades. That is our goal here.” Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

As protracted negotiations to agree an elusive nuclear deal with Iran entered a 13th day, US secretary of state John Kerry said real progress had b(...)

Man  holds a confederate battle flag and Bible outside the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, on Thursday, just hours before Gov Nikki Haley signed a Bill to remove the flag from statehouse grounds. Photograph: Jason Miczek/Reuters

The Confederate battle flag, which has reignited a national debate since last month’s killings of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina, is to b(...)

Bill Cosby: the comedian admitted a decade ago that he drugged women for sex using quaaludes. Photograph:  Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Bill Cosby’s endearing image as the ideal American dad Dr Heathcliff Huxtable from his 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show has taken a further battering after(...)

Kathleen Snavely, the oldest living Irish person who died in New York state on Monday at the age of 113. Her grandniece attributed Ms Snavely’s long life to hard work, love, family and the odd Manhattan cocktail. Photograph: Syracuse University Archives.

The grandniece of Kathleen Snavely, the oldest living Irish person who died in New York state on Monday at the age of 113, attributed her long life to(...)

Melvin Galle Jr (41) and Keith M Galle (34) have been charged with attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery over the shooting of Brian Hanrahan (30) from Co Tipperary on January 27th.

Two brothers accused of robbing and shooting an Irish garda while he was on holiday in New Orleans in January will stand trial separately in October, (...)