A polar bear keeps close to her young along the Beaufort Sea coast in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. US president Barack Obama’s proposal would be the largest designation of wilderness since the Wilderness Act in the 1960. Photograph: Susanne Miller/Reuters

A senior White House official has criticised a Republican senator from Alaska and the state’s congressional representatives for their strong disapp(...)

 Tourists walk over the Brooklyn Bridge ahead of the storm.  Photograph: Andrew Kelly/EPA

The northeastern United States is steeling itself as Winter Storm Juno hits, with meteorologists predicting more than two feet of snow in the region s(...)

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan has said he did not think Republicans, who control the US Congress following their victories in November’s midterm elections, would be able to stop US president Barack  Obama’s orders shielding four million illegal immigrants from deportation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is still trying to clarify whether illegal Irish will be able to return home outside of emergencies under President Barack Obama’s rece(...)

Emboldened: President Barack Obama after his State of the Union address. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Republicans have invited Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress about Iran, defying President Barack Obama’s warnings not to i(...)

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address, in the House Chamber of the Capitol Building in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times 2:12

A lighter moment in Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night came when he said that he had “no more campaigns to run.” The statement drew (...)

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union speech before members of Congress on January 20th, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images 2:12

President Barack Obama used his sixth annual State of the Union address last night to declare that the United States had turned the page on unpopular (...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief David Drumm Drumm sold his house for $3.88m in 2011 pursuant to an agreement between his bankruptcy trustee and wife Lorraine. Photograph: Josh Reynolds/The Irish Times

A Massachusetts bank has notified a US bankruptcy court that debts owed by former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm totalling just over €1 (...)

President Barack Obama Last year he singled out Ireland for criticism, saying some US firms had “magically” become Irish through takeovers

Closing the “Double Irish” tax loophole was “more than overdue” and must be followed by further actions, one of the US Congress’s most vocal critics (...)

Proposed taxes would help fund another progressive initiative that US president Barack  Obama announced earlier this month: two years of free community college education for an estimated nine million students. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP Photo/Getty Images

President Barack Obama will on Tuesday night use his state of the union address, the annual declaration of his legislative hopes, to rally support for(...)

 IMF managing director Christine Lagarde: “As a principle, collective endeavours are welcome but at the same time a debt is a debt and it is a contract.”  Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo. 3:13

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has given a cool response to the idea of a European conference to ease the debt bur(...)