Percy Dukelow lived in London for 20 years, working in the building industry. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

By the end of 1997 Frank Snellings and his wife, Mary Landrieu, had endured almost four gruelling years in US politics. Landrieu, a Democrat, had t(...)

American aid worker Alan Gross, a former Cuban prisoner released on humanitarian grounds, speaks at a news conference with his wife Judy Gross in Washington DC yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama said the US has chosen to “cut loose the shackles of the past” by normalising relations with Cuba and re-opening economic ties(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush. He  is the first Republican to announce formally that he is exploring a candidacy. Photograph: Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Jeb Bush, the son and young brother of former US presidents, has fired up the next race for the White House by announcing that he will “actively ex(...)

 Sony studios in Culver City, California: The studio’s reputation has suffered considerable damage in the wake of leaked emails that have proved extremely damaging. Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg

Hollywood giant Sony Pictures Entertainment has gone on the offensive for the first time in the hacked-and-leaked emails scandal, warning US media aga(...)

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella: the company has argued that access to the certain data requires a petition to an Irish District Court. Photograph: Stephen Brashear/Getty

Microsoft’s rivals and other US technology companies have supported the software giant in a legal bid to stop the US government obtaining customer in(...)

Demonstrators fill Pennsylvania Avenue as they march towards the US Capitol building during the national Justice For All march against police violence in Washington December 13th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters

Two women carried a placard with a picture of their cousin, Darryl Briston, who died of a heart attack in December 2012 after being tasered by police (...)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi en route to Capitol Hill, where she sais she was “enormously disappointed” with the president’s relaxation of post-crisis banking rules. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times 0:50

The US House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion (€887 billion) budget just hours before the government was due to shut down at midnigh(...)

Former US president George W Bush and his vice president Dick Cheney, who has dismissed a Senate  intelligence committee report on the ‘brutal’ CIA torture of al-Qaeda detainees during their administration as ‘full of crap’. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Dick Cheney, George W Bush’s vice president, has dismissed the US Senate report on the “brutal” CIA torture of al-Qaeda detainees during his administr(...)

US president Barack Obama  is unlikely to heed external calls for CIA torturers to be held to account and prosecuted.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The firestorm sparked by the US Senate report into brutal CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects during the George W Bush era and claims that the agency lie(...)

US president Barack Obama, seen through a teleprompter,  at the White House in Washington yesterday, where he announced new actions to invest in and expand access to high-quality early learning opportunities across the country. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Simon CarswellWashington CorrespondentThe firestorm sparked by the US Senate report into brutal CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects during the George W B(...)