Tangier Island, Virginia, in Chesapeake Bay; The island is just 4ft above sea level so it is vulnerable to the vast expanse of water around it. Photograph: Simon Carswell

As James “Ooker” Eskridge drives around Tangier Island, which he has represented as mayor for eight years, he stops his electric golf cart next to the(...)

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told a campaign rally in Tennessee that he would “build a big, beautiful safe zone” inside Syria where people could find refuge.  Photograph: Wade Payne/AP

More than half of America’s states are refusing to accept Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks as Republican presidential contenders propo(...)

French police stand guard as people gather to look at the Eiffel Tower that is lit with the blue, white and red in tribute to the Paris victims. Photograph: Reuters

Like millions of people, I’ve been obsessively following the news from Paris, putting aside other things to focus on the horror. It’s the natural huma(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush serving coffee to military veterans in Johnston, Iowa, to mark Veterans Day. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

They know all about winnowing fields in Iowa, this agricultural state in America’s heartland. Many Republicans are waiting for the party’s large field(...)

Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio and Ben Carson during the Republican Presidential Debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Donald Trump clashed with rivals, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Ohio governor John Kasich in the Republican Party’s fourth presidential debate (...)

Republican presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush (left) and Donald Trump look on during a break in the Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The third debate in the Republican White House race was dominated not by the runaway leaders – outsiders Donald Trump and retired surgeon Ben Carson –(...)

 Jeb Bush (left) listens as senator Marco Rubio makes a point at the 2016 US Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28th, 2015. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Withering put-downs and sharp exchanges dominated the third Republican presidential debate as the one-time frontrunner Jeb Bush came off worst on a(...)

Republican presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Donald Trump: a poll on Tuesday show Carson with a 26 to 22 per cent lead over Trump nationally in the race for the party’s candidacy. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

It’s first-time candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump versus everyone else tonight, as the Republican Party has its third debate (8pm eastern time; (...)

Republican presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Donald Trump during a party debate. Photograph: Frederic J brown/AFP/Getty Images

Ben Carson has placed first in a recent national Republican presidential primary poll, pushing Donald Trump into second place for the first time since(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: the billionaire said he is self-financing his campaign but still yielded $3.8 million from 74,000 donors. Photograph:  Jay Paul/Reuters

It says something about the topsy-turviness of the Republican presidential race that TV star and frontrunner Donald Trump spent more on his “Make Amer(...)