Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the US’s national bird. He described the bald eagle as a “bird of bad moral character”. Photograph: Larry W Smith/ EPA

The US National Turkey Federation estimates that 46 million turkeys were eaten on Thanksgiving Day last Thursday. In a recent survey, it also(...)

 President Barack Obama pardons Abe the turkey, accompanied by National Turkey Federation chairman Jihad Douglas (r) and turkey farmer Joe Hedden at the White House. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A day after saying that Turkey had a right to defend its air space, US president Barack Obama offered an olive branch to another turkey, pardoning a b(...)

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) staff walk along a corridor in the damaged  hospital in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz. Photograph:  Najim Rahim/AFP/Getty Images

The US military inquiry has blamed “human error” for an American aircraft bombing a Medecins San Frontieres medical clinic in the Afghan city of Kundu(...)

Bagpipers march during the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York on March 17 of this year.  The board of directors behind the parade has complained to the New York State Attorney General about the alleged misuse of its funds dating back to 2010. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images.

The board of directors behind Manhattan’s famous St Patrick’s Day parade has complained to the New York State Attorney General about the allege(...)

Chicago police officers line up  during a protest for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot and killed in October 2014. Photograph. Paul Beaty/AP Photo

Chicago is bracing itself for more unrest as the city reacted to the release on Tuesday of a video showing a knife-wielding black teenager being sho(...)

French president Francois Hollande talks with Barack Obama during a meeting at the Oval Office in  the White House. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

France and the United States have agreed to step up their fight against Islamic State, pledging to increase co-operation and expand air strikes agains(...)

 Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm: his bankruptcy appeal is now lost, and one argument supporting his continued detention, pending his extradition hearing, has been strengthened with a second damning rule from a US judge.

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm is in a bigger fight to stop his extradition to Ireland to face criminal charges, but he has just (...)

President Obama last year criticised US firms for becoming “magically” Irish through takeovers

It’s not us, it’s you. This should be the response to any political criticism directed Ireland’s way as multinationals swap American head-office addre(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm and his wife Lorraine Drumm. File photograph: Josh Reynolds/The Irish Times

A US court has rejected an appeal by former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm against his failed bankruptcy bid, claiming that a judge made(...)

Donald Trump: criticised in tweets by Democratic mayor of New Jersey and Republican former governor of New York.   Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Businessman Donald Trump, the poll leader in the race to be Republican presidential nominee, has drawn fire again by claiming that “thousands and t(...)