Former US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Mr Rooney stood down in late 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke

The United States has been without an ambassador in Ireland for 15 months now, the longest period the country has not had a top diplomat in Dub(...)

Caroline Kennedy: the assignment would vault her into the kind of public life that her father and uncles pursued for decades. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

President Barack Obama plans to name Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F Kennedy, as the next US ambassador to Japan, a(...)