Martin O’Malley, who is expected to announce his candidacy for US president shortly. Photograph: Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images

Martin O’Malley, a likely contender to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, is due in Dublin on May 24th after cancelling a trip last mon(...)

Barack Obama is trying to quell strong opposition from the Democratic Party’s left flank, including trade union core supporters, who fear the effect of international deals on American jobs. Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/EPA

US president Barack Obama’s hopes of agreeing a major trade agreement with 11 countries around the Pacific suffered defeat at the hands of his own par(...)

Hillary Clinton poses with students and teachers after taking part in a roundtable discussing immigration in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

When Hillary Clinton sets out her stall on a major policy issue, her Republican rivals tend to respond quickly and aggressively, such is her perceived(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: Opponents have claimed his confidence vote method is the same one used by fascist dictator Mussolini. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Despite opposition from within his own Democratic Party (PD), Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi ploughed ahead with his ambitious reform programme (...)

Rioters on West North Avenue in Baltimore. Shops were looted in northwest Baltimore and police were attacked with rocks  hours after Freddie Gray, who has become the nation’s latest symbol of police brutality, was laid to rest. Photograph: Matt Roth/The New York Times 1:26

US president Barack Obama has called on police departments across the country to do some “soul searching” on how they handle black suspects after race(...)

Possible presidential candidate Martin O’Malley: the presidency is “not some crown to be passed between two families”. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The message from Democrats in South Carolina, delivered with that soft southern twang, is this: assume victory here at your peril.It’s 19 months out f(...)

Former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland Martin O Malley, who is speaking at a number of engagements in Ireland today and tomorrow. Photograph: David Sleator

Irish-American politician Martin O’Malley, an expected contender for the Democratic party’s 2016 presidential nomination, has said he believes the Iri(...)

 Archaeologist Howard Carter opening the coffin of Tutankhamen which he discovered in 1922: when a museum worker broke his beard moving the mask, a conservationist simply stuck it back on. Photograph: Time Life Pictures/Mansell/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Earlier this year there were reports of a botched conservation job to one of the world’s most famous artefacts of the ancient world, the magnificent g(...)

The Edward M Kennedy Institute opens on March 30th on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston, dedicated to the late US senator Edward Kennedy, pictured here (front) with Al Gore in 2000. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan paid tribute to late US senator Edward Kennedy at a event in Boston last night ahead of today’s official(...)

A view of Palermo. “Cimarosa officially became the black sheep of the family last month when he publicly denounced Cosa Nostra. He did so, too, on a national stage, speaking in Palermo to the Sicilian ‘Leopolda’, a sort of Democratic Party brains trust”. Photograph: Getty Images

As reporters in Italy, we have all long since learned to understand the term, “Mafia victim”. Usually, we are talking about those brave local politici(...)