Pope Francis   with US vice-president Joe Biden. Photograph: AFP Photo/Osservatore Romano

For the second time in this US election year, a senior Democratic figure, on Friday, dropped in on Pope Francis at the Vatican.   Two weeks’ ag(...)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) and his wife Mary Pat (R) listen as Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during Trump’s five state primary night event in New York City on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Donald Trump declared himself “the presumptive nominee” to stand as the Republican candidate in November’s presidential election after a clean sweep o(...)

Prime minister David Cameron and president Barack Obama on the links together at The Grove, a golf course in Watford, England. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

A trade deal between Britain and the United States could take five to 10 years to negotiate if Britain votes to leave the European Union in a June 23 (...)

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts as rival candidate Senator Bernie Sanders tries to hand her a piece of paper during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. Photograph: Reuters

Brooklyn was the scene of the latest flashpoint between the Democratic presidential candidates as front-runner Hillary Clinton and challenger Bernie S(...)

A bird lands on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ podium as he speaks in Portland, Oregon.  Photograph: Natalie Behring/Getty Images

Democratic US presidential contender Bernie Sanders easily won nominating contests in Alaska and Washington on Saturday, chipping away at front-runner(...)

Donald Trump speaks at a conference in Washington last week. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

On a visit to the US last week, the coverage of the presidential primaries was unavoidable as the various networks and newspapers immersed themselves (...)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Palm Beach after winning the Florida primary. Photograph: EPA

Republican candidate Donald Trump scored more big victories in his bid to be the party’s presidential nominee, winning the key state of Florida and kn(...)

Micheal Martin TD leader of Fianna Fail and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the annual turning on of the Christmas Tree lights in Leinster House last December. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

I’ve been doing a bit of digging into the election manifestoes of our two largest political parties to get a handle on how Herculean a task it might b(...)

Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto has said that comments by the US presidential candidate Donald Trump (pictured) have damaged relationships between the two countries, and compared Trump’s strident tone to those of fascist leaders Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Photograph: Sean Rayford/Getty Images.

Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto has said that comments by the US presidential candidate Donald Trump have damaged relationships between the two (...)

Republican presidential candidate hopefuls Donald Trump and Ted Cruz  greet each following a debate sponsored by on March 3rd, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz split victories in four nominating contests with front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday, bolstering Mr Cruz’s (...)