Outgoing US health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks after President Barack Obama (left) announced his nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace her, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

US health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius departed yesterday as the White House seeks to limit(...)

A group of Chevrolet Camaro cars for sale at a car dealership in Los Angeles. General Motors Co CEO Mary Barra on Tuesday called her company’s slow response to at least 13 deaths linked to faulty ignition switches “unacceptable”. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

General Motors said it has submitted most of the answers that US safety regulators sought from the carmaker about a defective ignition switch l(...)

Bob Gordon (left) and Bob Butler paint crosses they placed in front of 16 American flags as they build a memorial in front of Central Christian Disciples of Christ church for the victims of the shooting at Fort Hood on April 3rd, 2014 in Killeen, Texas. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The soldier who killed three people and wounded 16 at the Fort Hood military post in Texas on Wednesday before turning the gun on himself had visit(...)

“Congress was designed so that it can agree very quickly if the country agrees and if the country doesn’t, it really grinds to a halt,” said congressman John Delaney. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Three of John Delaney’s grandparents were born in Ireland – his grandmothers were named Lynch and Barlow – but the New Jersey-born US congressm(...)

New Day Ministries in Chicago, the former home of Holy Rosary Church, where US president Barack Obama once held a small office. Obama started his political activism as a community organiser working with the archdiocese of Chicago. Photograph: Taylor Glascock/New York Times service

US president Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in the Vatican today at the end of his European tour in a meeting that could help with his domesti(...)

A worker prepares a security camera outside the Rijksmuseum  in Amsterdam yesterday ahead of US president Barack Obama’s visit. Obama, who will be attending the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, will visit the Rijksmuseum today. Photograph: Reuters/Cris Toala Olivares

US president Barack Obama arrived in the Netherlands for four days of meetings with European allies in a visit likely to be dominated by the cri(...)

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, take cover behind an armoured vehicle as they attempt to take over a military airbase in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol yesterday. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Russian forces gathering on the border with eastern Ukraine may be poised to invade, the White House warned today, as the government in Kiev said t(...)

Republican congressman Mick Mulvaney

Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended a St Patrick’s Day party hosted by Mick Mulvaney, a member of the far-right Tea(...)

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(...)

The Taoiseach and the president discussed Ireland, the North and Ukraine at their annual meeting in Washington DC. Photograph:  Marty Katz

US president Barack Obama has expressed disappointment at the failure of all-party talks in Northern Ireland to reach a resolution on flags, pa(...)

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