US president Barack Obama receives his ballot paper as he takes part in early voting in the Senate midterm elections at a polling station in Chicago. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

On Monday, Barack Obama went home to Chicago to vote. “I love voting,” he said as he cast his ballot early for the upcoming November 4th midterm el(...)

Donating millions of dollars to the election campaign coffers of Republican candidates, the Koch brothers attempt to influence policy in the direction of their agenda to lower taxes and limit the role of government. Photograph: Gordon M. Grant/The New York Times

In Wichita, Kansas, locals are reluctant to speak about Charles and David Koch, the conservative billionaire industrialists whom Republicans count (...)

Republican US senator Pat Roberts cradles a baby after speaking at a Conservative Revival in Gardner, Kansas. Photograph: Dave Kaup/Reuters

Herbie Hopper is standing on a busy roadside in Wichita, Kansas, holding one end of a large yellow flag. It shows a picture of a coiled rattlesnake(...)

A health worker takes the temperature of US marines arriving to take part in Operation United Assistance near Monrovia, Liberia, yesterday. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Macedonian authorities have has said they are checking for the Ebola virus in a British man who died within hours of being admitted to hospital in the(...)

The evidence is that the top rate of tax in Ireland at 52 (55 per cent for self-employed) is not out of line with other EU and OECD countries.

Wilbur Mills who was chair of the powerful US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee for 17 years said “Don’t tax him. Don’t tax me. Tax th(...)

Julia Pierson: resigned as US secret service director  following a series of major security breaches around President Barack Obama. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The latest revelation exposing another security breach on the US secret service’s watch – that a private contractor armed with a gun accompanied Presi(...)

Burqa-clad women wanting to observe parliamentary proceedings in Australia will be forced to watch in glass enclosures away from other members of the (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he would convey to the US vice president Joe Biden and secretary of state John Kerry in meetings today ‘the deep sense of frustration on the part of the Irish community that expectations have been raised in the past and ultimately not realised’. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

The time for overhauling US immigration laws benefiting an estimated 50,000 illegal Irish has “long passed,” Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Ch(...)

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer (right) is charged with aggravated assault in connection with two alleged incidents of domestic violence. Photograph: Brad Penner/Reuters

The National Football League’s woes continue to mount after another professional American footballer was arrested on domestic violence charges, addin(...)

President Barack Obama addresses US soldiers about his strategy to fight the Islamic State at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, yesterday. Photograph: Brian Blanco/EPA

US president Barack Obama has insisted that his strategy to destroy Islamic State (IS) fighters would not involve sending US armed forces into anothe(...)