Us president Barack Obama meets with Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the  White House in  2011. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry, in an unprecedented snub, have made it clear that they will not meet with Israeli prime(...)

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan has said he did not think Republicans, who control the US Congress following their victories in November’s midterm elections, would be able to stop US president Barack  Obama’s orders shielding four million illegal immigrants from deportation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is still trying to clarify whether illegal Irish will be able to return home outside of emergencies under President Barack Obama’s rece(...)

Emboldened: President Barack Obama after his State of the Union address. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Republicans have invited Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress about Iran, defying President Barack Obama’s warnings not to i(...)

US president Barack Obama and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu after meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington DC, in 2010. File photograph: Ron Sachs/Getty Images

US House of Representatives speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consultin(...)

US president Barack Obama’s speech will allow him to update Americans on the threat of Islamist extremists, two weeks after 17 people were killed in attacks in France. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Getty Images

President Barack Obama aims in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to outline his plans to help middle class people left behind by the economic(...)

President Barack Obama: the House of Representatives has voted to overturn his orders from November protecting millions of illegal immigrants from deportation

The Republican-led House of Representatives has voted to overturn President Obama’s orders from November protecting millions of illegal immigrants (...)

US Speaker of the House John Boehner. A former employee at Mr Boehner’s country club has been indicted on a charge of threatening to murder the politician. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

A former barman has been indicted on a charge of threatening to murder House of Representatives speaker John Boehner, by either poisoning his drink at(...)

Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee in the 2012 US presidential election, told donors that he is considering seeking the GOP candidacy for 2016. File photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

It’s only the second week in January in a non-election year and 22 months until the next US presidential ballot but already the challengers for the Re(...)

Affable US vice-president Joe Biden sweet-talked wives, cooed at children and kissed daughters. “I like kids better than people,” he was heard to say. Photograph: Reuters

Joe Biden has a mouth that can sometimes land him in hot water, but the jocular US vice-president came into his own at the Senate ceremonial swearing-(...)

A resident reacts in surprise as President Barack Obama walks up to her home, part of a housing subdivision he was visiting in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Republicans have launched their first attack on US president Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation since taking control of the US Congress.(...)