The fight over the sweeping domestic spying powers, revealed in media leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, has moved to the Senate where majority leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans want the Patriot Act bulk collection extended until 2020. Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

The US Senate is facing intense pressure to enact a law maintaining the power to track telephone calls as part of counterterrorism efforts before the(...)

Potential Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  at Columbia University in New York. Ms Clinton has  voiced her support for immigration reform in the US during a fundraising function. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

America’s immigration problem needs to be addressed, in a way that helps families, potential Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has sa(...)

A rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this month after more than 20 Ethiopian Christians were killed by Islamic State. Photograph: AFP Photo /Zacharias Abubeker

Islamic State militants have slit the throats of five journalists working for a Libyan TV station in the eastern part of the country, an army commande(...)

US senator Marco Rubio has announced that he is to seek the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.  Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US senator Marco Rubio of Florida told top donors that he will run for the White House because he is “uniquely qualified” to represent the Republican (...)

The nitrogen method of execution would require an inmate to be placed in a sealed chamber or to wear a special mask. The process would involve slowly replacing oxygen with nitrogen.  Photograph: Federal Bureau of Prisons/Reuters

The Oklahoma senate on Thursday passed a bill that would allow nitrogen gas as an execution method, a measure adopted after the flawed 2014 lethal-inj(...)

Indiana senate president David Long (left) and house speaker Brian Bosma during a press conference at the Capitol in Indianapolis. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

Republicans stepped back from Indiana’s “religious freedom” law as state lawmakers moved to change the legislation amid uproar that the anti-gay stat(...)

President Barack Obama with Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu. The White House has castigated  Netanyahu for comments made on the election stump. Photograph:  Jason Reed/Reuters

It is fair to say that relations between the United States and Israel are at their poorest in decades. Allegations of spying, interference in domestic(...)

Enda Kenny: “There’s an issue about the waiver scheme and the way it applies.” Photograph: Bloomberg

The Taoiseach, at the end of his remarks in the Oval Office next to Barack Obama, noted that it was “unique for a country as small as Ireland to ha(...)

US president Barack Obama receiving a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House in 2012. The two men will meet again in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

From afar it is easy to be cynical about the green beer and tweed caps of the celebration of St Patrick’s Day in the United States, but that cynici(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Simon Carswell in AtlantaTaoiseach Enda Kenny started his St Patrick’s Day trip to the United States by telling an audience of businesspeople in Atlan(...)