A girl holds up a poster with pictures of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded by Islamic State in Libya. A series of fatal bombings in Libya on Friday have been linked to the decision to launch airstrikes in response to the beheadings. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters.

Three car bombs ripped through the eastern Libyan city of Qubbah on Friday, killing 40 people and wounding 70.There was no immediate claim of respons(...)

US president Barack Obama meets  a group of “dreamers” – immigrants brought illegally to the US as children.A federal judge in Texas has blocked Mr Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation,   claiming  the president is exceeding his legal authority.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation have been blocked by a US federal judge in Texas(...)

US president Barack Obama: “I am convinced that the United States should not get dragged back into another prolonged ground war in the Middle East,” he said. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress to approve military force against Islamic State (IS) extremists, limiting action to three years and (...)

US president Barack Obama has sent Congress his text for an authorisation to use military force in the campaign against Islamic State. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama has sent Congress his text for an authorisation to use military force in the campaign against Islamic State, limiting operat(...)

President Barack Obama: will next week expand the deferred deportation programme for immigrants brought illegally to the US as children

A flood of applications from illegal immigrants seeking temporary reprieve from deportation are expected from next week as the roll-out of President B(...)

US president Barack Obama wants to introduce a minimum tax of 19 per cent on future overseas earnings of American companies and a mandatory 14 per cent tax on profits accumulated by the firms outside the US in low-tax countries such as Ireland. Photograph: Reuters

President plans to target the foreign earnings and hoarded offshore profits of US multinationals by proposing new taxes that would have major implicat(...)

Activists protest near the Manhattan apartment of billionaire and Republican financier David Koch last June in New York City. The demonstrators were protesting against the campaign contributions by the billionaire Koch brothers. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

With just 646 days to go, the 2016 US presidential race is already starting up and the ring is packed with various Republicans vying to prove who is t(...)

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(...)