US secretary of state John Kerry presents the Trafficking in Persons Report. It urged Ireland to implement its trafficking law to ensure offenders were held accountable through convictions and dissuasive sentences. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Ireland is using anti-trafficking laws to prosecute crimes unrelated to trafficking, a US state department report has found. The Trafficking in Perso(...)

US president Barack Obama shakes hands with Ethiopia’s president Mulatu Teshome  at the National Palace in Addis Ababa on Monday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

When a young Ethiopian journalist, Simegnish Mengesha, got the chance to meet US president Barack Obama in May, a comment from a high-ranking US offic(...)

Martin McGuinness: wants the US administration to intervene. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is travelling to Washington today to urge the US administration to assist in breaking the deadlock t(...)

Alejandra Tizal, a Mayan teen from the highlands city of Quetzaltenango, was 16 when she left home to try to make a life in the US. Photograph:  Jennifer Hough

Alejandra Tizal was 16 when she made up her mind to go. “I told my family I wanted to go to the US,” says Tizal, from the western highlands city of Qu(...)

The private dealings involving Hillary Clinton and her  advisers were revealed through emails released in response to  her use of a personal email account to conduct US government business. Photograph: Reuters

Hillary Clinton ruled herself out of a panel discussion on Northern Ireland in 2009 involving Irish and British politicians at a meeting of her family(...)

A man watches a television broadcast of US president Barack Obama speaking, in Havana on Wednesday. Mr Obama said the US would increase contacts with the Cuban people and engage with the Havana government, civil society and ordinary Cubans. Photograph: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters

The United States and Cuba have agreed to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, officially restoring diplomatic relations more than a half centur(...)

Ireland’s Ambassador Anne Anderson to the US said she would have preferred if the New York Times had removed from its website an article on the Berkeley tragedy, which she called ‘insensitive’.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland’s Ambassador to the US said she would have preferred if the New York Times had removed from its website an article on the Berkeley tragedy, w(...)

Workers remove part of the fourth floor balcony that fell off at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley. Seven supporting beams gave way. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP

Fr Brendan McBride, who runs San Francisco’s Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre, has been helping Irish students who were at Tuesday’s birthday party i(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton speaking during the Forbes’ 2015 Philanthropy Summit Awards dinner in New York City last week. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Former US president Bill Clinton has insisted that criticism of his family’s charitable foundation is nothing more than “politicking” during an electi(...)

Journalist Ibrahim Aladrawi looks on behind bars with a sign reading “Journalist” taped over his mouth during his court appearance with Muslim Brotherhood members on the outskirts of Cairo, earlier this month. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Egypt summoned the US ambassador in Cairo to show displeasure at Muslim Brotherhood figures coming to Washington for a private conference, sources fam(...)