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(...)

Documentation arising from the investigation of David  Drumm by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement has  been sent to the US authorities.

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm faces an expensive legal battle if he decides to fight any attempt to extradite him to Ireland. S(...)

The legislation approving the construction of the $8 billion (€6.7bn) pipeline is expected to pass the Republican-controlled Senate where the Bill has 60 co-sponsors. Photograph: Scott Dalton/Bloomberg

US president Barack Obama would veto legislation that approves the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, the White House (...)

Workers transport wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at the site of the aircraft crash near the village of Hrabove in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, earlier this month. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

It was just what relatives of the 298 passengers and crew who died on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 did not need to hear. Days before Christm(...)

A file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The country is reportedly experiencing serious internet problems amid a row with the US over a hacking incident, with experts saying that online access is ‘totally down’. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters. 1:10

North Korea is experiencing serious internet problems, with experts saying that online access is “totally down”.It is not immediately clear if the int(...)

American pilot says he transported passengers to locations near CIA-run secret prisons. Photograph: David Burnett/Pool via The New York Times

Secret US military flights that refuelled in Shannon during America’s “war on terror” were never checked at the airport, according to a former pilot w(...)

Senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Interrogations of CIA detainees were brutal and far worse than the agencyadmitted, and conditions of confinement were harsher than it claimed.The agen(...)

An  undated handout file photo provided by the FBI of  Adnan Shukrijumah. The Pakistan military issued a statement saying he  was killed in a raid in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area. Photograph: FBI

Pakistani soldiers have killed a top al-Qaeda operative who was charged in the United States for his alleged involvement in a plot to bomb New York’s (...)

A man makes his way through rubble at a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa. Photograph: Nour Fourat/Reuters.

Syria has said US accusations that its forces are targeting civilians with air strikes are “fabricated” and that Washington would do better to critic(...)

 Capitol police lead away a protestor after he and three others were removed from the Senate Gallery for shouting during a vote on the XL Pipeline in the US Capitol in Washington DC. Photograph: EPA

Republican prospects of increasing their US Senate majority were boosted when a Bill approving the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipe(...)