Pedestrians walk on Amsterdam Avenue on Sunday in New York city. Most of New York’s streets were cleaned up overnight after a huge snow storm hit the mid-Atlantic states. Photograph: Getty

New York city has slowly emerged from a massive blizzard that paralysed much of the US east coast, while snowy gridlock gripped the nation’s capital (...)

US president Barack Obama waves at the start of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on anuary 20th, 2015. Photograph:  Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Barack Obama will stand on the dais of the US House of Representatives tonight to deliver his final State of the Union in a speech that is being previ(...)

Photograph released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows Kim Jong-Un signing a document for a hydrogen bomb test in Pyongyang. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

North Korea drew threats of further sanctions from the UN after claiming to have tested a nuclear bomb on Wednesday The underground explosion trigger(...)

Paul Ryan: “I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker,” he wrote to Republican lawmakers.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Republican Representative Paul Ryan officially jumped into the race for speaker of the US House of Representatives on Thursday after nailing down cruc(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan spoke about the plight of undocumented Irish in the US. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the plight of undocumented Irish in the US is “not just a St Patrick’s Day issue”. Along with T(...)

Two former Irish-American congressman have called on Northern Ireland’s parties and the British and Irish governments to seek a compromise on the budg(...)

Dennis Hastert, speaker of the US House of Representatives from 1999-2007, allegedly paid an individual from his hometown of Yorkville $3.5 million (€3.2 million) to “compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct”. File photograph: Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images

Former speaker of the US House of Representatives Dennis Hastert has been charged with lying to the FBI and evading banking laws over the alleged paym(...)

Panti raises her arms with supporters for same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

Tributes and expressions of pride continued to come from political figures in the United States on Saturday in response to Ireland’s unprecedented pop(...)

The proposed whistleblower incentive  follows controversies over defective General Motors ignition switches and Takata air bag inflators.

A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a US Senate panel on T(...)

US House majority leader Eric Cantor (above) has  lost his seemingly-safe primary to David Brat, a Tea Party-affiliated political novice with a strident anti-immigration message - an upset that could have major implications for the push to overhaul immigration in Congress. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

The second-highest ranking Republican in the US House of Representatives was beaten by a hard-right Tea Party candidate in a shock result in the lates(...)