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(...)

People gather for a candlelit vigil at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park. Unlike in mainland China, Hong Kong can freely mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square. Photograph: Reuters

China’s annual bout of state-enforced, collective amnesia went into overdrive yesterday on the 25th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on democracy (...)

Brendan Boyle (right) with his brother Kevin, speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and their father, Frank, who is from   Donegal.

Brendan F Boyle says his father still counts and prays in Irish 44 years after leaving Ireland. Frank Boyle left Glencolmcille in the Donegal G(...)

A file image of President Michael D Higgin with former president Mary Robinson at Aras an Uachtarain. Mr Higgins is likely to join Ms Robinson in being conferred with the freedom of Cork city. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins is set to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork city. City Lord Mayor, Cllr Catherine Clancy will next week ask coun(...)

US President Barack Obama with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Friday, March 14th, 2014. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has issued a direct plea in Capitol Hill to the speaker of the US House of Representatives to quickly forge a deal on immigrat(...)

Huawei is on the verge of becoming a genuine global IT giant. photograph: kiyoshi ota/bloomberg via getty images

The Huawei campus in Shenzhen in southern China is a model of openness and industry as 40,000 mostly young employees happily patrol the 2sq km of the(...)

Members of Adapt, a grassroots disability rights group that supports Obamacare, march in Washington during the US government shutdown today. Photograph:  Gary Cameron/Reuters

The US government launched the centrepiece of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform today, opening online insurance marketplaces across(...)

Iran extends olive branch

The natural scepticism that has greeted Iran’s new and most welcome promise of “serious and substantive” negotiations on its nuclear programme is unde(...)

TaxiBot: pilot-controlled diesel-electric hybrid tug means a jet aircraft’s main engines could be shut down for ground manoeuvring

Change in the world of aviation is not just in the air. It is also on the ground. Surface operations of large aircraft have long been targeted as ripe(...)

A woman shelters herself from the hot sun at a 24-hour vigil calling on Congress to pass  immigration reform. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

The approval of an immigration reform bill by the US Senate was “another step closer” to allowing the undocumented Irish to “emerge from the shadows”,(...)