For those of us who remember the 1970s, New York in 2015 is so safe it’s surreal. Photograph: Getty Images

New York, New York, a helluva town. The rents are up, but the crime rate is down. The food is better than ever, and the cultural scene is vib(...)

A suspect is taken into custody outside a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, Colorado . Photograph: Isaiah J. Downing /Reuters

Expressing what has become regularly repeated frustration on the issue, US p resident Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States needs (...)

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the US’s national bird. He described the bald eagle as a “bird of bad moral character”. Photograph: Larry W Smith/ EPA

The US National Turkey Federation estimates that 46 million turkeys were eaten on Thanksgiving Day last Thursday. In a recent survey, it also(...)

President Barack Obama: is celebrating Thanksgiving at the White House. File Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The White House is on lockdown on Thursday after a person jumped the fence, and was immediately caught. Despite the quick capture, the pre(...)

French president Francois Hollande talks with Barack Obama during a meeting at the Oval Office in  the White House. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

France and the United States have agreed to step up their fight against Islamic State, pledging to increase co-operation and expand air strikes agains(...)

A still image  from video footage  shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border. Photograph: EPA

In the blue sky above northern Syria, a dark shape moved. It was a Russian SU-24 attack aircraft. Over the past week, Russian jets based at the Khmeim(...)

 French president Francois Hollande and US president Barack Obama shake hands during a joint news conference at the White House, November 24th, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday the United States and France have agreed to step up strikes in Syria and Iraq to target Islamic Sta(...)

President Obama last year criticised US firms for becoming “magically” Irish through takeovers

It’s not us, it’s you. This should be the response to any political criticism directed Ireland’s way as multinationals swap American head-office addre(...)

Tangier Island, Virginia, in Chesapeake Bay; The island is just 4ft above sea level so it is vulnerable to the vast expanse of water around it. Photograph: Simon Carswell

As James “Ooker” Eskridge drives around Tangier Island, which he has represented as mayor for eight years, he stops his electric golf cart next(...)

 Security forces surround the Radisson Hotel during a hostage situation in  Bamako, Mali on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Malian security forces are hunting “more than three” suspects after a brazen assault on the Radisson Blu hotel in the capital that killed 20 people, m(...)