Election posters outside Government Buildings in Dublin as the 2016 general election campaign gets underway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Crowdfunding may be more commonly associated with the latest innovations and technology – or indeed cat cafes – but it has also been used to good effe(...)

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich  in the spin room after the Republican candidates’ debate in New Hampshire. Photograph: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Some New Hampshirites have stopped answering their phones. The calls come several times a day from pollsters asking how they will vote in Tuesday’s “f(...)

Syrians fleeing the northern  city of Aleppo wait  in Bab Al-Salam, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey is under pressure to admit 40,000 Syrians who have been camped on the border between the two countries after fleeing the biggest Syrian governm(...)

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: Bernie Sanders’s populist surge has led some top Democrats to wonder if Barack Obama will have to step in and endorse her campaign. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Hillary Clinton first grabbed the national spotlight 47 years ago as an idealistic young feminist, chiding the paternalistic establishment in her Well(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) confers with fellow candidate Marco Rubio(right) during a break in the Republican presidential candidates debate on Saturday at St Anselm’s College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photograph: Getty

Republican contender Marco Rubio struggled at a presidential debate on Saturday at the worst possible time, potentially confounding his bid to emerge(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a rocket firing drill by anti-aircraft units of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), in this undated file photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang last November. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea may launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the t(...)

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally in Claremont on Tuesday. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

The idea that young female voters would like to see a woman in the White House, yet they vote for a 74-year-old male senator, speaks volumes about the(...)

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, listens to a question during a Democratic debate on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has defended her close ties with Wall Street, saying she did not regret taking $675,000 (€609,000) in (...)

A video grab taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows British prime minister David Cameron as he addresses MPs in the House of Commons in London on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/PRU

Conservative MPs should ignore their constituents or what they feel may be “advantageous” and vote “with their hearts” in the referendum on Britain’s(...)

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio waves to supporters. Photograph:  Dave Kaup/Reuters

Donald Trump is a loser. He won’t like being called that but he is, missing out in Iowa’s caucuses, the crucial first vote in the Republican president(...)