Presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with his wife Melania, on Thursday  at the  Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York City. Photograph: Reuters/Carlos Barria

Presidential candidates locked in virtual dead heat in red southern state of Georgia

The average household income of a Trump voter in the primaries was about $72,000. Photographs: Getty Images

Republican nominee’s support base extends to people unaffected by trade or immigration

Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton looks at Republican nominee Donald Trump as he speaks during the Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York, on Thursday. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US presidential candidates trade biting quips at traditional dinner ‘roast’ in New York

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump smiles after making what he said was a major announcement, that he would abide by the election results if he won, to supporters at a campaign rally in Delaware, Ohio. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Obama praises conservatives for rejecting tycoon’s voter fraud claims as ‘nonsense’

 US president Barack Obama speaks during a rally for Hillary Clinton at Florida Memorial University, in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photograph: Cristobal Herrera/EPA

Republican says he reserves right to contest outcome if there is a ‘questionable result’

Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after the  third and final  presidential campaign debate  in Las Vegas. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

In desperate move as he faces defeat, Republican says he may not accept poll result

Trump’s poor rating among minority voters leaves him requiring support of white voters

Sinn Féin leader  Gerry Adams received a US visa in the mid-1990s during the Northern Irish peace process. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Leaked email shows speechwriter’s fear given Sinn Féin leader’s ‘legal troubles’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump  at a rally in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Tuesday. President Barack Obama chided Trump for trying to discredit the elections before votes have even been cast. Photograph: George Frey/Getty Images

No evidence of election rigging, but Republican urges supporters to monitor polling stations

Republican candidate Donald Trump during the final presidential debate at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 19th October 2016. Photograph: Joe Raedle/EPA

Analysis: Republican’s threat to question democratic process marks dangerous turn

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton debates with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the third US presidential debate in Las Vegas. Photograph:  Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Candidate’s extraordinary stance the key moment of fiery final TV debate of campaign

JP McManus: case is over $17.4m in Mr McManus won from US businessman Alec Gores during a backgammon game in California. Photograph: Alan Betson

Charge made during legal action Limerick tycoon is taking to recover withheld €4.7m

Melania Trump with CNN television host Anderson Cooper during an interview in New York,  aired October 17th, 2016. Photograph: CNN/Reuters

Republican’s wife jokes in interview that she has two boys at home: her son and husband

  Hillary Clinton: The Democratic presidential nominee is looking at the potential to expand her electoral map. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowsk/AFP/Getty Images

Democrat sees chance for new offensive in Arizona, Georgia and other red territories

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump with his son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka: Mr Kushner had reportedly discussed the idea for Trump TV with Aryeh Bourkoff, the chief executive of boutique investment bank LionTree who has advised mega-media deals. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Candidate’s son-in-law discussed post-election idea to capitalise on populist campaign

Heroin broke my heart: Cindy Anderson, whose son was an addict. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Ohio is in the grip of a drug epidemic, and voters see Donald Trump’s plan for a wall with Mexico as part of the solution

Chelsea Clinton campaigns for her mother Iowa. In 2011, she had serious concerns about her father’s involvement in a New York   consultancy firm. Photograph: Jim Lee/Sioux City Journal via AP

WikiLeaks draws back curtain on bitter row over Bill Clinton’s connections with Teneo

Jeanne Hoopes (61), a retired school councillor from Rocky River, an affluent western suburb of Cleveland at the Obama ralling in Cleveland, Ohio.  Photograph: Simon Carswell

As voting opens in the US the president asks voters to reject Republican Donald Trump

Marisa Rippey (42), an online retailer, and  her daughter Marisol Petry (16) from Lewis Center, Ohio vote in the US presidential election in  Delaware County. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Voting pattern in swing state of Ohio shows tycoon has alienated huge number of women

Bailey McDaniel wipes off the side of the campaign bus of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before his campaign rally at the South Florida Fair & Expo Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Facing a slew of sexual misconduct claims, Republican accuses media of ‘vicious’ attack

US first ladyMichelle Obama addresses a crowd during a campaign stop at Southern New Hampshire University for  Hillary Clinton. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

US first lady delivers emotional, personal speech admonishing Republican nominee

“Lock her up!”: Anita Fraser inside the local party’s headquarters in Lisbon, Ohio. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Republican revolt against candidate angers supporters in depressed industrial towns

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump holds up signs at a campaign rally in Lakeland, Florida on Wednesday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Party officials change position after polls show unease over remarks softening

Denis O’Brien and Bill Clinton applaud Mary Donohoe, project founder, at a fundraising breakfast for The Rose Project-Aids in Africa, in Dublin in 2005. Photograph: Eric Luke

Businessman emailed Clinton Foundation asking for help with transport of supplies

Supporters cheer during a rally for Donald Trump in  Ambridge, Pennsylvania, on Monday.  Photograph: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

‘What he said was between him and the guys. Women do their locker room talk too. ’

Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan:  Party’s highest-elected official to focus on retaining party’s majority in Congress. Photograph: Getty Images

In aftermath of heated debate, House Speaker declines to campaign for nominee

 Donald Trump looks on as  Hillary Clinton speaks during their presidential debate at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, on Sunday. Photograph:  Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

House speaker Paul Ryan the latest senior GOP figure to dump Donald Trump

Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump  during his presidential town hall debate against Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 9th, 2016. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Trump unleashes the Full Donald in second presidential debate

Student Breckan Erdman carries around a sign on the campus of Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, where the second presidential debate will be held between Republican nominee Donald Trump and his Democrat counterpart Hillary Clinton. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Party in crisis after recordings of tycoon making sexist comments emerge ahead of debate

Donald Trump greets supporters outside of Trump Towers in Manhattan on Saturday. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Republicans call on nominee to step aside but no rules to replace billionaire by force

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shake hands at the conclusion of their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Photograph:  Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Republican candidate breaks new ground with threat to jail his opponent if elected

A still from Donald Trump’s video statement in which he  makes a rare apology for past sexist remarks after a leaked video from 2005 caught him bragging in sexually explicit terms about groping women.

Republican calls leaked tape of his vulgar boasts about groping women ‘a distraction’

 Hillary Clinton and  Donald Trump at the end of the first debate: “If Hillary has another great night and Trump has a bad one,  I don’t think he will   recover from it.” Photograph: Joe Raedle/AFP/Getty Images

Town hall format leaves tycoon with less room to attack in critical second TV debate

Former US vice president and environmental activist Al Gore: the memory of his narrow defeat in 2000 and the effect of third-party candidates will be the message that Democrats will most want to drive home to voters. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

Former vice-president to hit election trail to teach lesson of third-party candidate effect

The Minister of State for Financial Services Eoghan Murphy said not all companies will have hedging arrangements in place. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Contingency funding could help firms with volatility in sterling, says Eoghan Murphy

 The headquarters of  Fox News in New York: in an extraordinary public display of rancour between top-tier news personalities,  Fox anchor Sean Hannity  accused his colleague Megyn Kelly of bias toward Hillary Clinton, writing in a late-night tweet, “Clearly you support her.” Photograph: Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Megyn Kelly accused of backing Clinton for claiming Trump avoids ‘unsafe’ media spaces

This NOAA-Nasa Goes East project satellite image shows Hurricane Matthew on October 6th, 2016 at 1245 UTC in the Caribbean. Some 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders in Florida in preparation for mighty Hurricane Matthew to make a direct hit on the state, the governor said on Thursday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images/NOAA-Nasa Goes East project

Cuba and Haiti hit with 225km/hr winds, destroying villages and flattening homes

Republican Mike Pence (right) and Democrat Tim Kaine during the vice-presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Affable Tim Kaine took one for Team Clinton by serving as her attack dog

Democratic US vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine (left) and Republican  vice presidential nominee Governor Mike Pence during their vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, October 4th, 2016. Photograph: Ruck Wilking/Reuters

Republican VP nominee Mike Pence avoids defending Donald Trump in TV event

Republican US vice presidential nominee Governor Mike Pence speaks during the TV debate on Tuesday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Debate analysis: Republican VP candidate presents strategy for his running mate

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: The Democrat has increased her lead in several polls since first debate. Photograph: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Polls show Democrat leading nationally and in battleground states except Ohio and Iowa

The closer the ties to Ireland, the less likely respondents were to vote for Trump with just 17 per cent of Irish-born respondents saying they would vote for the Republican compared with 42 per cent with “no connection” to Ireland who preferred him as a candidate. Photograph:  Theo Stroomer/Getty Images

US election poll gathered 5,000 responses over 7 days on

Governor Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, is named after his Sligo grandfather Richard Michael Cawley, a Chicago bus driver, with whom he was “especially close”. Photograph: Mark Makela/The New York Times

Both have close ties to Ireland, but senator and governor differ on immigration dispute

Donald Trump meets with military veterans at the Retired American Warriors Town Hall in Herndon, Virginia. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Order requires foundation to stop fundraising in US state

In recognition of the pivotal role the state’s voters will play in the election, Donald Trump headed to Florida for a rally at Melbourne International Airport  after Monday’s first debate. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Florida, the key battleground state in the US presidential election, could decide who wins. It depends on two things – how many pe(...)

Swinging the balance? Supporters of Donald Trump read a newspaper before  the start of a campaign event in York, Pennsylvania, on Thursday. Photograph: Mark Makela/The New York Times

Surprise press endorsements could yet swing election in Hillary Clinton’s favour

Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Universe pageant in 1996, photographed in May  2016. File photograph: Emily Berl/New York Times

Refusal to drop attack on Alicia Machado risks damage to Trump’s standing among women

US president Barack Obama: Members of US Congress voted 97-1 to reject his veto on a Bill that would have allowed relatives of the victims of the September 11th, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. Photograph:  Al Drago/The New York Times

For first time, Democrats join Republicans to support vote overruling president’s veto

Identical twins David and  Michael Lemon attending the Donald Trump rally in Melbourne, Florida. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Feeling on ground in Florida is that bombastic candidate went too easy on Clinton

Donald Trump: “Everything you need to know about Hillary Clinton can be understood with this simple phrase: follow the money.” Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

US Republican presidential nominee draws attention to Clintons’ ties to Wall Street

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump: “I really eased up because I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.” Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Tycoon complains about ‘unfair questions’ and may refer to Bill Clinton’s affairs in future

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump leave the stage after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University on Monday night. Both could salvage positives from the encounter. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton raises doubts about billionaire’s temperament and message of change

Students pose with a backdrop of US Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Monday, where they  were due to hold their first televised debate. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Democrat holds slim lead over Republican rival based on average of opinion polls

The  debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump is expected to set new TV viewership records with some pundits expecting as many as 100 million to tune in. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Nixon V Kennedy, Ford’s Soviet Domination, Reagan quips and famous putdowns feature

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, Monday, September 26th, 2016, in Hempstead, New York. Photograph: AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

Barbs about taxes, women, Iraq and presidential temperament dominated encounter

Analysis: Democratic nominee rattles billionaire who scores poorly in first presidential test

By the numbers: Electoral College ultimately votes for the US president

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump speak during the first presidential debate, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Photograph: Damon Winter/New York Times

Republican candidate’s claims about Barack Obama’s birthplace among contentious exchanges

 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump acknowledges supporters’ cheers during a campaign event at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Photograph: Sara D Davis/Getty Images

Republican nominee’s love of insults might not prove seemly for Hillary Clinton face-off

A CNN vehicle at Hofstra University, viewed through a fence, with  large images of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump plastered on its side. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Election showdown and test of provocation is expected to draw record viewers

Minister Charlie Flanagan speaking at the UN general assembly in New York on Saturday. Photograph: CharlieFlanagan/Twitter

Minister makes pitch for security council seat in address to UN assembly in New York

Unmarked graves of Irish miners who died who died during the Colorado silver rush of 1877-90

America Letter: Cloud City’s forgotten migratory miners to be commemorated at last

Derry Connolly: “This election is a terrible choice”

Six Irish-born US residents explain why they will vote for the billionaire businessman and reality TV star, despite his anti-immi(...)

Hillary Clinton and Zach Galifianakis: “What happens if you become pregnant? Are we going to be stuck with Tim Kaine for nine months?” Galifianakis asked the Democratic candidate. Photograph: Funny or Die

Democrat’s support among young voters, a key part of the Obama coalition, has slumped

Police officers face off with protesters following the death of a man shot by a police officer  in Charlotte. Photograph: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Deaths of black men in Charlotte and Tulsa renew heated debate on use of police force

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, speaking in Toledo, Ohio,  on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

Republican rejects report he used $258,000 from his charity to settle business disputes

Bono appeared in an interview with Charlie Rose on US network CBS

U2 front man says Republican is ‘potentially the worst idea that ever happened to US’

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan: “I regret that it is outside of the control of the Irish Government that the reception of refugees on our part is lower than anticipated, lower than we would like.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister reiterates commitment to taking in 4,000 people fleeing Middle East war

European Commission vice-president Kristalina Georgieva with Unicef Ireland Natcom youth delegates Natasha Maimba and Minahil Sarfraz. Photograph: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Unicef

Pupils living happily in the Irish midlands wanted to tell their stories in New York

 Frances Fitzgerald addresses the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants, in the Trusteeship Council Chamber of the United Nations. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

Tánaiste says 870 people will be resettled in Ireland by the end of the year

US police officers place a man they identified as Ahmad Khan Rahami in an ambulance in Linden, New Jersey. Photograph: Anthony Genaro/Reuters

Naturalised Afghan citizen Ahmad Khan Rahami (28) arrested in New Jersey

An Oxfam worker holds lifejackets  collected from the beaches of Chios, Greece and used by adults and children. They are on display at the Brooklyn Bridge park ahead of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York on Monday. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Meeting of 193 UN member states in New York will address global refugee crisis

FBI agents  after the explosion on West 23rd Street in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood. Photograph: Louis Lanzano/The New York Times

Pipe bomb goes off in New Jersey and nine people stabbed in Minnesota in US attacks

 Police, firefighters and emergency workers  at the scene of the explosion in Manhattan. Photograph: Getty

All injured released from hospital; pressure cooker bomb found near blast site examined

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak to supporters at a rally  in Asheville, North Carolina. Photograph:  Brian Blanco/Getty Images

Republican fleshes out his pledges with economic plan to convince his electoral base

President Barack Obama:  “I was pretty confident about where I was born,” he said. “I think most people were as well.”Photograph: the New York Times

Republican acknowledges president was born in US and offers new Clinton falsehood

Donald Trump on ‘The Dr Oz Show’: billionaire said when he speaks “in front of 15,000 people and I’m up there using a lot of motion, I guess in its own way it’s a pretty healthy act”. Photograph:   Sony Pictures Television/Reuters

Clinton returns to campaign trail after three days off with speech on family leave

Former   secretary of state Colin Powell with  Hillary Clinton in 2014: In emails published online on Wednesday he called Mrs Clinton “greedy, not transformational” and Donald Trump “a national disgrace” and “international pariah,” and said that Bill Clinton, a president he worked for, was “still d***ing bimbos at home,” referring to his past extramarital dalliances. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Former secretary of state opens up on candidates in hacked emails ‘linked to Russian intelligence’

Lara Trump, daughter-in-law of US presidential candidate Donald Trump, attends the opening of the Republican National Committee’s “victory office” in south Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Businessman embarks on fresh push to close historic poll deficit with key Republican bloc

Colin Powell: the former secretary of state and retired four-star general called Donald Trump a “national disgrace” and “international pariah” in a leaked email. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton’s bout of pneumonia turns spotlight on health of both candidates

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, speaks during a campaign event at the Seven Flags Event Center in Clive, Iowa. Photograph:  Damon Winter/The New York Times

Republican’s failure to disclose tax returns and Democrat’s illness cover-up scrutinised

 Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign event   in Asheville,  north Carolina:  Hillary Clinton may have expressed regret for calling half of those  backing her  rival  “a basket of deplorables . . . the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic”, but neither Trump  or his fans will be forgetting her remarks any time soon. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Republican fires at Democrat using gaffe to draw support in critical swing state

 Democratic presidential nominee  Hillary Clinton leaves the home of her daughter Chelsea  on Sunday. She had  left a September 11th commemoration ceremony early after feeling overheated and went to her daughter’s house to rest. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Democratic candidate’s pneumonia makes her health more than a fringe-media concern

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire:  diplomatic push.  Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA

No plans for ‘hard borders’ following Brexit vote, NI Secretary reassures US politicians

Trump needs big swing-state victories to narrow Clinton’s lead in electoral votes

The Flight 93 memorial, overlooking a granite path that marks the plane’s final course in Pennsylvania, US. Photograph: Simon Carswell

9/11 crash site museum captures the plane’s final moments in wrenching detail

Barack Obama drinks from a coconut in Laos as the first visit by a US president to the southeast Asian country continued on Wednesday. He faced criticism in the US over payments to Iran. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump accuses US president of lying about ‘ransom’ paid to Tehran for prisoners

Hillary Clinton aboard her campaign plane yesterday. After polling strongly following the Democratic convention, the nominee is falling behind Donald Trump in some polls. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Republican narrows Democrat’s advantage but electoral college still shading a blue hue

Trump’s people: Leslie Rossi and her Donald Trump cut-out at the Trump House in Youngstown, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Blue-collar workers in western Pennsylvania have seen their fortunes decline sharply. They want Donald Trump to become president. (...)

John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, announces a series of steps to atone for institution’s sale of 272 slaves in 1838, at the school in Washington. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/the New York Times

Washington college to strip names of Irish-American Jesuits from two buildings

FBI investigators said Hillary Clinton used 13 mobile devices during her four-year stint at the state department but her lawyers told them that they were unable to locate any of them. Photograph: Ty Wright/Bloomberg

Documents provide more damaging material for Donald Trump

Donald Trump greets members of the American Legion after speaking  at its convention  in Cincinnati on Thursday. He said if elected he would be “uncompromising” in defence of the US. Photograph: Ty Wright/Bloomberg

Republican nominee thinks he can win US presidential election with only white voters

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump unveils his 10-point plan to crack down on illegal immigration. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Republican says illegal immigrants living in US must return home and apply for re-entry

Donald Trump and Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto during a meeting in Mexico City on Wednesday. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

Mexican president disputes claim that payment for wall was not discussed at meeting

Donald Trump: has accused Hillary Clinton of operating a “pay-to-play” scheme through the Clinton Foundation by offering access to wealthy foreign donors to her family’s charity when she was working at the state department. Photograph:  Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Republican regains ground on Democrat over lingering email scandal and charity ties

Leading US politicians have criticised the European Commission’s order that Apple pay billions in back taxes to Ireland. File photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Treasury secretary says the tax order ‘undermines economic co-operation’

US Republican candidate Donald Trump will travel to Mexico City later on Wednesday to meet Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Republican candidate has made derogatory remarks about the country during campaign

White House spokesman Josh Earnest speaks about the Apple ruling during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, the US. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Firm says it is experiencing unfair treatment after being told to pay €13bn to Government

 Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin a July 2013 photograph. “After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Ms Abedin said in a statement. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

Huma Abedin announces she is leaving Anthony Weiner after more lewd selfies surface

Political consultant Thomas ‘Tad’ Devine, who was Bernie Sanders’s chief strategist and who also advised Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Joshua Yospyn/ Washington Post/Getty Images

Ahead of his visit to Ireland, Tad Devine explains why the Vermont senator lost to Clinton

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