Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators in the annual March for Life, in Washington, US, on January 27th, 2017. Photograph: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

US is facing another battle on reproductive rights, 45 years after the Roe v Wade ruling

Robert F Kennedy (L) and his brother John F Kennedy confer at a hearing in Washington. Photograph: Getty

While Chris Matthews' book eschews any negative portrayals of the Kennedys, it presents a vivid and poignant account of the senato(...)

Protesters  demonstrate in front of the US supreme court while the court hears arguments on gerrymandering, on October 3rd, 2017, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

America Letter: Party’s hopes for a mid-term boost could be frustrated by redistricting

US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein announces the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organisations for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election at the justice department in Washington, DC. Photograph: Getty Images

Investigators reveal multi-year campaign to subvert US electoral process

Hector Romero assistant public defender (L) and Melisa McNeill, public defender (R) are seen on screen at the first appearance in court for  Nikolas Cruz on Thursday. Photograph: Susan Stocker/AFP

Anger mounts at failure of authorities to stop suspect in school shooting that killed 17

Immigration activists marching  in front of the US Capitol on February 7th. The Daca programme,  which gave protection to the young, undocumented immigrants, is due to expire on March 5th. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

After week of debate, US Senate fail to agree legislation that could protect illegal minors

Suspect Nikolas Cruz appears at Broward County Court House on Thursday. Photograph: Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/AFP/Getty Images

Teenager charged with 17 counts of murder following deadly attack at high school

Suspect Nikolas Cruz appears at Broward County Court House on Thursday. Photograph: Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/AFP/Getty Images

Nikolas Cruz (19) charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following gun attack

Nikolas Cruz during an appearance on Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photograph: Susan Stocker/Getty Images

FBI had been warned following social-media comment Nikolas Cruz could pose threat

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gather at Pine Trail Park in Parkland, Florida, on Thursday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

FBI confirms it had been warned about postings on social media last year

Students released from a lockdown are overcome with emotion following following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Photograph: AP

Analysis: Shooting is deadliest since Sandy Hook but is the eighth in a US school this year

 Video screen grab of suspect Nikolas Cruz at Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photograph: Miguel Guttierez/AFP/Getty Images

Teenager charged with 17 murders as authorities deal with copycat threats

 US president Donald Trump answers  questions  in the Oval Office of the White House. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US president insists his priorities must be met as senators scramble to agree package

People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida after a multiple-fatality shooting at the school. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Suspect in custody and thousands of students evacuated from school after attack

Rob Porter (right)   who resigned last week ahead of the expected publication of details in a newspaper about his alleged abuse of two ex-wives. Photograph:  Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

White House says it was informed of abuse allegations against Rob Porter last week

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson: “It’s really up to the North Koreans to decide when they’re ready to engage with us in a sincere way, a meaningful way.” Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/Pool photo via AP

White House unveils $1.5tn infrastructure plan as analysts fear debts and deficits

 President Donald Trump saluting a military aide upon arriving  at Newark  airport in  New Jersey. The president’s  notion  of hosting a military parade in Washington is a step too far for most. Photograph: Getty Images

President who was exempted from serving in Vietnam is planning a military parade

US house speaker Paul Ryan: has been invited to visit Ireland next January for the centenary of the first sitting of the Dáil. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

America Letter: Dáil delegation delivers Washington a message about healthy politics

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi after a vote to end a government shutdown on Capitol Hill. The shutdown was the second in less than three weeks. Photograph: Joshua Roberts

US president’s comments come in week marred by shutdown and financial fears

US House speaker Paul Ryan  answers questions  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Rand Paul’s filibuster underlines how the party is betraying its economic doctrine

A view of the Capitol through a Senate office building. The federal government on Friday shut down for the second time so far this year. Photograph: The New York Times

House approval spares Republican blushes after Rand Paul makes nine-hour speech

 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange  on February 8th.  Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Dow Jones plunges more than 1,000 points as the S&P sheds 3.7 per cent

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly walks with White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter to depart with U.S. President Donald Trump aboard the Marine One helicopter from the White House in Washington, U.S. November 29, 2017. Picture taken November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Allegations against Rob Porter come as government tries to avert another shutdown

On Wall Street, trading volumes were 50 per cent higher than average. Photograph: Bloomberg

Iseq down 1.58 per cent as European markets weaken

Speaker of the house Paul Ryan was one of those in congress with whom the Dáil delegation spoke.

Seán Ó Feargaíl and Colm Brophy among delegation meeting members of US congress

The Dow Jones and S&P 500 fluctuated throughout the day. The Dow fell 19.42 to close at  24,893.35 and the S&P 500 fell dropped 13.48 to close at  2,681.66

Irish shares gain €1.3bn as European bourses edge back up

US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell walks from his office to the floor after a meeting with Republicans in the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

House approval required for ‘breakthrough’ Bill that would increase defence spending

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. It followed a day of huge stock market falls on Monday, with US markets experiencing their biggest one-day decline since August 2011. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

US treasury secretary Mnuchin calls volatile trading ‘normal market correction, although large’

US president Donald  Trump hosting a law enforcement round table  at The White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/EPA

US News: president says ‘we’ll do a shutdown’ if his immigration demands are not met

US president Donald Trump delivers a speech on tax reform in Ohio on Monday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Trump lambasts leading Democrat on House of Representatives intelligence committee

Impeached: President Bill Clinton, watched by his wife, Hillary, rejects allegations of improper behaviour with Monica Lewinsky. Photograph: Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News via Getty First lady Hillary Clinton stands by her man in 1998:  president Bill Clinton shakes his finger as he denies improper behaviour with Monica Lewinsky.  Photograph: Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News via Getty Images

America Letter: Fox News hammers Bill Clinton in ‘Scandalous’. But he might deserve it

US president Donald Trump has said it is a ‘disgrace what’s going on in this country’. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump authorises release of document alleging bias in Russia investigation

Christopher Steele,  hired to undertake research on then candidate Trump, claims is alleged to have told then deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr that he was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not becoming president”. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Memo claims FBI failed to disclose role of Democrats in funding research

US president Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about his treatment by federal investigators.  Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Trump claims bureau is politicised and biased against him in Russia investigation

US president Donald Trump is expected to sanction the release on Friday of a controversial memo that purports to show bias against him at the FBI and justice department. Photograph: Reuters/ Jim Bourg

White House expected to release memo related to Russia investigation on Friday

US president Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One in Lewisburg, West Virginia where he addressed Republican members of Congress at a retreat. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Document written by Republicans criticises inquiry into president’s links with Russia

US president Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of   Congress in Washington on Tuesday night. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

President vows to press ahead with border wall in inaugural State of the Union speech

Ocean Energy’s wave energy device will be built in Oregon and tested by the US navy at a site off Hawaii.

Deal will see buoy designed by Cork-based firm enter US navy service by end of year

Mr Trump delivered his one hour and twenty minute speech - one of the longest in history - to a packed chamber. Photograph: EPA

US president Trump spoke about immigration, North Korea and economic success

As expected, last night Donald Trump sought to strike a note of unity. He began his speech with a pledge to make America great again “for all Americans.”

Donald Trump became a man reading carefully from a teleprompter rather than the president of the United States of America

Democratic response: Adam Schiff (centre) accused Republicans of politicising the US intelligence services. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

Republican congressman highlights ‘flaws’ in agencies’ election-meddling investigation

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes walks past reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans on the committee have voted to release a contentious secret memorandum said to accuse the  FBI of misusing their authority. Photograph: New York Times

President Donald Trump has five days to decide on the release of the top secret memo

US president Donald Trump: is expected to strike a conciliatory tone in his state of the union speech, focusing on tax reform, immigration and infrastructure plans. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/ Getty

US president promises ‘a big speech, an important speech’ to Congress on Tuesday

Andrew McCabe, deputy director of the FBI, announced on Monday that he is  retiring two months early. President  Donald Trump has consistently singled out Mr McCabe, accusing him of a pro-Clinton bias. Photograph:  Jim L Scalzo/EPA

Andrew McCabe retires early as Republican criticism of Russia investigation intensifies

Larry Nassar (right) with his defence lawyer Matt Newberg during the sentencing phase in Ingham County Circuit Court, Michigan, on January 24th, 2018. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 150 women told of their abuse at hands of former Olympics gymnastics doctor

Tom Hanks as Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham in The Post. Photograph: Niko Tavernise/20th Century Fox/AP

America Letter: Pentagon Papers story has parallels in government accountability today

US president Donald Trump prepares to board Air Force One in Zurich following his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, today. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Growing indications that investigation is focusing on whether Trump obstructed justice

US president Donald Trump and  Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinians accused of ‘disrespecting’ US by not meeting Vice-President Mike Pence

US attorney general Jeff Sessions: Thought to be the highest-ranking Trump administration official to be interviewed by Mr Mueller’s team. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Attorney general Jeff Sessions interviewed by Robert Mueller

‘Dreamers’ and supporters protest for a clean Dream Act outside Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Irish Government will renew push for US immigration reform ahead of St Patrick’s Day

US president Donald Trump  ignited outrage last week by referring to African and Haitian immigrants as coming from ‘sh**hole countries’. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Lobby group claims US clampdown proves need for reforms for undocumented Irish

Senate majority leader Senator Mitch McConnell:  said on Sunday that he intended to begin a debate on immigration in the next few weeks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

McConnell pledge to consider immigration legislation paves way for ending shutdown

A rally supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), or the Dream Act, outside the US Capitol building in Washington, DC on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Federal government closed down after funding bill failed to pass in the Senate

Tete-a-tete: Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel at the G20 summit in Hamburg last year. They are all due to make speeches in Davos this week. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

US president set to play down America First policy at World Economic Forum

Senate minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the Republicans had failed to lead, despite controlling Congress and the White House. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Donald Trump suggests that Republicans should change Senate rules to allow spending Bill by a simple majority

 Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, with his staff, walks to the Senate floor to continue work on ending the government shutdown in the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Emergency talks under way after senate fails to pass Bill extending federal funding

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Even Donald Trump’s detractors admit his policies are partly responsible for the soaring US economy

Stories of love: hearing about the lives of ordinary New Yorkers makes for a welcome bright spot during difficult political times. Photograph: Istock

America Letter: The ritual of Sunday brunch brings with it the feel-good schmaltz of the New York Times vows section

The stand-off has caused president Donald Trump to cancel his planned departure on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago on Friday afternoon. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Republicans need Democrats’ backing to pass short-term spending Bill

US president Donald Trump with White House chief of staff John Kelly: Mr Trump directly contradicted Mr Kelly in a flurry of early-morning tweets.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/File Photo

US president contradicts chief of staff John Kelly over promised wall on Mexican border

Republican senator Jeff Flake speaking on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday. “It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies,” he said.  Photograph: Senate TV via AP

Jeff Flake in blistering attack on president’s attitude to media as party tensions simmer

Steve Bannon was questioned in private by members of the House of Representatives intelligence committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Former White House chief strategist questioned by Capitol Hill intelligence committee

White House presidential physician Ronny Jackson answers questions about Donald Trump’s health after the president’s annual physical, at the White House in Washington, on Tuesday. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president ‘very healthy and will remain so for the duration of his presidency’

Supporters of US president Donald Trump along the route of his motorcade as it travels from Mar-a-Lago to Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

Daca scheme for undocumented migrants ‘probably dead’, US president tweets

Call security: US president Donald Trump in the Oval Office with Reince Priebus, Mike Pence, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Michael Flynn. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty

Michael Wolff’s tell-all page-turner captures the chaos of political life under the 45th president

A homeless person’s tent on an overpass in Washington, DC. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

A stone’s throw from the World Bank and IMF, people live in tents and makeshift shacks

President Donald Trump during an event to honour Dr Martin Luther King jnr in the White House, on Friday. The White House on Friday warned this would be the last time the sanctions on Iran would be waivered. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

Waiver on existing sanctions extended as US warns Iranian regime over ‘stifling basic freedoms’

Donald Trump shakes hands with Martin Luther King Centre president Isaac Newton Farris in the White House on Friday before the US president signed a proclamation to honour Martin Luther King Day. Photograph: EPA

UN describes alleged comments as racist, African Union ‘frankly alarmed’

US president Donald Trump inside the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

UN condemns US president’s reported comments on ‘s***hole countries’ as ‘racist’

A welcome sign at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where US president Donald Trump will on Friday undergi his first medical since assuming office. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Concerns raised about Donald Trump’s lifestyle ahead of first medical since assuming office

Donald Trump: “It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our court system is.”  Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty

Court in California rules safeguards should remain for young undocumented immigrants

Steve Bannon. Photograph: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

Former White House strategist quits following public spat with Donald Trump

 Oprah Winfrey at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

‘Oprah would be a lot of fun,’ president says as speculation grows after Golden Globes speech

US president Donald Trump en route to Nashville, Tennessee where he told delegates that “the American Dream is roaring back to life”. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Department announces that up to 200,000 people from El Salvador should leave

DCU graduate and Cork native Samantha Barry will become the eighth editor of Glamour magazine since it was founded in 1939. Photograph: J. Quazi King/The New York Times

Prestigious US magazine was founded in 1939

Oprah Winfrey speaks after accepting the Cecil B DeMille Award on Sunday. On Monday the airwaves and TV talk shows were alight with speculation about whether she would consider a presidential run. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Courtesy of NBC

Golden Globes speech on race and gender by TV star Winfrey overshadowed all others

US president Donald Trump speaks during a retreat with Republican politicians at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president says ‘Fire and Fury’ is a ‘fake book’ amid speculation over his mental health

 US president Donald  Trump speaks at Camp David, Maryland, US. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Pool/EPA

US president says he is ‘a very stable genius’ before renewing attacks on ‘Fire and Fury’ author

Mary Davis said women in her mother’s generation tore apart “that matrix of discrimination that hemmed in women for such a long time”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mary Davis pays tribute to influence of women at Washington Nollaig na mBan event

 “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff claims that many people close to the president believed his “mental powers were slipping”. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Advisers ‘question president’s intelligence and fitness for office’, insists Michael Wolff

Copies of  ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’ by  Michael Wolff  at the Book Culture bookstore in New York on Friday. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Analysis: furore over Wolfe book will have a serious impact on Republican party’s future

 German chancellor and leader of the German Christian Democrats Angela Merkel with Horst Seehofer, governor of Bavaria and leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Unio. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

From Trump to tragedy, Kim Jong-un to a royal wedding, a compelling roundup from an at times incredible year

Donald Trump: Despite the outrage of millions of Americans, the reality-TV star did indeed arrive in Washington on January 20th and take up residence in the White House.  Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

A US domestic focus left communist China to defend free trade and globalisation

US first lady Melania Trump (L) and US president Donald Trump (third from left) pose with Chinese president Xi Jinping (second from right) and his wife Peng Liyuan (right) upon their arrival to the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6th, 2017. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

After a year in office, the US president’s business and political worlds remain closely intertwined. Suzanne Lynch pays a visit

Flags in support of President Donald Trump for sale ahead of the failed campaign rally for Roy Moore, Republican candidate for Alabama. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

African-Americans and educated suburbanites voted Doug Jones to victory

Taking a hike? Speculation is rife that House speaker Paul Ryan is preparing to step down from the post. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo /EPA

Ryan is rumoured to be weighing his future, perhaps with a future presidential bid in mind

US president Donald Trump with attorney general Jeff Sessions during a graduation ceremony at the FBI’s headquarters in  Quantico, Virginia, on Friday. Photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

‘Extraordinary anger’ over Mueller probe of Kremlin election interference, says president

House Speaker Paul Ryan: House is willing to accommodate health concerns of some Senate members for vote’s timing. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Timing of vote on Trump’s historic tax cut scheme remains ‘flexible’

Supporters of Doug Jones, who has become the first Democrat to win a senate seat in Alabama in more than a quarter of a century. Photograph: Bob Miller/The New York Times

Blow to US president Donald Trump, who backed the former judge accused of initiating sexual activity with teenagers by more than a(...)

Deputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein waits for a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Oversight on Capitol Hill  in Washington, DC, today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Deputy attorney general tells House committee that claims of anti-Trump bias in FBI untrue

Roy Moore’s stunning defeat may suggest that support for the kind of politician supported by Donald Trump and Steve Bannon  is on the decline. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Democrats’ win in Republican heartland represents a seismic shift in US politics

Democratic candidate  Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters in Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday night. Mr Jones is the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama for 25 years. Photograph:  John Bazemore/AP

Doug Jones becomes first Democrat sent to Senate from state in 25 years

Democratic senator  Kirsten Gillibrand, who described a tweet about her by US president Donald Trump as a “sexist smear”.  Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

US president said Kirsten Gillibrand ‘would do anything’ for campaign contributions

Republican candidate for the US Senate Roy Moore has secured the backing of president Donald Trump. Photograph: Bloomberg

Polls indicate Republican hopeful on cusp of victory despite sexual misconduct allegations

Palestinian protestors take cover during clashes with Israeli security forces at Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, following a demonstration against US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Photograph: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images

Republicans lined up to congratulate the president on his Jerusalem move

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces at Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, following a demonstration against Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Photograph: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images

Ambassador Nikki Haley defends Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Palestinian emergency services evacuate a protester who was wounded during clashes with Israeli troops on Thursday following a demonstration near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, beside the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

UN Security Council to meet amid international outrage over Trump decision

Al Franken walks away from the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Thursday, with his wife, Franni Bryson, after he announced his resignation as senator. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Al Franken had been accused by at least eight women of sexual misconduct

Palestinian demonstrators burn posters of the US president in Bethlehem’s Manger Square in protest to him declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Photograph: Musa al Shaer/AFP/Getty Images

US decision and move of embassy to holy city condemned around the world

Congress members told that hard Brexit could lead to ‘the erosion of hard won peace’

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