US secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced the decision at a press conference in the state department in Washington. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Pompeo announces reversal of US policy on West Bank settlements

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Mr Trump ‘could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants’.  Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Trump hints he may testify at public hearings, ‘though I did nothing wrong’

William Taylor appears before the House intelligence committee in Washington: Lawmakers are considering whether to impeach President Donald Trump. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

America Letter: Kent and Taylor cast light on claims Trump tried to use ally’s vulnerability

Marie Yovanovitch: ‘It’s very intimidating . . . I can’t speak to what the president is trying to do, but the effect is to be intimidating.’ Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

President tweets attack on Marie Yovanovitch during evidence to impeachment inquiry

The impeachment inquiry into Mr Trump  entered a new phase this week with the holding of public hearings. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Recalled US ambassador to Ukraine set to give key witness testimony at public hearing

US ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, right, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, arrive to testify. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Both sides refrain from aggression in cagey opening as president affects disinterest

Top US diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor testifies during the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

New claim emerges as part of impeachment inquiry into president’s dealings with Ukraine

US president Donald Trump at the Economic Club in New York. Photograph: Demetrius Freeman/Bloomberg

Turkish president visits White House after Trump abandoned Kurdish allies in Syria

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff will control most of the questioning.   Photograph: Reuters/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

At the heart of the investigation is the ‘favour’ sought by Donald Trump from his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy

US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the opening ceremony of the Veterans Day Parade in New York. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty

President accuses Democrats of releasing fake transcripts as public hearings to begin

Supporters react to election results during the watch party for Kentucky’s attorney general Andy Beshear, running for governor against Republican incumbent Matt Bevin, in Louisville. Photograph: Harrison McClary

America Letter: Trump unpopular nationally but very competitive in key decider states

Former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg poses for a photograph in 2018. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFT/Getty Images

Former Republican New York mayor preparing to enter Democratic primary contest

Jennifer Williams,  a national security advisor to vice-president Mike Pence, leaving a closed-door committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry against US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US Wrap: president calls on Joe and Hunter Biden to testify in impeachment inquiry

Chairman of the House intelligence committee Adam Schiff, centre, announces that the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry will begin next week. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Full impeachment vote expected to be held in House of Representatives before Christmas

 Democrat Andy Beshear was on course to win the gubernatorial race in Kentucky against Republican incumbent Matt Bevin. Photograph: Reuters

Republicans on course for shock defeat in Kentucky where president campaigned for candidate

  Dermot Shea at the press conference announcing that he will be the new NYPD commissioner. Photograph: Kena Betancur/Getty Images

Both of Shea’s parents emigrated from Ireland to the US in the 1950s

Gordon Sondland   in Washington: The US ambassador to the EU  said he told a top adviser to Ukraine’s president that US military aid would likely not be released until Kiev made clear it would investigate Joe  Biden and his son’s ties to Ukraine energy firm Burisma. Photograph:  Getty Images

Revised testimony by Gordon Sondland raises stakes in impeachment inquiry

Dermot Shea leaves City Hall in New York with his wife, Serena, after being named commisioner of the New York Police Department – the largest police force in the United States. Photograph: Dave Sanders/The New York Times

Dermot Shea (50), ‘an American dream story’, furthers links between force and Irish-America

Democratic presidential hopefuls Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. A Washington Post/ABC poll on Sunday  has Biden with 28 per cent of the vote and Warren  polling at 23 per cent. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Clutch of candidates opens up questions for the party about its identity and future

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo applauds as president Donald Trump speaks at the State Department. File photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US takes first step in leaving agreement on lowering greenhouse gas emissions

Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine: how and why  she was recalled from her job has become a question at the heart at the impeachment investigation. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Thursday’s vote paves the way for televised public hearings

Family members hold photos of the victims of Boeing 737 Max crashes on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/Reuters

America Letter: Some have asked whether safety was sacrificed for commercial gain

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as the US House of Representatives voted to set up the next steps in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Photograph: Tom Brenner

National Security Council figure backs up Taylor account of deal claimed with Ukraine

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: ‘What is at stake in all this is nothing less than our democracy’. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

Key vote paves way for public hearings against US president in next phase of inquiry

 Former national security adviser John Bolton   was requested to appear before investigators as part of their impeachment inquiry. Photograph:  Getty Images

Former national security adviser John Bolton summoned to appear before committees

Alexander Vindman listened in to the disputed phone call between Donald  Trump and  Volodymyr Zelenskiy  during which the US president pressed the Ukrainian president to investigate  Joe Biden. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Alexander Vindman testifies as part of impeachment inquiry

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana,  talks to supporters  in Rock Hill, South Carolina on Sunday. Photograph: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The gay, Christian mayor of South Bend, Indiana is widening his appeal among voters

US president Donald Trump makes a statement in the White House on Sunday announcing the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a military operation in northwest Syria. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

‘Vicious and violent’ death proof of US’s ‘relentless pursuit of terrorist leaders’

US president Donald Trump (centre), US vice president Mike Pence (second from left), US secretary of defense Mark Esper (third from right), along with members of the national security team, watch as US Special Operations forces close in on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, from the Situation Room of the White House on Saturday. Photograph:  Shealah Craighead/The White House/Handout/Reuters

President needed foreign policy boost under the shadow of impeachment inquiry

An undated video still of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is believed to be dead after a US military raid. Photograph: al-Furqan Media/AFP via Getty Images

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took his life after he was chased down tunnel, US president says

US president Donald Trump: “I did nothing wrong. I had a perfect conversation with the president of Ukraine.” Photograph: Andrew Harrer

US judge grants House of Representatives request for material redacted from Mueller report

 Republican lawmakers stormed into the room used by the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Donal Trump. Photograph: Jim  Lo Scalzo

America Letter: Kiev revelations shift party focus from inquiry’s substance to procedure

US president Donald Trump: “Thank you to House Republicans for being tough, smart and understanding in detail the greatest Witch Hunt in American History.” Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP

Republicans call for inquiry into Trump activities in Ukraine to be conducted in public

Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat to Ukraine,  testified to the house committees regarding the impeachment inquiry looking into Donald Trump’s relationship with Ukraine. Photograph: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

Bill Taylor’s testimony opens door to further witnesses who may incriminate US president

US president Donald Trump announces the lifting of sanctions on Turkey in a White House speech on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US president says Ankara has agreed permanent ceasefire after its pause in operations

Bill Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine: says he believes President Donald Trump withheld money from Ukraine on condition it  open politically motivated investigations. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

Bill Taylor testifies to inquiry about ‘highly irregular’ channels in US dealings with Kiev

US president Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, Monday. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/Bloomberg

Texts show acting ambassador Bill Taylor had raised concerns over Trump’s intentions

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren: her  gradual but steady rise has changed the dynamic of the campaign

Elizabeth Warren now the leading Democrat in this key state in the nomination process

 The photograph posted by Donald Trump claiming  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was having a ‘meltdown’. Photograph: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via AP

America letter: Trump diplomacy revealed in letter to Erdogan, after accusing Pelosi of being ‘third-rate’ politician

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and US Vice President Mike Pence (L) before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey. Photograph: EPA

Truce hailed by Donald Trump and cast as complete victory by Turkish leaders

The Trump National Doral Miami, in Florida, which will host the  G7 summit in June next year. Photograph: Ilana Panich-Linsman/New York Times

Democrats denounce decision as ‘brazen example’ of US president’s ‘corruption’

Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe:  ‘The next critical phase will be how the House of Commons responds back to this.’ File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Finance warns ‘important to recognise that we have been at this place before’

Democratic speaker of the house from California Nancy Pelosi. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Speaker of US House of Representatives rules out any deal that violates Belfast Agreement

US president Donald Trump said Erdogan ‘was never given a green light’. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

US president said to have called Nancy Pelosi ‘third-rate politician’ at stormy meeting”

President Donald Trump meeting Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

Turkish offensive ‘not our problem’, says US president, as Pence and Pompeo to meet Erdogan

Former  Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams:  ‘A party that calls itself the Democratic Unionist Party have to recognise that the majority of people voted to remain within the European Union.’  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former SF leader calls on DUP to accept that majority of NI people voted to remain in EU

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue is visiting the US capital to attend the autumn meetings of the IMF. Photographer: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Bloomberg

Minister is visiting US capital to attend the autumn meetings of the IMF

US Congressman Richard Neal speaks during a meeting with Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Dublin on April 16th, 2019. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

Richard Neal says US is a ‘guarantor’ of agreement and will not see it compromised

Former special envoy to Northern Ireland for the US Gary Hart. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gary Hart asks US Senate to ‘make clear’ to UK, EU, Belfast Agreement must be protected

Fiona Hill, US president Donald Trump’s former adviser on Russia and Europe, arrives on Capitol Hill on Monday to meet behind closed doors with House investigators. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

George Kent becomes the latest figure to be questioned by House committees

 Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch suggested Rudy Giuliani had a role in her removal. Photograph: EPA/Shawn Thew

Marie Yovanovitch gives damning account of her experience with Trump administration

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, and Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee: Donald Trump’s strategy is not unprecedented. Photograph: Andrew Harrer

America Letter: President’s obstructionism may itself be article of impeachment charge

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, and  US president Donald Trump. File photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Two men central to efforts to investigate Joe Biden in Ukraine are held over donations

A woman flees with her children amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ayn in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman

Jets attack Kurdish forces as Ankara moves to create border ‘safe zone’

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi has told Donald Trump he will be held accountable in spite of White House decision not to co-operate with impeachment inquiry into the president. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Democrats to step up inquiry into US president in face of White House refusal to co-operate

US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland: A lawyer for him says he had been prepared to testify but now has no choice.  Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Gordon Sondland blocked by Trump from testifying in front of House committees

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President tried to block New York district attorney from accessing records

US president Donald Trump with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has said he plans to soon begin a military operation in northeast Syria. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP.

US president threatens on Twitter to ‘totally destroy and obliterate’ Turkish economy

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky (left) and US president Donald Trump  met on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25th. Photograph: Ukraine Presidential Press Service/Handout/EPA

Second official has ‘first-hand knowledge’ of accusations, says legal team

Kurt Volker, a former state department envoy to Ukraine, leaves a closed House meeting as part of an impeachment inquiry into US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

‘When I speak to foreign leaders I speak in an appropriate way. We’re proud of that call’

US vice-president Mike Pence and  President Donald Trump: As Washington gears up for potentially its third impeachment trial, Trump is in typically combative mood. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

America Letter: Mike Pence’s role in relation to Ukraine leader under sharp scrutiny

US president Donald Trump: his campaign team has unleashed a major  social media drive, running thousands of ads on Facebook focusing on impeachment. Photograph:    Win McNamee/Getty

Republicans have been fine-tuning their message that impeachment is a hoax

US president Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he to prepares to board his Marine One helicopter at  the White House on Thursday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

US president renews call on Ukraine to ‘start investigation’ into Democratic rival for White House

The tariffs on butter will likely hit Kerrygold, which is the second-most popular butter brand in the United States. More than 34,000 tonnes of the Irish product was exported there in 2018.  File photograph: Getty

Kerrygold and Baileys affected: US to tax EU imports following WTO ruling

Donald Trump gives a press conference during a meeting with Finland’s president, Sauli Niinisto, at the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

US president says investigation ‘a hoax’ and calls congressman Adam Schiff ‘a low-life’

The Irish Whiskey Association had been lobbying key figures in Washington ahead of the announcement, seeking an exemption. Photograph: iStock

WTO gives green light for tariffs as part of Airbus dispute

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo  had blocked five state department officials from providing depositions to Congress. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

US president accuses those pursuing Ukraine complaint of being involved in ‘coup’ attempt

Republican congressman Peter King, the co-chair of the Irish caucus on Capitol Hill, together with New York Democrat Tom Suozzi, brought forward the resolution to the House of Representatives. Photograph: iStock

Democrats have warned future UK trade deal with US post-Brexit must uphold agreement

US authorities have been clamping down on smugglers who seek to profit from the huge price tags attached to endangered species such as rhinoceros in recent years. Photograph: iStock

Richard Sheridan sentenced to 14 months in prison after pleading guilty at court in Miami

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo: listened in  to the phone call between Mr Trump and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on July 25th. Photograph: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

US committee’s request around Ukraine call ‘not feasible’, says secretary of state

Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice-president Joe Biden: his rivals for the nomination do not want to evoke public sympathy for him. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty

Hard to assess how role in Ukraine controversy will affect Democratic primaries

The former mayor of New York has been ordered to submit the relevant material by October 15th. Photograph: EPA

Impeachment inquiry prompts dismissive tweets from Trump

Foreign-policy player: Samantha Power in Washington in 2015. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Book review: Samantha Power’s memoir is a timely reflection on the United States’ global role

US president Donald Trump decried the  calls for impeachment  as a ‘witch-hunt’. Photograph: EPA/Michael Reynolds

US president’s confidence in the face of impeachment inquiry may prove misplaced

Democratic representative from California and chairman of the House intelligence committee Adam Schiff: among witnesses that could be summoned are Rudy Giuliani. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo

US president calls Adam Schiff a ‘sick man’ amid controversy over Ukraine phone call

 A counter-demonstrator steps on a pinata during a President Donald Trump rally in Los Angeles, California. Photograph:  David McNew/Getty

America Letter: California’s homeless latest pawn as Trump takes on dissenting region

  Fiona Ryan and Jonathan  Mathis  feature in an advertising  campaign for the Lidl supermarket chain. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Taoiseach said Government is working on hate crime legislation

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney  and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the EU Commission in Brussels. Photograph: AFP

Leo Varadkar ‘not particularly optimistic’ of receiving written submission before summit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and actor Ruth Negga an event in Los Angeles to celebrate US Ireland partnerships across the film, television and animation industry

Taoiseach opens new consulate during visit to US city and holds meetings with range of TV and film companies

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  said: “We’re looking at a number of things, certainly around income taxes.” Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach says budget will have tax cuts ‘but they won’t be like the last three years’

Acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire has been criticised by House speaker Nancy Pelosi for failing to pass the original complaint to Congress. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Copy of whistleblower complaint released as intelligence director testifies before Congress

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there are no plans for the Government to issue a supplementary budget in the event of a no-deal Brexit. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach also says there are no plans for a supplementary budget for Brexit

 Garda Commissioner Drew  Harris also revisited the problems identified last year with the Garda Youth Diversion programme that saw more than 3,000 young people not pursued for alleged crimes.   Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The €20 million spent paying members for 15 minutes overtime to be briefed at start of shifts ‘grieves some of us’ - Drew Harris

President Michael D Higgins addresses the general debate of the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations at UN headquarters in New York. Photograph: Michael Nagle/EPA

President’s speech key part of Ireland’s bid to secure a seat on UN Security Council in 2021

 President Michael D Higgins, see here speaking earlier this week in New York, has defended the rights of migrants and their contribution to society.

Migrant workers provide up to 12pc of global GDP, Michael D Higgins points out

Republican senator Lindsey Graham argued that there was no proof of a “quid pro quo” between the president and Ukraine, and hence no wrongdoing by the president. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Impeachment move criticised as key official to testify about whistleblower complaint

President Michael D Higgins expressed his “profound disappointment” at the US decision to exit the Paris climate accord. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

During US visit, President says climate change the most pressing issue facing world

Ireland remains ‘laser-focused’ on the need to find ‘real and honest solutions’ to the challenges presented by Brexit, Tánaiste Simon Coveney said in New York on Wednesday. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Fundamental misreading of Irish mindset’ on backstop compromise, says Tánaiste

US president Donald Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky hold a meeting in New York  on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Ukraine controversy ratchets up after White House releases details of phone call

Garda commissioner Drew Harris (right) and Chief Constable of the PSNI Simon Byrne speak to the media during the cross-border conference on organised crime at the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Commissioner Drew Harris says definite lines of enquiry being pursued

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets British prime minister Boris Johnson during the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US. Photograph: Michael Nagle

Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar hold ‘constructive and productive’ meeting

President Michael D Higgins delivers his address at  New York University on Tuesday. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President says climate change is the most pressing issue facing the global community

 President Michael D Higgins: “There has been a widespread concern for a long time as to where does the actual profit in relation to beef go.”  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

President poised to address UN General Assembly in New York

US speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announces a formal impeachment inquiry of US president Donald Trump, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

House takes action over claims US president tried to pressure Ukraine into investigating Biden

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets with British prime minister Boris Johnson during the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US. Photograph: Michael Nagle

Taoiseach also asserts ‘wide gap’ remains between EU and UK on achieving goals

President Donald Trump addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. “We want partners, not adversaries,” he said. “While anyone can make war, only the most courageous can choose peace.” Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

President hits out at China trade practices and Iran, but says America does not want war

US president Donald Trump: appears to admit he questioned the Ukrainian president about corruption allegations involving Hunter Biden. Photograph: Saul Loeb

US president intensifies attack on Democrat amid controversy over Ukraine phone call

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  has hit back at reports suggesting that the State will come under pressure from larger EU countries to change its stance on Brexit. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Taoiseach dismisses reports the State will come under EU pressure to compromise

Ireland is to phase out oil exploration off coast.

Varadkar says action being taken following advice from Climate Advisory Council

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani  views    a military  parade in Tehran to  mark an   Iraqi invasion  in 1980 which lead to an eight-year war.   Photograph: EPA

US announces it is sending ‘modest’ number of troops and weapons to Saudi Arabia

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