US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/Pool/Getty

President seeks to foster law and order credentials ahead of November election

US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden: His advanced age means it is quite likely his running mate may ultimately become president. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

America Letter: Democratic candidate believed to have Kamala Harris at top of list

Donald Trump’s election comments came after gross domestic product figures revealed that the US is in the throes of the biggest economic slowdown since the 1940s. Photograph: EPA

Grim economic data form stark political backdrop to US president’s claims of voter fraud

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. Photograph: Genevieve Ross/AP

Growing concern about possible further outbreaks of coronavirus on Capitol Hill

US president Donald Trump: “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” he tweeted. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Senior Republicans reject move after president claims postal voting would lead to ‘fraudulent’ election

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying  via video-link before the  US congressional hearing on anti-trust issues.  Photograph: Getty Images

Bezos, Cook, Pichai and Zuckerberg all testify before US congressional hearing

US president Donald Trump gestures as he walks off Air Force One on Wednesday upon arrival at Midland Airport in Midland, Texas. Photograph:  Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

President says the US is doing better on testing than any other country in the world

Irish Lives Matter T-Shirts for sale on Amazon.

Letter sent to senior black representative criticises Amazon and Walmart for selling shirts

US attorney general William Barr: faced his first congressional questioning since the outbreak of  anti-racism protests two months ago. Photograph: Matt McClain

Systemic police racism denied by attorney general accused of spreading fear and violence

Federal police make an arrest as they confront protesters in front of the Mark O Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland on Sunday night. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

President claims federal agents in Seattle are not playing active role in response to protests

US national ecurity adviser Robert O’Brien during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Robert O’Brien is the administration’s most senior member known to have contracted virus

Like many towns and cities across America, Newport has long been a mecca for J1 students. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty

America Letter: Despite staycation demand, Newport not a work option for Irish students

 US president Donald Trump arrives to speak to the press ahead of the renewed briefing of the coronavirus task force in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

The danger for US president is that he is running the 2020 election campaign using the 2016 playbook

US president Donald Trump plays catch during a Major League Baseball opening day event at the White House. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

Polls show that approval of his handling of the pandemic has plummeted

Police walk in front of the entrance of US consulate in Chengdu. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo delivers one of his most combative speeches on China

US president Donald Trump: “Murderers and violent criminals are breaking a wide range of federal laws.”  Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

California is worst-affected state, as Trump defends move on Chicago

Federal officers prepare to disperse  crowds of protestors outside the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 17th,  in Portland, Oregon. Photograph:   Mason Trinca/Getty Images

35 agents posted to Albuquerque as Trump paints Democrat-led cities as out of control

US president Donald Trump during a news conference in the White House during which he ignited fresh outrage with his remarks on Ghislaine Maxwell. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In significant U-turn the president now urges Americans to wear face masks

Emma de Souza is vice-chairwoman of, which wants a complete modernisation of the Irish voting system

Citizenship campaigner will also be Northern Ireland spokeswoman for

US president Donald Trump speaks during the renewed briefing of the Coronavirus Task Force . Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP   via Getty Images

During first briefing in two months US president urges Americans to wear facemasks

Federal law enforcement agents disperse crowds in Portland, Oregon. President Donald Trump has threatened to send agents to other major cities – all controlled by Democrats. Photograph: Mason Trinca/The New York Times)

President threatens to send federal troops to halt unrest in more Democratic-controlled cities

Us president Donald Trump: “It came from China.  It should have never been allowed to get out.” Photograph: Doug Mills/Getty

High viewer ratings lure US president back to screens as his poll popularity keeps falling

Defined by his walrus moustache, John Bolton became an almost cartoonish caricature of a certain kind of American conservative. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

The former national security adviser on Irish foreign policy and November’s US election

Niall Leogue: “2019 was a great year. One of the reasons was there were 22 gateways to Ireland with non-stop flights, if you include Canada.”

Niall Leogue’s Caddie Tours operates out of Virginia. This year is all about rescheduling

US president Donald Trump arrives at Miami International Airport in Florida for a briefing on efforts to stop the flow of drugs coming into the country.  Photograph: Samuel Corum/The New York Times

US president calls off New Hampshire event but travels to Florida where 11,000 new cases reported

Mary L Trump: As a child, the US president “began to develop powerful but primitive defences, marked by an increasing hostility to others”. Photograph: Simon & Schuster/Peter Serling

America Letter: Character of White House ‘narcissist’ revealed by psychologist niece

Waitresses serve customers at the Le Petit Four restaurant in West Hollywood, California. The state  recorded 149 deaths on Wednesday – well ahead of recent daily averages – with the greater Los Angeles area most affected.  Photograph: Christian Monterrosa/EPA

US hits record 60,000 coronavirus cases daily as death rate in worst-affected states begins to rise

US president Donald Trump: Scrutiny of his business dealings was always going to be a danger zone for him. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

President’s financial records to stay secret for now but New York case not going away

US president Donald Trump: Financial records will remain private for now, as litigation continues. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

In win for president, records set to remain secret for now as Congress blocked from accessing them

Lieut Col Alexander Vindman: Having testified about Donald Trump’s Ukraine policy during the impeachment inquiry, he is retiring after  a “campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation” since. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan

Boost for Trump as supreme court ruling to uphold law will play well with conservatives

US secretary of education Betsy DeVos listens as vice-president Mike Pence speaks during a White House coronavirus task force briefing in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Trump disagrees with CDC on its ‘very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools’

Harvard University: Many American universities have already announced plans to move online for the 2020-2021 academic year, including Harvard  in Massachusetts.  Photograph: Cassandra Klos/The New York Times

Foreign students whose classes have been switched online ordered to leave the USA

Supporters of US president Donald Trump ride through Keystone, South Dakota, on July 3rd, before a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Record 55,000 new cases on Thursday alone as 30-plus states report infection rise in week

In file photo taken on June 20th,   the upper section of the Trump rally in Tulsa is seen partially empty. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty

America Letter: Core base of white voters over 65 unhappy with his Covid-19 response

US president Donald Trump at an event showing off American products ahead of Independence Day. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Five million jobs added last month but fears of further hit as reopening plans stall

Ghislaine Maxwell: arrest came almost a year after Epstein was charged with sex-trafficking of minors. Photograph: Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty

Erstwhile associate of disgraced late billionaire indicted on six crimes and taken into custody

A volunteer giving  directions at a walk-in Covid-19 test site  in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Getty Images

‘We won’t be social distancing,’ says state governor of celebration at Mount Rushmore

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Public sector pay increases to proceed as review warns of €25bn hit to public purse

Tanaiste Leo Varadkarsaid: The country was very united during the pandemic. The economic crisis that is coming could be very divisive” . Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste sets out the economic challenges facing Ireland in the wake of Covid-19

Dr Anthony Fauci: “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around,” he said. Photograph:  Al Drago/Bloomberg

‘It could get very bad,’ expert tells Senate, as Biden lambasts Trump over pandemic

Nicholas Burns: ‘Ireland has historically had a close relationship, trade and investment ties with the United States, and the United States puts a lot of trust in Dublin’

Harvard professor Nicholas Burns is advising Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Dr  Anthony Fauci:  “There’s a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country – an alarmingly large percentage of people, relatively speaking”.  Photograph: Michael A. McCoy/The New York Times

Immunologist says US may struggle to achieve herd immunity even if a vaccine is developed due to prevailing scepticism

Anti-abortion protesters embrace each other outside the US supreme court of the United States after it struck down a controversial Louisiana state abortion law in Washington, DC. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Judges rule against Trump-backed law requiring doctors to have ‘admitting privileges’

“All are created equal and all deserve a say in our democracy,” said House speaker Nancy Pelosi as she unveiled the Bill in the House of Representatives. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Trump and Senate likely to reject move to turn US capital into nation’s 51st state

America Letter: Congressional primaries reveal increasingly progressive tilt

A bartender pours drinks  at a bar in Austin, Texas. Texas governor Greg Abbott ordered bars to close on Friday amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the state.  File photograph: Sergio Flores/AFP via Getty Images

Texas governor orders all bars to close and restaurants to scale back capacity

Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force 1 upon arrival in  in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The US president is  maintaining that coronavirus numbers are going up because of “great testing”. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/via Getty Images

Texas, Florida and Arkansas among those showing a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases

Former US president Barack Obama was the subject of stinging criticism from a bullish Donal Trump. File photograph: Reuters

On day charges against former security adviser dropped, US president slates predecessor

Polish president Andrzej Duda  and US president Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House. Photograph:   Drew Angerer/Getty Images

US president accuses Democrats of trying to ‘take away a lot of strength from our police’

US president Donald Trump speaks with Rodney Scott, the US Border Patrol Chief, as he tours a section of the border wall on Tuesday in Arizona. Photograph: AP

Immigration returns to pre-election agenda as Donald Trump tours border wall

President Donald Trump participates in a ceremony commemorating the 200th mile of border wall at the US border with Mexico in San Luis, Arizona, on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President defends additional curbs on work visas on visit to US-Mexico border wall

Dr Anthony Fauci testifying before Congress on Tuesday. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg

Expert tells Congress vaccine could be ready by early 2021 and he was not told to slow testing

The announcement of the new visa suspensions was made ahead of a visit by US President Donald Trump to the US-Mexico border in Arizona on Tuesday during which he is expected to highlight the latest phase in the construction of a two-hundred mile wall. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Trump says US joblessness high among young – the group that compete for work with J-visa recipients

US president Donald Trump addresses a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president renews claims that wider use of postal voting would lead to election fraud

 Geraldine Byrne-Nason: “There we were, the Norwegian ambassador, myself and the Canadian foreign minister, standing outside the building as countries entered to vote”

Geraldine Byrne-Nason’s preparations will intensify soon for January start

US president Donald Trump speaking in Tulsa: He made no mention of the George Floyd killing protests but used the racially charged anti-China slur “Kung Flu”. Photograph: Evan Vucci

US president claims Covid-19 tests inflate cases at rally overshadowed by NY firing

Donald Trump is, according to former speechwriter for George Bush, David Frum, a ‘very cruel man’

Book review: David Frum, speechwriter for George W Bush, does not hold back in damning Trump

A man and woman hold a flag featuring the image of Donald Trump, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in advance of the US president’s visit to address an election rally on Saturday. Photograph: Matthew Hatcher/Bloomberg

Thousands of protesters expected in city where president will host election rally

 Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Féin at the time, walking in a St Patrick’s Day parade in New York. Photograph: James Leynse/Corbis via Getty Images

America Letter: As Brexit talks intensify, the US should contribute to the Irish unity debate

John Bolton listens as President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington in May last year. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Former national security adviser’s book alleges US president offered bribes to dictators

The US supreme court ruled that the president cannot abolish the DACA programme which protects immigrants who came to the United States as children. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Supreme court rules US president cannot abolish the ‘Dreamers’ programme

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: “Now that we are on the security council, Ireland’s voice internationally will be more relevant and more impactful.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Coveney wants to stay on in foreign affairs brief after ‘all-consuming’ work on Brexit

Jean Kennedy Smith and former SDLP leader John Hume at the Fulbright Association reception at the US embassy in Dublin in 1997. Photograph: Jack McManus

American diplomat ‘brought passion and clear values’ to role, President says

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaking  in Darby, Pennsylvania. He  said there was “no clear guidance from the federal government to what businesses need to do to reopen safely, efficiently and generate a strong recovery”. Photograph:   Jim watson/AFP via Getty Images

Florida, Texas and Arizona among those reporting daily records for new cases

The State secured 128 votes to clinch a spot on the UN Security Council. File photograph: Stephane Lemouton/AFP

Country was in ‘group of death’ with Norway and Canada to win seat, says Taoiseach

Angelica and Zayden Cuevas look at signs on a temporary security fence at Lafayette Square in front of the White House in Washington, DC, US. File photograph: Michael A McCoy/The New York Times

America Letter: Trump’s response to rallies has highlighted issues with his re-election bid

US president Donald Trump: decision to hold his first rally in Tulsa is controversial as June 19th is a date that marks the end of slavery.  Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Republican rallies come with Covid-19 disclaimer as Cuomo pushes police reform

US president Donald Trump at  a campaign event in Jacksonville, Florida in 2016. Trump will deliver his Republican convention speech in Jacksonville, inside an arena that holds 15,000 people in August. File photograph: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times

Those who want to attend Oklahoma event must agree not to sue if they contract virus

 Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Mark Milley: “My presence in that moment, and in that environment, created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.” Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Chairman of joint chiefs of staff Mark Milley says he regrets link with ‘domestic politics’

George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd during Wednesday’s  house judiciary committee hearing on policing practices and law enforcement accountability at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US Wrap: Philonise Floyd calls for action on police reform at bipartisan hearing

Voters wait in an hours-long line to vote  in the coronavirus-delayed Georgia  primary  in Atlanta,  June 9th.  Photograph: Epa/Erik S Lesser

Broken machines, long lines in many states prompt concern over presidential election

 Brooke Williams, niece of George Floyd, speaks with the rest of the family, during the funeral at The Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Godofredo A Vasquez

‘When there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice’

US president Donald Trump: Accused his Democratic rival Joe Biden of wanting to defund the police. Photograph:  Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

Law and order set to be election issue as city leaders pledge to defund or disband forces

Pallbearers bring the casket bearing the remains of George Floyd into the Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Thousands queue to pay their respects to the man who has become a symbol of racial injustice

 Black Lives Matter demonstrators march during a rally on Sunday in Santee, California in the 13th day of protests since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25th. Photograph: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Not clear when changes to system will happen and city’s mayor says he opposes idea

Demonstrators gather on 16th Street and the portion newly named Black Lives Matter Plaza. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

Muriel Bowser urges people to vote president out of office in November’s election

Donald Trump outside St John's Episcopal Church. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Race has been a constant drumbeat in the career of the post-Obama US president

US president Donald  Trump declines to take questions from journalists  in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, on Friday. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/EPA

Focus turns to police behaviour after 10th consecutive night of unrest across the US

US President Donald Trump addressed Mr Floyd’s death during a press conference. Photograph Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

US president says man killed by police was ‘looking down… saying this is a great thing happening for our country’

 A Black Lives Matter protest takes a knee at the Martin Luther King Memorial on the seventh day of protests in DC over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo

America Letter: Militarised capital site of skirmishes in zone which is district not state

Three former police officers granted bail after appearing in court on charges of abetting second-degree murder

Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn, New York, demonstration over the death of George Floyd: “We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership,” says Gen James Mattis. Photograph: Timothy A Clary

President criticised by Mattis and Kelly as Republican senator ‘struggles’ to back him

Demonstrators march in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, while protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. Photograph:  Jason Connolly/AFP

Hundreds arrested in New York as tension between president and military increases

Protesters demonstrate the death of George Floyd near the White House on Wednesday.   Photograph:  Jim Watson/AFP   via Getty Images

All four police officers involved in the death of George Floyd will face prosecution

 Protesters kneel to demonstrate against the death of George Floyd  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Getty   Images

Analysis: Despite Trump pointing to groups like Antifa, vast majority of those protesting in recent days are just ordinary citizen(...)

Demonstrator kneel during a protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on Tuesday  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Washington DC sees largest crowds since demonstrations began

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden: “Too often just the colour of your skin puts your life at risk.”  Photograph: Jim Watson

‘We can be forgiven for believing president is more interested in power than principle’

 Hundreds of demonstrators  take to the streets of Manhattan to show anger at the police killing of George Floyd on Tuesday in New York City. Photograph:   Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Trump makes ‘baffling and reprehensible’ visit to pope shrine; memorial march held in Floyd’s hometown

US president Donald Trump holds a Bible while visiting St John’s Church across from the White House after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd June 1st, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Analysis: US president invokes Christianity and ‘law and order’ amid widespread violence

People at a Black Lives Matter protest on Monday outside the US embassy in Dublin following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Widespread demonstrations over death of African-American at hands of police

A man raises his arms during a demonstration in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday against the death of George Floyd in police custody. Photograph:  Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Death was a homicide, pathologist’s report concludes, as family calls for further arrests

Police officers speak to demonstrators in front of the police station in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

Sweeping protests see curfews in 22 states, police officers fired due to ‘excessive use of force’

Curfews were imposed on major US cities as clashes over police brutality erupted across America. Photograph:  Seth Herald / AFP

Trump denounces protesters and designates anti-fascist group Antifa a terrorist organisation

Police detain a protester in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday night. Photograph:   Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

George Floyd’s death in police custody was the trigger, but African-American fury has deep roots

An Austin Police Department officer sprays pepper spray at a protester in Austin, Texas, as demonstrations took place around the country. Photograph: AP

Public anger over death of man in police custody spills on to streets

Rioters are seen in  front of a store set ablaze during protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Photograph: EPA

Arrest of police officer following death of George Floyd (46) fails to calm tensions

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste Simon Coveney engaging with regional groups ahead of June 17th vote

 Ilhan Omar  is as much defined by her opposition to Donald Trump as by her own political beliefs and achievements. Photograph:  Leigh Vogel/Getty Images

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 Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with the murder of George Floyd.  Photograph: Darnella Frazier/Facebook/AFP via Getty Images

Trump downplays Twitter post that social media firm flagged as ‘glorifying violence’

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