Liz Cheney: warns  Republican Party’s future is at stake if the party continues to give credence to Donald Trump’s baseless claims. Photograph: Amr Alfiky/New York Times

Party stands by former US president as he continues false claims about election he lost

US president Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty

GOP increasingly suspicious of president’s proposal in face of poor employment figures

President Joe Biden: “So far there is no evidence from our intelligence people that Russia is involved, although there is some evidence that the actor’s ransomware is based in Russia.”  Photograph:  Drew Angerer/Getty

Defending strategy, president rejects idea people turning down jobs due to benefits

US president Joe Biden said the plan should be judged over the course of a year, not 60 days. ‘We never thought that, after the first 50 or 60 days, everything would be fine.’ Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/EPA

Securing support for more spending plans set to be a significant challenge for the president

Honduran immigrant Nani (10) is greeted by her aunt Saiyda Gonzalez upon her arrival to Louisville, Kentucky. The unaccompanied minor had been released that day from US Health and Human Services custody after spending nearly eight weeks in shelters. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Volume of arrivals at US-Mexico border putting extreme pressure on system

Idle healthcare workers waiting  for people to  vaccinate  at a clinic in a  library in Pasadena, Texas. Photograph:  Cecile Clocheret/AFP via Getty Images

America Letter: Some states have taken to giving out free beer to encourage people to get their jab

Liz Cheney on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Melina Mara/Pool via The New York Times

Prominent Trump critic looks set to fall prey to party still in thrall to former president

Former special envoy Mitchell Reiss said there is a ‘real need’ for US reprsentation in Northern Ireland.

Congressional hearing on Belfast Agreement told of issues still facing North

Facebook’s independent oversight board was handed the task of reviewing the company’s suspension of Donald Trump’s access to his account.  Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty

Former US president was denied access to his account after Capitol riots in January

US president Joe Biden: “Democrats and Republicans, people of all persuasions, are getting vaccinated.” Photograph: Alex Edelman

Biden signals plan to vaccinate teenagers and focus on rural areas with mobile clinics

Samantha Power participates in a ceremonial swearing-in with US vice-president Kamala Harris at the White House complex in Washington, DC. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Former ambassador to UN pays tribute to Kamala Harris as she takes oath of office

Donald Trump: false claims of election fraud continue to resonate with millions of his supporters. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

Former US president continues to allege voter fraud in election won by Joe Biden

 Joe Biden’s blitz of spending over his first 100 days as US president represents a colossal injection of cash into the US economy. Photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

An array of new policy initiatives could have profound implications for the US economy

Workers sort and count mail-in ballots  in Doral, Florida, last November. The state is set to usher in a host of voting restrictions. Photograph: Scott McIntyre/New York Times

Republican legislature latest to make polls more secure in wake of Trump’s fraud claims

If New York had counted 89 more people than the 20.2 million registered, the state would have held on to all of its 27 its seats in the House of Representatives. Instead, one of its seats when to Minnesota. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty

America Letter: Census results shape how electoral college votes are allocated in presidential elections

New York City police officers set up barricades to contain members of the media outside the building where Rudy Giuliani lives. Federal investigators executed search warrants at Mr Giuliani’s Manhattan residence and office. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

Authorities examine whether lawyer illegally lobbied Trump administration in 2019

At a live televised address from the Capitol, US president Joe Biden sets out the achievements of his first 100 days in office. Photograph: Melina Mara-Pool/Getty

American Families Plan proposes extra state support for childcare and education

US vice-president Kamala Harris reads to her audience at a signing event for her children’s book Superheroes Are Everywhere. Photograph: Michael Tullberg/Getty

False stories involving Kamala Harris, and Biden’s climate plan, travelled far and wide

US president Joe Biden speaking on the North Lawn of the White House in Washington  on  April 27th. Photograph:  Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

President also expected to outline second part of his infrastructure plan, and to address foreign policy issues

 Gavin Newsom: the California’s governor’s   team have blamed Republicans and far-right conspiracy theorists for orchestrating the recall vote.  Photograph: Patrick T allon/AFP/Getty

State officials receive over 1.6m petition signatures – enough to trigger a new ballot

 US is looking at options to share the AstraZeneca doses because the vaccine has not yet been authorised for US use by the FDA. Photograph: Vano Shlamov/ AFP via Getty

Exports will not begin immediately as there are ‘zero doses’ available, White House says

A rally in Atlanta, Georgia, following the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty

America Letter: The scale of the challenge to reform the criminal justice system is huge

 US president Joe Biden: Has spoken at length about renewing the transatlantic relationship and working closely with European allies. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

US president to attend G7 in England and Nato summit in Brussels on first overseas trip

The  funeral  of Daunte Wright at Shiloh Temple International Ministries   in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photograph:  Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Wright was shot by police officer after he was pulled over in Minneapolis on April 11th

 US president Joe Biden: A  declaration would not carry any tangible penalties beyond humiliating Turkey and tainting its history with an inevitable comparison to the Holocaust. Photograph: Doug Mills/EPA

Move on anniversary of killing of estimated 1.5m civilians indicative of strained Turkey relations

US attorney general Merrick Garland has announced a civil investigation into Minneapolis policing practices after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of Geroge Floyd last May. Photograph:  Andrew Harnik-Pool/ Getty

Justice department to determine if pattern of excessive use of force exists

Booking photo of convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Photograph:  Minnesota Department of Corrections handout/ EPA

Police officer who killed 16-year-old girl in Ohio is put on administrative leave

Shania Covington Smith and her son Pernell (2) at the shrine where George Floyd was murdered last May. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Anxiety and fears subside as people pay their respects at George Floyd murder site

People celebrate as the verdict is announced in the trial of Derek Chauvin outside the Hennepin County Government Centre in Minneapolis. Photograph: Chandan Khanna/AFP

With blue wall of silence broken in George Floyd trial, Biden calls for ‘real change’

George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd wipes his eyes during a news conference on Tuesday, after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of Mr Floyd. Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP

Biden calls for new legislation on police reform, says verdict is ‘step forward’ for US

Frederick King listens to a speaker at a rally in Minneapolis on Monday. Photograph: Morry Gash/AP

The African-American man’s death at the knee of Derek Chauvin had a profound impact

The George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis. Photograph: Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

Cheers erupt outside courthouse in Minneapolis after verdict in case that gripped nation

A demonstration near the George Floyd Memorial in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photograph: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty

Ex-police officer could face up to 40 years in jail if convicted of George Floyd murder

Defence attorney Eric Nelson and  former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Chauvin is on trial over the death of  George Floyd in May 2020.  Screen grab: Court TV/Pool via AP

Verdict in George Floyd death due this week as protests over Daunte Wright killing continue

  A demonstrator kneels and holds up his arms as police fires tear gas in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Station. Photograph: Kerem Yucel/AFP

The police killing of Daunte Wright in the city where George Floyd was killed has shocked America

US president Joe Biden  and Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga  take part in an expanded bilateral meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty

China tops the agenda of bilateral meeting with Yoshihide Suga in Washington

A body is taken from a   FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, where a  gunman on Thursday killed eight people and injured at least seven in a mass shooting. Photograph: A J Mast/The New York Times

Gunman opens fire at FedEx centre near Indianapolis airport in Indiana

‘I spent hours selecting lavish hotels in Cancún on offer for a snip, blithely ignoring the rocketing Covid case numbers in Mexico.’ Photograph: Elizabeth Ruiz/AFP via Getty

Mexico to Meath cunning plan to beat US travel ban fell apart when I got virus

A demonstrator holds a sign reading “Stop Killing Black People” as she stands outside the Brooklyn Center police station while protesting the death of Daunte Wright . Photograph: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty

Kimberly Potter (48) shot and killed man after he was pulled over for a traffic offence in Minneapolis

Michael Odiari attempts to calm tension between protesters and law enforcement outside the Brooklyn Center police headquarters on Wednesday night in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Photograph: Getty Images

Protests continue in Minneapolis as Kimberly Potter charged with manslaughter

Daunte Wright and his son Daunte Jr at the child’s first birthday party. A white police officer, Kimberly Potter, has been charged with manslaughter over Wright’s killing. Photograph: Ben Crump Law, PLLC. via AP

Protests continue in Minneapolis after shooting of 20-year-old black man

Ben Crump (left), attorney for the family of George Floyd, comforts Katie Wright, the mother of Daunte Wright, outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday. Photograph: The New York Times

Decision to charge police officer over fatal shooting could be taken on Wednesday

People light candles and place flowers at a vigil for Daunte Wright in Portland, Oregon on Monday.  Photograph: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

US Wrap: Father rejects explanation that officer accidentally used gun instead of taser

Katie Wright, mother of Daunte Wright, with Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump and Wright family members,  during a press conference at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Tuesday. Photograph:  Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Violent scenes all too familiar as protests continue over shooting of Daunte Wright

A man raises his fist as he faces the Minnesota State Troopers standing guard outside the Brooklyn Center police station after a police officer shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in Minneapolis. Photograph: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty

Officers use tear gas and stun guns as protesters throw bricks and water bottles

Police and National Guard outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department in Minnesota on Monday after a night of unrest following the shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a routine traffic stop on Sunday afternoon. Photograph: Craig Lassig/EPA

US Wrap: Minneapolis braced for more unrest as Derek Chauvin trial continues nearby

Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg at a press briefing  on Friday said  the new infrastructure plan would create ‘millions of good jobs for communities across the country’. Photograh: Andrew Harnik/ AP

Transportation secretary supports reversing corporate tax cuts to fund spending package

A union supporter stands outside the Amazon fulfilment centre in Bessemer, Alabama, where some employees are unhappy about the work conditions. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP via Getty

Campaigners vow to appeal result, amid accusations of voter intimidation at Alabama centre

Nationalist youths attack police officers in the Springfield Road area of Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Another night of violence in Northern Ireland sees a further 19 police officers injured and two arrests

Sharon Martens (R) and lawyer Doug Kingsbury with Molly Martens leaving Davidson County jail

Father and daughter appealed conviction for murder of Irish man Jason Corbett in US

President Joe Biden speaks about gun regulations from the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

Gun violence epidemic an ‘international embarrassment’, says president

Defence attorney Eric Nelson (left) and former police officer Derek Chauvin, on trial for the  murder of George Floyd,  at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Thursday. Photograph: Court TV via AP

Expert witness Martin Tobin says Floyd was unable to breathe as a result of police officers’ actions

A car on fire at the Peace Gates in Lanark Way, Belfast, on  Wednesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland Executive calls for end to ‘deplorable’ street violence

Molly Martens seen in court with a mark on her forehead

Judge sets $200,000 bond as lawyers decline to comment on reports of plea bargain

Molly Martens and her father Tom Martens. Photographs: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Killers of Limerick man Jason Corbett set for hearing amid plea deal negotiations

Joe Biden: “Better times are ahead – you can have a safe and happy fourth of July . . . the real question is how much death disease and misery we’re going to see before now and then.”  Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg

Rollout continues apace as around 3 million vaccines are being administered each day nationally

Molly Martens  leaving prison with her lawyer

Victim’s sister says district attorney plans to proceed with retrial of Limerick man’s killing

Vice-president Kamala Harris. File photograph: Michael M Santiago/Getty

Suzanne Lynch flies high on Air Force Two with the US vice-president

White House press secretary Jen Psaki: President Joe Biden will outline “a broad, bold vision on how we can invest in America, American workers and communities”.   Photograph: Doug Mills

US to follow $1.9tn coronavirus package with $3tn-plus support for roads, rail and energy

 A mother and daughter pose for a photograph at the George Floyd memorial , the site where Floyd died in police custody, in Minneapolis on Monday. Photograph:  Craig Lassig/EPA

Lawyers argue ‘excessive’ force was used as ex-officer’s trial begins in Minneapolis

US troops in Kuschamond, Afghanistan. Photograph:  Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty

America Letter: US due to withdraw its remaining troops from region on May 1st

US president Joe Biden smiles during the first news conference of his presidency in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President announces plan for 200m vaccine shots in first 100 days at first press conference

Migrant families pray for the opening up of the United States border near the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. Photograph: Joebeth Terriquez/EPA

Administration struggles to cope as over 100,000 migrants apprehended in February alone at border

US vice-president Kamala Harris: ‘There is no reason why we have assault weapons on the streets of a civil society. They are weapons of war.’ Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

US Wrap: Vice-president says legislation will have more impact than executive orders

Joe Biden: It will be the first time in 13 years that a US president has joined a European Council meeting. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/ The New York Times

Meeting comes as US rebuffs calls from Brussels to share its AstraZeneca vaccines

Customers  leaving  the King Soopers  store in Boulder, Colorado,   following the fatal mass  shooting. Photograph:  Hart Van Denburg/Colorado Public Radio via AP

Man charged with 10 counts of murder after opening fire in supermarket in Colorado

People gather during spring break at  Miami Beach, Florida: The US is reporting 50,000-60,000 Covid cases per day, and the daily death toll stands at about 1,000. Photograph: Cristobal Herrera-Ulashkevich

Clinical trial results push AstraZeneca closer to FDA approval amid fears of cases growing

 The US president Joe Biden and  vice-president Kamala Harris during a visit  to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Friday. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Mass shootings prompt national conversation about racism against Asian-American community

President Joe Biden during a virtual meeting with  Taoiseach Micheál Martin on St Patrick’s Day: British officials have stepped up their efforts in Washington. Photograph: Erin Scott/New York Times

America Letter: Despite US affection for Ireland, Britain remains close partner

Officials including US secretary of state Antony Blinken (second on right) and Yang Jiechi (second on left), director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, at a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Antony Blinken and Chinese counterparts have tense exchange days after Biden-Putin spat

Some at Cabinet believe the incidence of Covid-19 is not low enough to warrant relaxation of restrictions, while others believe the Government will lose vital public buy-in without a change. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Pessimism expressed on key metrics of hospitalisations, vaccinations and cases

US president Joe Biden during his virtual bilateral meeting with the Taoiseach on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Erin Scott/ EPA

Some 4 million AstraZeneca doses EU sought expected to go to US neighbours

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and US president Joe Biden hold a virtual bilateral meeting, as seen at the White House on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Covid-19 vaccine supply and Northern Ireland discussed during virtual bilateral meeting

US vice-president Kamala Harris participates in a virtual bilateral meeting with Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty

Events suggest an interest on the part of the first female vice-president in Northern Ireland affairs

Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaking with US  vice-president Kamala Harris via video link from Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Taoiseach tells US vice-president that her election ‘has written history at many levels’

The American Irish Historical Society property on Fifth Avenue. Photograph: Google Maps

Letitia James announces ‘thorough review’ of proposed sale of Fifth Avenue property

US president Joe Biden hosts Taoiseach Micheál Martin during a virtual bilateral event on St Patrick’s Day at the White House. Photograph: Getty

US president tells Taoiseach of ‘deep affection that we Americans have for Ireland and the people of Ireland’

US president Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Erin Scott/Bloomberg

NI First Minister and deputy to have virtual meeting with US vice-president

US vice-president Kamala Harris due to meet virtually tomorrow with Northern Ireland leaders. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

US Senate introduces resolution to support Belfast Agreement calling for ‘full implementation’

Migrants wait to enter a shelter in Tenosique, Tabasco state, Mexico: 100,441 people tried to cross  the southwest border in February. More than 9,000 were unaccompanied children. Photograph: Nicolo Filippo Rosso

Biden seeks to retain focus on vaccine rollout and relief plan despite Republican criticism

Taoiseach pushes back against calls in US for referendum on Irish unity  File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Martin stressed importance of reconciliation ahead of meeting Biden on Wednesday

The AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty

Government to await outcome of EMA investigation before deciding on future use of vaccine

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will also speak with US vice-president Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. File photograph: Julien Behal

Series of 78 country-specific ‘virtual receptions’ will be held, department says

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the issue of Northern Ireland will be discussed at his meeting with US president Joe Biden. File photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach tells CBS television show of reluctance to ‘pre-empt’ talks with president

US president Joe Biden will hold a virtual meeting on March 17th to mark St Patrick’s Day with  Taoiseach Micheál Martin.  Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Taoiseach to thank US president ‘for the US’s support for the Good Friday Agreement’

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Michelle O’Neill: as well as engagement with decision-makers in the American capital, Sinn Féin’s US arm has also increased its online presence since the Covid-19 pandemic hit

The party’s pervasive presence in the US has long been a challenge for Irish governments

US congressman Richard Neal: “This a reminder that there can be no disruption to the Good Friday Agreement, period.” Photograph: Getty Images

Richard Neal condemns decision to extend grace period for customs checks between NI and Britain

President Joe Biden speaking about the American Rescue Plan in the Rose Garden of the White House. Photograph: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

New Covid package brings to $4 trillion the amount the US has spent on shoring up its economy since pandemic began a year ago

President Joe Biden delivering his  primetime TV address  from the East Room of the White House, on Thursday. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

America Letter: As Covid-19 vaccine rollout accelerates, who will get America’s spare doses?

New York governor Andrew Cuomo: “I did not do what has been alleged. Period.” Photograph: Seth Wenig

Leading Democrats call for New York governor to quit over sexual harassment claims

 President Joe Biden:  The draft resolution states the reintroduction of “barriers, checkpoints or personnel on the island of Ireland”, including through the invocation of article 16, “would threaten the successes of the Good Friday [Belfast] Agreement”.  Photograph: Mandel Ngan

Move shows Capitol Hill supports peace process and opposes anything threatening it

US president Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan Bill with vice-president Kamala Harris looking on, in the Oval Office, in the White House, on Thursday. Photograph: Doug Mills / EPA/ POOL

Focus on foreign policy issues as US president signs into law the American Rescue Plan

US president Joe Biden speaking on the production of  Covid-19 vaccine in the South Court Auditorium next to the White House   on March 10th. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Big win for administration as US president announces additional 100m J&J vaccines

Government figures have criticised Sinn Féin’s call to set a date for an Irish unity referendum in a series of US newspapers ads. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Varadkar says SF an ‘obstacle’ to unity after group took out border poll ads in US papers

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald welcomed move of Irish American groups. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New York Times and Washington Post will carry half-page ads organised by party

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and EU commissioner Maros Sefcovic will brief the Friends of Ireland caucus on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. File photograph: iStock

This follows Britain announcing intention to extend grace period for post-Brexit checks on goods entering the North from Britain

 Joe Biden  during a visit to a hardware store in  Washington, DC. Passage of the $1.9 trillion stimulus plan would mark a major achievement for the US president. Photograph:  Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg

Congressional approval of plan would mark a significant achievement for president

 People  demonstrate outside the Hennepin County Government Center  in Minneapolis, Minnesota in advance of the trial of  former  Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd last May. Photograph:  Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Jury selection begins for one of the highest-profile trials in the USA in recent years

The M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, home of the Baltimore Ravens NFL team,  last week became the state’s third mass vaccination site. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Over a year after pandemic hit, US is beginning to see light at end of the tunnel

Protesters gather behind shields in case of a crackdown by security forces in Yangon, Myanmar. Photograph: The New York Times

Military junta steps up crackdown against those protesting against February 1st coup

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