US president Donald Trump speaks to the press as he leaves Washington for a campaign event in North Carolina. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty

US president doubles down on comments casting doubt on integrity of election

Police clamp down on street protesters in Louisville after a grand jury decided not to bring charges against  officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor. Photograph: Xavier Burrell/New York Times

Police not charged by grand jury over shooting dead of woman in Louisville in March

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is expected to arrive in Washington on Monday. File photograph: Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs expected to meet Nancy Pelosi and Richard Neal

‘Well we’re going to have to see what happens: US president Donald Trump said at a Whitehouse press conference when asked about a peaceful transfer of power after election. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/The New York Times

The US president’s comments come as violence flared in US cities after decision on Breonna Taylor

The casket of US supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the US supreme court in Washington, DC. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Two other officers who engaged in shoot-out with Taylor’s boyfriend after entering her apartment are cleared

Utah senator Mitt Romney. ‘Though a moderate on many issues  he is a proud Republican.’ Photograph: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Bloomberg

Analysis: Romney’s intervention disappoints Democrats but his conservative credentials are clear

Republican senator  Mitt Romney has said he will consider Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee. Photograph: EPA/Michael Reynolds

Democrats had hoped Mitt Romney and others would stymie the US president’s attempts to appoint a successor to the late Ruth Bader (...)

 US president Donald Trump addressing the UN general assembly in a pre-recorded message  at the UN in New York. Photograph: Eskinder Debebe/UN/AFP via Getty Images

US president says UN must hold China accountable for ‘unleashing virus on world’

Indiana-based judge  Amy Coney Barrett: has been interviewed by US president Donald Trump.  Photograph: Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP

In wake of McConnell speech, appointment of supreme court justice just matter of timing

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo: Donald Trump recognises  the Iran deal as  an “abject failure” and  “exercise in appeasement”.  Photograph: Patrick Semansky

US request other nations comply likely to deepen tensions with western allies

 Flowers, candles and messages encircle an image of the late US justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is understood her dying wish was that her successor  be appointed after the election. Photograph: Michael Reynolds

The US president to select late Ginsburg’s replacement amid controversy on action ahead of election

Steve Adams at his Trump Store in Owatonna, Minnesota. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

State encapsulates demographic, social divides driving political polarisation in the US

 Two women embrace as people gathered outside the Supreme Court to pay  respects to  US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in Washington DC on Saturday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Brooklyn native was only the second woman to be appointed to the US Supreme Court

US supreme court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg who was suffering from pancreatic cancer died at her home in Washington on Friday. She was 87. Photograph: NIcholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Trump could nominate third judge for lifelong term even if he loses upcoming election

One of Wisconsin’s tourist attractions is a bronze sculpture of Henry Winkler, aka ‘the Fonz’ from the sitcom Happy Days. Photograph: Bettmann Archive/Getty

Many believe November’s election will be won or lost in suburbs such as Elm Grove, Milwaukee

US supreme court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg attends an event at New York Law School in New York, New York, US, in February 2018. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Judge’s death raises possibility of third Trump nominee to US supreme court

 Protesters   in Madison, state capital of  Wisconsin,  in the aftermath of the  killing  of George Floyd  in police custody. Photograph: Lawrence Iles/Icon Sportswire

America Letter: US landscape is defined by small towns and cities – so too is its politics

 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden   on  TV as  President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on board Air Force One after a campaign rally in Wisconsin.  Photograph:  AFP via Getty Images

Republicans becoming increasingly concerned they could lose their majority in the Senate

Donald Trump and George Stephanopoulos at the televised  public event  in Philadelphia, during which  the president denied he downplayed the threat of Covid-19. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

US president defends his handling of the pandemic during public event

Mr Biden, who is an Irish-American, is currently leading in polls as he seeks to become the 46th president of the United States. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Presidential candidate says any US-UK trade deal must be contingent upon respect for agreement

Bahrain’s foreign minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US president Donald Trump and UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan  hold up documents after participating in the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House. Photograph:    Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Israel, Bahrain and UAE sign peace agreement in foreign policy win for administration

US president Donald Trump was briefed on the fires by California governor Gavin Newsom. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Biden denounces rival as ‘climate arsonist’ as president visits fire-ravaged California

With just over seven weeks to go before the US presidential election, polls show that Joe Biden is ahead, both nationally, and in swing states that typically determine the outcome of the election. Photograph: Getty Images

Everything you need to know about the November 3rd contest between Trump and Biden

House Ways and Means committee chairman Richard Neal said he hoped that the British government ‘upholds the rule of law and delivers on the commitments it made during Brexit negotiations’. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

America Letter: Irish influence in Congress is strongest it has been since Brexit vote

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden  speaks with Maria Fisher (90) whose son, Andrew Fisher, was killed in the World Trade Centre terror attack 19 years ago. Photograph: Amr Alfiky/New York Times

Evidence emerges of US election interference threats by Russia, China and Iran

US president Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA/Bloomberg

President attacks Biden’s ‘swine flu’ record amid fallout from Bob Woodward interviews

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “What were they thinking? Whatever it is, I hope they’re not thinking of a US-US bilateral trade agreement.” Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

House speaker reiterates there will be no US-UK trade agreement if London risks peace in NI

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at United Auto Workers union headquarters in Warren, Michigan on Wednesday. The former vice-president denounced Donald Trump over revelations in a new book by Bob Woodward that the president deliberately minimised the danger of Covid-19. Photograph: Amr Alfiky/New York Times

US Wrap: President flies to battleground state of Michigan a day after rival Joe Biden

‘Whatever form it takes, Brexit cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement,’  house speaker Nancy Pelosi  said. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Britain must ‘respect the Northern Ireland Protocol as signed with the EU’, House speaker says

Any post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the US must be approved by Congress. Photograph: Getty

Ways and Means chairman says he hopes UK government will stick to rule of law

  US president Donald  Trump speaks about the environmental accomplishments for the people of Florida  in Jupiter, Florida. Photograph:  Cristobal Herrera-Ulashkevich/EPA

US president tells Florida event Biden presidency would cause energy prices to ‘rocket’

 Toasting former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, New York mayor Bill de Blasio proposed St Patrick’s Day be named “Gerry Adams Day” in New York. The then taoiseach Leo Varadkar looked on.  Photograph: Getty Images

Performance of Dublin Government being keenly watched by Irish-American lobby

The Trump administration spent much of Friday disputing an article in the Atlantic magazine which claimed that the president did not want to visit a war cemetery in Paris in 2018. Photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Tentative signs of recovery as US unemployment falls; president fights back over Atlantic article concerning visit to Paris in 201(...)

19th-century image of the main street in Butte, Montana: no longer a thriving industrial centre. Photograph: Bildagentur-online/Universal Images Group

America Letter: Butte is one of several small urban centres across state with liberal streak

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks after a virtual meeting on safe school reopening, in Wilmington, Delaware, on September 2nd. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

Democrat meets family of black man shot by police in Kenosha and takes part in ‘listening session’ with city’s community leaders

US president Donald Trump talks to supporters upon arrival at Wilmington International Airport in Wilmington, North Carolina. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Democrat calls for healing as he prepares to travel to Wisconsin city hit by unrest

US senator Ed Markey raises hands with his wife, Susan Blumenthal, after speaking at a primary election night event at Malden Public Library on September 1st, 2020 in Malden, Massachusetts. Photograph: Allison Dinner/Getty Images

Defeat for grandson of Robert Kennedy marks family’s first electoral loss in Massachusetts

US president Donald Trump  in Kenosha, Wisconsin. ‘I really came today to thank law enforcement. What you’ve done has been incredible.’ Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

US president defends ‘inspiring’ police following demonstrations over Blake killing

Protesters for and against Donald Trump in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, as the president visited. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

President denounces violence in west coast city on way to Kenosha, another scene of unrest

A protester holds a Black Lives Matter sign during a demonstration against the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsint. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images

President to proceed with Kenosha visit despite stated opposition of the state’s Democratic governor

Joe Biden: Trump ‘can’t stop the violence, because for years he has fomented it’.

Democratic White House contender accuses president of relinquishing moral leadership

Rev Al Sharpton, centre, founder and president of National Action Network, and Martin Luther King III, third from right, march with others during the  protest against racism and police brutality in Washington, DC. Photograph: Olivier Douliery / AFP via Getty

Families of George Floyd and Jacob Blake call for racial justice

Joe Kennedy III has been building his political profile in Washington since his election to the House of Representatives in 2013. Photograph: Simon Simard/Bloomberg

America Letter: RFK grandson Joe Kennedy III challenging Ed Markey for Senate seat

US president Donald Trump with family members watches fireworks on the final day of the Republican National Convention on the South Lawn of the White House. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski

TV flair and production were to fore as Trump drew on family and voter-group testimony

President Donald Trump is joined on stage by family members during the final night of the Republican National Convention. Photograph: New York Times

‘No one will be safe in Biden’s America,’ US president tells supporters in White House speech

Rusten Sheskey, the officer who shot  Jacob Blake several times in the back. Photograph: Kenosha Police Department

Suspect held over killing of two men in clash between armed civilians and Black Lives Matter protesters

US vice-president Mike Pence at the Republican National Convention, at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/EPA

Mike Pence accepts Republican party’s nomination for vice-president at convention

European Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan did not appear at the event for 10 minutes due to technical difficulties. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch/Twitter

European commissioner speaks about EU-US trade at Washington teleconference

Protesters face off with police  in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night, during demonstrations over the shooting of Jacob Blake. Photograph: Kamil  Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images

Trump to send federal troops to Kenosha after violence following police shooting of Jacob Blake

US first lady Melania Trump addresses the Republican Convention during its second day from the Rose Garden of the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP

US first lady tells Republican convention her husband is an ‘authentic’ president who gets things done

Kimberly Guilfoyle, a fundraiser and former Fox News personality, speaking during the first day of the Republican convention. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Donald Trump promised a positive message but most speakers echoed his bleak tone

Former United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses the Republican National Convention via live feed at the Mellon Auditorium on Monday. Photograph: EPA

Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley says ‘radical left would be a disaster’ for US economy

US president Donald Trump: “They will take your guns away . . . Our country will never be a socialist country.” Photograph: Chris Carlson

Officially nominated, president attacks postal votes and gun control as Conway set to retire

Supporters of US president Donald Trump and of  Democratic presidential nominee  Joe Biden hold signs as Trump’s motorcade arrives at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Sunday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

Scale of convention curtailed by Covid-19, but will be ‘hybrid’ of in-person and virtual events

US president Donald Trump delivers remarks on the economy at Mankato Regional Airport, Minnesota, on August 17th. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden’s once-commanding lead in polls is shrinking. The 2020 election is still too close to call

 US vice-president Joe Biden meets locals in Ballina, Co Mayo during a visit to Ireland in  June 2016. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

America Letter: In January, the White House could have an Irish-American hue

Under the agreement announced on Friday, the EU will eliminate tariffs on US lobster products, worth about $111 million (€94 million) a year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

‘Mutually beneficial agreement’ will be positive for both economies, Phil Hogan says

Presidential nominee Joe Biden and California senator Kamala Harris, his running mate, at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention in Delaware. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Unorthodox virtual event was a surprising success and a pre-election boost for the party

Former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Delaware last night. Photograph: Bloomberg

Candidate quotes Heaney’s ‘The Cure at Troy’ and the moment ‘when hope and history rhyme’

Steve Bannon: charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in relation to a fundraising campaign to support the building of the US-Mexico border wall. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Ex-Trump adviser accused of scheme that defrauded ‘hundreds of thousands of donors’

Former US president Barack Obama speaks during the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Blistering speech by ex-president as Kamala Harris makes history at Democratic convention

Former US vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, and his wife Jill Biden address the Democratic National Convention via video on Tuesday. Photograph: New York Times

Former secretary of state Colin Powell appears at party convention to back candidate

 Donald Trump: “It will end up being a rigged election or they will never come out with an outcome. They’ll have to do it again, and nobody wants that.”  Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

US president predicts a ‘rigged election’ in November if universal postal voting is adopted

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Image: AP

Democratic National Convention also hears contributions from former Republicans

Mr Trump chastised his Democratic rival Joe Biden for ‘staying in his basement’. Photograph: EPA

Democrats’ sympathy with ‘lawbreakers and criminals’, says president on campaign trail

Louis De Joy, a Republican donor  who was appointed by the president to lead the postal service,  has introduced several changes, including reducing overtime hours. Democrats say this is a political effort to interfere in the election. Photograph: DEPA/Michael Reynolds

President Donald Trump has claimed postal voting will lead to a ‘rigged election’

Donald Trump embraces his brother Robert at an election night event in Manhattan, November 8th, 2016. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

US president’s brother died in New York on Saturday night

Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris  at an event to announce her place on the Democratic party’s presidential ticket, in Wilmington, August 14th. Photograph: Michelle V Agins/The New York Times

Speakers at four-day event include Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. That Biden chose a candidate so evidently symbolising generational change has raised some Democratic hopes that he is resurrecting the winning Obama-Biden combination of 2008 and 2012. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

The Trump campaign has a battle on its hands as its confronts a Biden-Harris ticket

US president Donald Trump: his wife Melania and he requested an absentee ballot in Florida to enable them to vote remotely in November. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski

Obama urges protection of US poll integrity as president fuels ‘birther’ idea around Harris

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

America Letter: Incoherent nature of attacks on Biden’s running mate highlight her threat

US president Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg

Vice presidential nominee criticises president’s management of pandemic

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: the rapprochement between Tel Aviv and the federation of sheikhdoms is a win. Photograph: Abir Sultan

Countries to open diplomatic relations for first time and Palestine accuses UAE of selling out

Double act: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his vice-presidential running mate Senator Kamala Harris arrive for their first press conference in Delaware. Photograph: Getty

‘Every American should be wearing a mask when outside for the next three months’

Jared Kushner during a briefing at the White House. “The work President Trump has done in the Middle East has been very underrated, particularly when you consider what had happened in the previous eight years.” Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Agreement between the two countries described as ‘a complete sellout’ of Palestinians

Senator Kamala Harris, presumptive Democratic vice-presidential nominee, listens as Joe Biden speaks in   Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

Senator says she is ‘proud to stand’ with former vice-president on Democratic ticket

California senator Kamala Harris, who has been selected by Joe Biden as his Democratic Party running mate in November’s US presidential election. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

Critics say Joe Biden’s running mate took insufficient action against police misconduct during legal career

Senator Kamala Harris: named by  Joe Biden as his running mate in the US presidential election. Photograph: EPA

Presumptive Democratic nominee leading Donald Trump by 10 points, new poll shows

US president Donald Trump is escorted away from a news conference by a member of the secret service.  Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/CNP/Bloomberg

US president tells press conference suspect had been shot by secret service operatives

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

Choice of Gettysburg could be electorally advantageous to president in re-election bid

Maryland governor Larry Hogan: “I think now many of our mayors and our governors are making the mistake of allowing destructive mobs to take over their cities without taking any action.” Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Irish-American anti-Trump Republican has written a memoir. But will he run in 2024?

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

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