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

Ireland is competing with Norway and Canada for two of the rotating seats on the 15-member UN Security Council. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

America Letter: General Assembly in New York presents opportunity to press Irish case

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty

US media outlets report that conversation revealed by whistleblower involved Ukraine

White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney  joked that he was going to ‘put a plug in’ for Lahinch golf club where he is an overseas life member. Photograph:  The New York Times

Mulvaney says Brexit is an ‘internal’ issue but Good Friday agreement should be respected

 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman receiving US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Bandar Aljaloud / Saudi royal court handout/ EPA

Any attack on Iranian territory would be met with a ‘rapid and crushing’ response – Iran

Robert C O’Brien arrives at the district court in Stockholm, Sweden, earlier this year. Photograph: Fredrik Persson/EPA

US president confirms Robert C O’Brien is his fourth appointment to the role in three years

US president Donald Trump’s announcement will heap further pressure on a country which has been struggling economically. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

Saudi Arabia presents what it says is evidence that Iranians sponsored attack on oil facility

The bronze plaque, which displays the words of the 1916 proclamation, will be added to the Washington Monument. Photograph: iStock

Ireland to become 17th country with its own representation at the US site

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Iran rules out talks with US, while Mike Pence says America is ‘locked and loaded’

 US president Trump participates in the swearing-in ceremony of Brett Kavanaugh (R) as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, DC. File Photographh: Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images

New claims prompt Democratic nominees to call for supreme court justice’s impeachment

US president Donald Trump speaks with Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain, left, during a meeting at the White House. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg

‘I don’t want war with anybody, but we are prepared more than anybody’

It is understood that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also raised the issue of tariffs during his meeting with US vice-president Mike Pence earlier this month. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Whiskey Association representatives to meet US trade officials Washington

Trump and Pence on the campaign trail in 2016. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The US president’s relationship with his VP looks strained, and the Doonbeg stay hasn’t helped

President Donald Trump and his former national security adviser John Bolton: Bolton’s departure was welcomed by many Trump allies who feared he could lead America into further conflict. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

America Letter: President may be shifting from hawkishness in overseas relations

Migrants waiting near the Paso del Norte Bridge at the Mexico-US border. Photograph: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty

Supreme court decision likely to severely curb number of people who can seek asylum

Former US vice president Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic Party presidential debate in Texas. Photograph: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times.

Fiery exchanges during third primary debate with all still to play for in race for nomination

 Democratic presidential candidate senator Elizabeth Warren speaks during the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photograph:  Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Biden and Warren to face off for first time as former vice-president’s lead in polls slips

US president Donald Trump speaks during an Oval Office announcement  at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

US president says former national security adviser was ‘not in line’ with policy

US vice-president Mike Pence and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Farmleigh House on Tuesday. Photograph:  Pool/Getty

Hard border would have a ‘deeply destructive’ impact on Ireland, Varadkar says

US vice-president Mike Pence said Doonbeg was the ‘logical’ choice to use as a base for his visit to Ireland. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

US vice-president’s support for British position on EU talks unexpected

US vice-president Mike Pence during a joint news conference with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House in Dublin. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

US vice-president’s robust support for Britain had not been expected at Farmleigh event

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and his partner Matthew Barrett  welcome US vice-president Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence  to Famleigh House in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Faith/ AFP

Trump suggested Pence stay at his property but it was not ‘request’ or ‘command’

US vice-president Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence arrive at Shannon airport for the start of an official visit to Ireland. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

The US vice-president, who is visiting Ireland, is a serene presence at Trump’s right hand

Exile’s barman Donagh Gilhooly: “The warmth and welcome of an Irish bar, but without being too heavily themed.” Photograph: Marty Katz/

Staff and customers in Exiles bar discuss emigrant voting, chippers and jobs

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in Buckingham Palace, London,  in June. Both are a regular, but silent, presence at White House events, eschewing the kind of Twitter-fuelled bombast that the president embraces. Photograph:  Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump jnr are only too happy to play politics

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi: Given her  ability to whip votes, few Democrats are likely to break with Ms Pelosi if her demands about the Belfast Agreement are ignored. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

White House trade pledge empty without backing from pro-Irish House Speaker

US congresswoman Ilhan Abdullahi Omar: denied entry to Israel. File photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Netanyahu move to prevent Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from travelling unexpected

Christian Heyne, who lost his mother to gun violence, urges Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to legislate on background checks. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Trump speaking to senators from both parties to gauge support for possible measures

US speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi  said that, whatever form Brexit takes, it ‘cannot be allowed to imperil the Good Friday Agreement’. File photograph: Reuters

House speaker rejects John Bolton’s assertion that British trade deal will be a priority

US national security advisor John Bolton arrives for a meeting with Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid at Downing Street in London, Britain. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Officials continue to highlight Ireland’s concerns about Brexit impact on Belfast agreement

US vice president Mike Pence greets supporters as he arrives at a campaign rally for  President Donald Trump in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 1st. Photograph: Bryan Woolston

US vice president is expected to arrive in Dublin on September 6th for a two-day visit

President Donald Trump: Pennsylvania’s economic performance “would have never happened without me”.  Photograph: Susan Walsh

10% tariff on certain Beijing goods planned for September 1st put off until December 15th

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett with US vice-president Mike Pence and his sister Anne Pence Poynter at the vice-president’s official residence in Washington DC in March. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

US vice-president’s ancestors hailed from Doonbeg, Co Clare, where Trump has golf course

 US attorney for the southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman (right) points as he speaks during a news conference about the arrest of American financier Jeffrey Epstein in New York on July 8th. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Finance executive died in US prison while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges

The Metropolitan Correctional Facility in New York, where Jeffrey Epstein was found unresponsive in his jail cell. Photograph: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

Billionaire facing sex-trafficking charges dies in ‘apparent suicide’ in New York jail cell

Patients attend the Remote Area Medical Clinic which treats the poorest in America, those squeezed out by ‘the punishing health system’. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

‘I don’t know what we would have done without the clinic . . . They just give you the help you need’

 Guns and ammunition on sale at a shop in Sacramento, California.  About a third of US gun owners have five guns or more, figures show. Photograph: Andrew Burton/The New York Times

America Letter: Focus turns to discredited ‘red-flag’ Bills after events in Ohio and Texas

US president Donald  Trump: claims Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden is “not playing with a full deck”. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

US president’s confidence at odd with signs senior Republicans oppose such controls

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