Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman speaks during the inauguration of  US president Joe Biden  in Washington, DC in January. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

America Letter: Outgoing Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch reflects on the US

 Former president Donald  Trump speaks with Republican congressional candidate Mike Carey at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds  in Wellington, Ohio on Saturday. Photograph:  Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty

Former president lends support to coal lobbyist Mike Carey who won in 10-way primary

US president Joe Biden at the White House on Friday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

US Wrap: President urges Americans to get vaccinated as Delta Covid surge continues

A pop up Covid-19 vaccination site at Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri. Photograph:  Angus Mordant/Bloomberg

Development after government pressure as Delta variant continues surge across country

Protesters outside New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in Manhattan calling for his resignation or impeachment on Wednesday. Photograph: Desiree Rios/The New York Times

New York governor faces new criminal inquiries after report detailing sexual harassment

Lieutenant governor for New York Kathy Hochul: Would be the most Irish-American New York politician to hold the position since Hugh Carey four decades ago. Photograph: Michael M Santiago/Getty Images

Kathy Hochul will replace Andrew Cuomo if he quits or is impeached in harassment scandal

Outstanding issues which could impact the scope of the booster programme include advice on mixing vaccines, the space between second and booster doses, and precise definitions of the cohorts to be targeted. Photograph: Laetitia Vancon/New York Times

Healthcare workers and over-80s among those to receive booster under preliminary proposals

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo: “I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances. That is just not who I am, and that’s not who I have ever been.” Photograph: Johannes Eisele

NY attorney general determines Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women

New York attorney general Letitia James and New York governor Andrew Cuomo. Photograph: David Dee Delgado and Spencer Platt/AFP via Getty Images

Governor’s future in hands of NY state assembly after inquiry finds he sexually harassed 11 women

After taking many countries off its highest warning level since June, the US has been adding more countries back because of rising COVID-19 cases. File photograph: iStock

Greece, Iran and US Virgin Islands among others listed under ‘avoid travel’ warning

Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) (centre) and Cori Bush (D-MO) (right) protest on the steps to the House of Representatives at the US Capitol Building for an extension of the eviction moratorium. Photograph:  Samuel Corum/Getty

End of Covid-19 rent measure sparks calls for House of Representatives to return from recess

An Afghan security official stands guard as people arrive to offer Eid al-Adha prayers at a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan. Photograph: Alil Rezayee/EPA

Taliban have the momentum in Afghanistan as US withdraws, says retired US general

  Former US president Donald Trump attempted to overturn the election results,   notes released on Friday show. Photograph:  Andy Jacobsohn/AFP via Getty Images

Justice department orders US treasury to turn over former president’s tax returns

While the Hamilton is back in business after a tough year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, management is facing a new challenge – finding staff. File photograph: Amr Alfiky/New York Times

America Letter: Labour shortages and supply issues make it difficult for businesses to keep up

US President Joe Biden: ‘This is about life and death. I know people talk about freedom... but with freedom comes responsibility.’ Photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

US Wrap: New rules announced as Biden urges unvaccinated to get jab to curb virus

Dr Anthony Fauci: ‘We’re not changing the science. The virus changed, and the science evolved with the changing virus.’ Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times

Republicans furious as CDU recommends masks in certain settings due to Delta surge

US Capitol police officer Sgt Aquilino Gonell testifies before the House Select Committee. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Four officers give harrowing testimony on day one of the investigative hearings

The US Capitol Building. Photograph: Samuel Corum/Getty

Senior GOP figures point fingers at Nancy Pelosi for security failings on day of attack

People confront British soldiers on William Street in Derry minutes before paratroopers opened fire, killing 14 civilians on what became known as Bloody Sunday. File photograph: Getty

‘They robbed me of my mother, I was 12 years of age. They cannot rob me of justice’

Iraqi prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and US president Joe Biden: “Iraq has been a vital partner for the United States for some time now in the Middle East,” says Mr Biden. Photograph: Susan Walsh

US looks forward to ‘full and fair’ polls in Iraq in October and continuing strategic dialogue

Liz Cheney before a meeting at the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Capitol last week. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times

Police officers to testify on Tuesday about storming of building by Trump supporters

People wearing masks wait to cross the street in Hollywood, California, on Monday,  on the second day of the return of the indoor mask mandate in Los Angeles County due to a spike in coronavirus cases. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

America Letter: Reports of fully vaccinated becoming infected with Covid causing worry

People leaving the Nationals Park stadium as the game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres was interrupted due to a shooting outside the stadium in Washington, DC, on July 17th. File photograph: Getty

Justice department launches ‘strike forces’ to tackle flow of illegal weapons

US vice-president Kamala Harris meets Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  stakeholders: “The status quo of people living with uncertainty from one case to another is simply wrong.” Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump-terminated DACA leaves young migrants in legal limbo as Biden fights ruling

Republican Jim Jordan during a press conference in Washington Wednesday  reacts furiously to Nancy Pelosi’s decision to reject him for committee investigating January 6th riot. Photograph: Epa/Shawn Thew

Controversy as Trump allies not included on committee investigating storming of Capitol

Brexit minister David Frost pictured speaking at Westminster parliament on Wednesday  where he announced UK government’s bid for  changes to the Northern Ireland protocol.  Photograph: PRU/AFP via Getty Images

British government seeks ‘standstill’ period and significant amendments to protocol

British PM Boris Johnson discussed the Northern Ireland protocol with Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Tuesday. File photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Ministers to outline new proposals on trade between Britain and the North at Westminster

A woman is innoculated with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Citizens are being urged to ‘get vaccinated’. Photograph: Getty

Health officials in United States reiterate calls for Americans to avail of vaccination

Taoiseach Micheál Martin spoke with British prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday. Photograph: The Irish Times

US urges Britain, EU to negotiate within ‘existing mechanisms’ of Brexit agreement

An unused common detainee space in the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty

Transfer of Moroccan national by Biden administration a first since Trump era pause

The White House has accused the Chinese government of teaming up with criminal gangs to commit widespread cyber attacks, including one on Microsoft this year that affected tens of thousands of organisations.

White House says security agents are teaming up with criminal gangs

Brooklyn Borough President and New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

‘Some of the greatest’ on NYPD have Irish heritage, says former officer Eric Adams

Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/AFP via Getty

About 97% of people entering US hospitals with Covid-19 are unvaccinated

The demand for labour has also put pressure on US president Joe Biden. Photograph: Alex Edelman/Pool/EPA

US Letter: Housing and labour shortages add to uncertainty even as GDP roars ahead

German chancellor Angela Merkel and US president Joe Biden, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times/Bloomberg

US president raises American concerns about Russian gas link with chancellor

A US patrol in Afghanistan. The US  will evacuate thousands of Afghan interpreters and others who helped US forces in the country starting in late July. Photograph:  Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

Several Congress members urged Biden administration to look after at-risk contractors

Chairman of the Texas House Democratic Caucus Chris Turner speaks at a news conference held by Democratic members of the Texas state legislature. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

‘Have you no shame?’ Biden asks Republicans seeking to impose stricter voting rules

Police scuffle and detain an anti-government demonstrator during a protest in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday. Photograph: Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo

Thousands took to the streets of the socialist country in anti-government protests

The US president Joe Biden at a White House event to mark the news that 850,000 new jobs were created last month – a higher figure than had been expected. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President enters the holiday weekend missing his target to have 70 per cent of Americans inoculated with at least one shot of a Co(...)

A group comprised primarily of volunteers for the Board of Elections count absentee ballots for the New York city mayoral race. Photograph: Dave Sanders/The New York Times

America Letter: As race for mayor tightens, Trump pounces on vote counting slip-up

The supreme court, which has six Republican-nominated justices, voted along ideological lines, with the three liberal-leaning members of the court dissenting. Photograph: Michael Reynolds

Laws on vote discarding and third-party delivery deemed not in breach of 1965 Act

 Allen Weisselberg (C), the chief financial officer for the Trump Organization, is escorted by police officers into a court hearing. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Alan Weisselberg facing 15 charges as first member of Trump Organization indicted

Former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld has passed away. File photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Republican who twice served as defence secretary is credited as architect of Iraq War

US president Joe Biden said ‘we have to act, and act fast’ ahead of the annual fire season. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President bemoans ‘regular cycle’ as concerns rise about drought and wildfires

Afghan forces flying over Lashkar Gah, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, in May 2021. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

House votes on Bill to assist people who helped US troops as Taliban influence grows

Former US president Donald Trump speaking to  supporters during a “save America” rally at  Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio. Photograph: Matthew Hatcher/Bloomberg

The former president’s supporters gathered in force in a small rural county in Ohio

Former US president Donald Trump speaks during his rally in Wellington, Ohio, on June 26th, 2021. Photograph: STEPHEN ZENNER/AFP via Getty Images

Former president attacks Biden, Republican opponents and hints at third run

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the US Capitol in Washington on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Shawn Thew

Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Washington comes at critical moment for the two countries

Derek Chauvin had a record of using excessive force before George Floyd died beneath his knee in what prosecutors branded a ‘shocking abuse of authority’. File photographs: Getty

Chauvin placed Floyd in a fatal knee-to-neck restraint for nine minutes and 29 seconds

US president Joe Biden and Pope Francis: The Vatican issued a pre-emptory warning  the Eucharist vote could “become a source of discord rather than unity within the episcopate and the larger church in the United States”.  Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

America Letter: US bishops support banning pro-choice politicians from taking Eucharist

US president Joe Biden delivers remarks alongside vice-president Kamala Harris on the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure deal at the White House on Thursday. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Plan covers projects in clean energy, power grid upgrade and public transportation

Cian McLaughlin was last seen on the afternoon of June 8th at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Wyoming resident spoke to Cian McLaughlin at the national park before he went missing

President Joe Biden speaking about gun violence and crime prevention, at the White House in Washington. Photograph: (Doug Mills/the New York Times

US president warns shooting could spike as murders and violence increase across America

 New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams at an an  election night party in Brooklyn: “I am going to be your mayor,” he told supporters, adding: “The little guy won.”  Adams currently leads in first-choice votes. Photograph:  Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Former police officer secures 32 per cent of first preference vote

The US Ambassador’s residence at the the Phoenix park. File photograph: Alan Betson

Biden administration nominates representative who campaigned for president

 Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci  warned about the impact of the Delta variant, which now represents about 20% of all new Covid-19 cases in the US. File photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool  via AP

‘Few extra weeks’ needed to hit goal of administering one shot to 70% of adults by July 4th

Kathryn Garcia, a Democratic candidate for New York City mayor, does yoga in Times Square in Manhattan on Sunday. Photograph: Michelle V Agins/The New York Times

Winner is most likely to succeed Bill de Blasio when election takes place in November

June 14th: Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, US president Joe Biden, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg and Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson arrive for a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP via Getty

America Letter: It remains unclear if special envoy to Northern Ireland will be appointed

Democratic senator Joe Manchin (centre) has proposed a compromise to the voting rights Bill. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/ EPA

Democrats boosted by senator Joe Manchin’s proposed slimmed-down version of Bill

Cian McLaughlin was last seen ten days ago near the Grand Teton National Park

Cian McLaughlin last seen on ‘strenuous’ hike in Grand Teton National Park

US vice-president Kamala Harris (4-L) poses for a photo as president Joe Biden (C) signs the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/Pool/EPA

US president says date ‘marks the long night of slavery and a promise of a morning to come’

Russian president Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with US president Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16th. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Meeting between US and Russian leaders will dictate shape of relations for at least a year

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with US president Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

US president warns Russian leader of ‘devastating’ fallout if jailed activist dies

US president Joe Biden attends a bilateral meeting in Geneva, Switzerland,  on Tuesday ahead of a meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/EPA

The Russian leader will get a boost but it’s difficult to see any benefit for the US president

US president Joe Biden sits in a limousine in Geneva. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Pool/AFP via Getty

American president says US will ‘respond in kind’ if Russia continues with cyberactivities

A participant in the Novavax vaccine trial at Howard University in Washington. Photograph: Kenny Holston/The New York Times

US vaccination take-up rates are slowing, as Novavax jab on course for autumn approval

British prime minister Boris Johnson (left) discussed the Northern Ireland protocol during a bilateral meeting with  US president Joe Biden during the G7 summit in Cornwall. Photograph: PA

Bilateral meeting focused on issue that overshadowed G7 summit of world leaders

 New York mayoral candidate Andrew  after visiting St Athanasius Catholic Academy in Brooklyn. Photograph: Getty Images

Seasoned candidates steal a march on front-runner Yang in post-Covid city

JFK airport in New York: Thousands who live and work legally in the US under non-immigrant visas are unable to leave the country as they are not sure if they will be readmitted. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP

America Letter: Thousands working under temporary visas unable to travel home

US vice president Kamala Harris and Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei at the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura in Guatemala City on Monday. Photograph:  Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Comments following meeting with Guatemalan leader expose muddy messaging

US first lady Jill Biden waves as she sets off with President Joe Biden  from the  White House on his first overseas trip as president. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg

US national security adviser says concern ‘runs very deep’ on Northern Ireland issue

US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden departing the White House on Wednesday. Mr Biden is due to meet with Boris Johnson and other world leaders during the week-long trip to Europe. Photograph:  Chris Kleponis/EPA

British to be urged to find solution and avoid any threat to Good Friday Agreement

Police patrol the waters at St Ives harbour, Cornwall, ahead of Friday’s G7 summit. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

US Wrap: Week-long visit to Europe will take in G7 summit and meeting with Johnson

The US recorded its fastest rate of annual house price growth since 2005 in the first quarter of this year. Photograph: iStock

America Letter: First-time buyers are being priced out while well-heeled Americans snap up second homes

Last month Facebook announced it was maintaining its ban on Donald Trump.  File photograph: Getty

Former US president to speak at North Carolina Republican Party convention

US president Joe Biden: “Do your part. Give it your all. Let’s celebrate a truly historic Independence Day.” Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP

Goal of 70% of US having at least one jab by July 4th helped by offers of beer and free trips

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a remote area of Alaska which is home to polar bears, wolves and other wildlife. Photograph:  Steven Kazlowski/Barcroft Medi via Getty Images

Biden administration reverses Trump-era programme in state’s wildlife refuge

US president Joe Biden speaks during a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre at the Greenwood Cultural Centre in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty

President’s visit marks 100 years since hundreds of black residents killed by white mob

US president Joe Biden with military service members at a Covid-19 vaccination site at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, on Friday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Airlines add more seats and routes to meet pent-up demand

Viola Ford Fletcher (107) about to testify  before a  judiciary sub-committee in Washington DC. She is one of three known survivors of the 1921 race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in which white mobs gunned down black people in the streets. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times

America Letter: Achieving substantive change in policing would be a true tribute to George Floyd

US president Joe Biden eats an ice cream at Honey Hut Ice Cream in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

US Wrap: President urges ‘bold investments in our families, our communities and our nation’

US representative Marjorie Taylor Greene leaves her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, earlier this year. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

US congresswoman is under fire from Republican colleagues but has grassroots base

George Floyd’s family lawyer Ben Crump (third from left) holds up his fist with family members outside the White House as George Floyd’s daughter Gianna Floyd (centre) calls out ‘Say His Name’ as they speak with reporters after meeting with US president Joe Biden in Washington, DC, on May 25th. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

Relative’s of black man killed by police officer call for ‘meaningful’ legislation reform

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told The Irish Times: “We certainly continue to closely monitor issues in Northern Ireland.” Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/EPA/Pool

Position was last held by Trump appointee Mick Mulvaney

United States secretary of state Antony Blinken (pictured) and national security adviser Jake Sullivan met separately with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at Shannon Airport on Monday. Photograph: Alex Brandon/Pool/AFP via Getty

Meetings with Biden’s highest-ranking figures involved talks on Israel and Northern Ireland

Protesters staging a die-in outside the courthouse, where a Purdue Pharmaceuticals bankruptcy hearing was  being held. Photograph:  Erik McGregor/ LightRocket via Getty

Book review: Patrick Radden Keefe offers a forensic account of the Sacklers’ direct involvement in the development and promotion o(...)

US to discuss recovery efforts after Gaza conflict as some Democrats call for halt to arms deal

Those for and against abortion rights protest in front of the Mississippi state capitol in Jackson, Mississippi on Friday. Photograph: New York Times

America Letter: Activists fret that nearly 50 years of reproductive rights could be undone

US president Joe Biden stressed that the US would work only with the Palestinian Authority, not Hamas. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty

US president reiterates commitment to supporting Israel’s ‘Iron dome’ rocket defencre system

US first lady Jill Biden and Dr Anthony Fauci speak to Skylah Jackson’s family before her first Covid-19 vaccination. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

Jill Biden swerves question about once using an expletive to describe Kamala Harris

Former US president Donald Trump’s legal difficulties have intensified. File photograph: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Letitia James is investigating Trump Organisation in ‘criminal capacity’, spokesman says

Trump supporters in the Capitol Rotunda after breaching Capitol security in Washington, DC on  January 6th. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US House may vote on Wednesday on bipartisan Bill to examine events of January 6th

Coveney supports appointment of Northern Ireland envoy by US government. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

White House prepares to name number of ambassadorial positions in coming weeks

Palestinian paramedics evacuate a wounded protester amid clashes with Israeli security forces near the settlement of Beit El and Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images

Further clashes as Netanyahu issues warning and world powers ramp up ceasefire efforts

The heavily damaged Aqsa avenue in Gaza City’s Dahduh neighbourhood following an Israeli bombardment on Tuesday. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

US insists it is working hard behind scenes to halt Gaza conflict as it again blocks UN statement

US president Joe Biden: “It’s the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” he said of the vaccine exports. Photograph:  Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Move marks first time vaccines already approved by US regulators will be sent abroad

 United Nations secretary general  Antonio Guterres virtually addresses the UN Security Council on Sunday. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Security Council agreement proves elusive due to resistance from United States

Former US president George W Bush: Described his position as “border enforcement with a compassionate touch”.Photograph: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

America Letter: Bush jnr’s new book about immigrants is his latest rehabilitation effort

US vice-president Kamala Harris and  President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden of the White House after Biden spoke at an event. Photograph:  Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden hails ‘great milestone’ but some states wary of loosening rules

US president Joe Biden: Said on Thursday that he did not think there had been an overreaction by Israel towards the Palestinians. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

As conflict with Palestinian militants escalates, Joe Biden makes clear where he stands

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