US president Donald Trump holds up a signed executive order to end family separations at the border following international criticism. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President vows to continue ‘zero-tolerance policy’ on immigration

Undocumented migrants wait for asylum hearings outside the US port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico: President Donald Trump ridiculed border security, falsely blaming Democrats for separating families and dismissing proposals to hire thousands of new immigration judges. Photograph: Sandy Huffaker

President blames Congress and loopholes in the law for ‘illegal immigration crisis’

Journalist Kevin Cullen has been suspended from the Boston Globe for three months. Photograph: Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Report found initial coverage of the Boston bombings raised concerns of ‘fabrication’

A mourner reads a sympathy card left for Anthony Bourdain at a make shift memorial outside the building that once housed Le Halles restaurant on Park Avenue. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

America Letter: Deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain brought clear shift in mood

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort: Judge Amy Berman Jackson said his repeated attempts to contact witnesses meant she had no choice but to revoke his bail. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Paul Manafort jailed to await trial for felony amid claims of influencing witnesses

Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrives at Brooklyn Supreme court in New York on Thursday. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images.

Dubliner attacked a UFC bus in Brooklyn in April leaving two other MMA fighters injured

US president Donald Trump steps off Air Force One on return from Singapore: “Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” he tweeted. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty

Trump talks of meeting as success despite concerns over detail and ending ‘war games’

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un  shaking hands with US president Donald Trump  in Singapore. Photograph: AFP/the Straits Times/ Kevin Lim

South seeks clarification after summit between US and North Korean leaders

Former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said Northern Ireland was facing its most critical moment since the 1998 Belfast agreement. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Eamon Gilmore says NI central to European Brexit debate but voice from Belfast is ‘silent’

US president Donald Trump speaks at a press conference following the historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea gained most from summit with vague promise of denuclearisation

US president Donald Trump meets  Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau  during the G7 summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, last week. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Comments come after Trump instructed aides not to sign the final G7 communique

US president Donald Trump meets Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit in Quebec.  Photograph: Christinne Muschi

US leader withdraws support for summit communique and attacks ‘dishonest’ Trudeau

US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One at the Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore, on Sunday. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Analysis: President's twitter storm latest example of impetuous approach to policymaking

French president Emmanuel Macron addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit on June 9th, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Macron’s office warns that international co-operation ‘cannot be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks’

A Donald Trump during the Kansas state Republican caucus in 2016 in Wichita. Photograph: J Pat Carter/Getty Images

Donald Trump won 70% of the vote in parts of Kansas. Is that support under threat?

Senator Robert F Kennedy shakes hands with the crowd on a street corner in Philadelphia on April 2nd, 1968, two months before his assassination. Photograph: Warren Winterbottom

America Letter: Half century ago, amid assassinations and protest, US had hope

US president Donald Trump walks to the official G7 welcoming ceremony in La Malbaie, Quebec: there is increasing frustration from European leaders at his  unilateral approach to trade and diplomacy. Photograph: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty

Criticism includes accusation US president is making US foreign policy ‘international joke’

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik both accused of obstructing justice

US president Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House on Friday for the G7 summit in Canada. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

US president sharply criticises EU, Canada and Mexico as he departs for G7 summit

US president Donald Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe  participate in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, on Thursday. Photograph: Pete Marovich/EPA

President made comments while meeting with Japanese prime minister

Former US president Bill Clinton  speaks during the Robert Francis Kennedy memorial service at the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater in  Virginia, US, on Wednesday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

‘Kennedy clan was clearly of an Irish tribe’, former president Bill Clinton tells gathering

Kate Spade was one of the most successful designers of her generation. Photograph: AP/ Bebeto Matthews

Police say the apparent cause of 55-year-old’s death is suicide

Donald Trump said: “The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions (pictured) didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself.” Photograph: Lawrence Jackson/The New York Times

US president continues to attack Jeff Sessions for stepping aside from inquiry

Pictured in 1961, then US president John F Kennedy, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and attorney general Robert F. Kennedy in the Oval Office. Photograph: AFP Photo/National Archives

Ireland’s Ambassador to US among those to speak at Arlington Cemetery

US president Donald Trump has taken a remarkable free-wheeling approach to diplomacy. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

The first collapse came when each side discovered the other’s expectations

Roseanne Barr and John Goodman appear in a scene from ‘Roseanne’. Photograph: Adam Rose/ABC via AP

American Letter: Sitcom star’s tweets point to the lingering racism in US society

North Korean envoy Kim Yong-chol walks with White House chief-of-staff John Kelly as he arrives to deliver a letter to Donald Trump in Washington. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Decision to go ahead with summit in Singapore on June 12th follows week of intense diplomacy

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström said Europe would no longer continue with talks over liberalising parts of EU-US trade after talks on a permanent exemption from steel tariffs failed. Photograph: Getty Images

Trade commissioner ‘closes door’ on US negotiations after imposition of steel tariffs

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: 'This is not the way we do business.' Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Government warns that Irish companies will be affected by the new tariffs on imports

North Korea’s   Kim Yong-chol (right) meeting with US  secretary of state Mike Pompeo  in New York. Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images

Mike Pompeo is ‘confident we are moving in the right direction’ on summit

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross said negotiations failed to yield tangible deals that Washington could accept

Move set to provoke retaliation and take the Trump administration further down the path of a trade war

President Donald Trump with Kim Kardashian at the Oval Office in the White House. Photograph: Twitter

Two reality TV stars meet at White House, hold talks over pardon for jailed grandmother

Attorney general Jeff Sessions. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Twitter post the latest in a series of swipes by the president about attorney general

North Korean general  Kim Yong-chol, who is travelling to the United States for talks on the planned summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Photograph: Jo Yong-hak/AFP/Getty Images

Kim Yong-chol’s visit is further sign that planned Trump-Kim summit will go ahead

Campaigners for the Love Both  during the referendum campaign. File photograph: Barry Cronin/AFP/Getty

Abortion referendum result prominent in US media outlets

The memorial card for Sr Tricia (Trish) Freeman from her convent in San Antonio, Texas.

America Letter: Ireland Sr Trish emigrated from unrecognisable to modern women

US president Donald Trump:  met with secretary of state Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton on Friday morning. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

A day after Singapore meeting cancelled, US president says both sides still want to meet

US president Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One: allegations of an “infiltration” are his latest attempt to discredit the FBI and US intelligence agencies. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Slights on intelligence agencies erode public support for US Russian interference inquiry

A coin minted for the  US-North Korea summit is seen in Washington DC. The  planned June 12th landmark summit in Singapore will  not now take place. Photograph: Getty Images

Analysis: Cancellation of North Korea summit major blow to South Korean president

Former CIA director Mike Pompeo, pictured at Thursday’s Senate hearing, became Secretary of State after Donald Trump fired  Rex Tillerson. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hadn’t considered the matter despite predecessor’s pledge

US president Donald Trump speaks of the cancelled summit with North Korea: “The Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.” Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

US president cites ‘tremendous anger and open hostility’ of recent N Korea statement

The then US president Barack Obama presents the National Humanities Medal to Philip Roth at the White House in March 2011. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Colm Tóibín pays tribute to great author who was a ferocious critic of Donald Trump but a close friend of Edna O’Brien

Donald Trump: “I hope it’s not so, because if it is, there’s never been anything like it in the history of our country.” Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US president repeats unsubstantiated claims that intelligence agency infiltrated his team

US president Donald Trump and South Korean president Moon Jae-in shake hands during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

‘Very substantial chance’ June 12th meeting will not work out, says US president

In a major speech in Washington on Monday, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo warned Iran would face “the strongest sanctions in history” if it did not adhere to a dozen requirements. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US secretary of state’s speech seen as advocating Tehran regime change

North Korea summit: the White House was unnerved by the sudden change of tone from Pyongyang last week. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty

Move comes as US president orders investigation of FBI campaign ‘infiltration’

Texas: the changing demographics of a state with a growing Hispanic population may soon present a challenge to its Republican dominance

Review: God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright is also a moving reflection on the concept of home and identity

Zachary Faden makes drinks at a royal wedding-themed pop-up bar in Washington, DC as part of celebrations for the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

America may have won its independence, but it’s still in thrall to the British monarchy

Emergency personnel and law enforcement officers respond to a high school near Houston after an active shooter was reported on campus in Santa Fe, Texas. Photograph: KTRK-TV ABC13 via AP

Gunman named as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a student at the Sante Fe school

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg listens to US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Leader will receive ‘protections’ as president dismises ‘Libyan model’ of denuclearisation

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un  and US president Donald Trump. Photograph:  Getty

Trump’s announcement of North Korean denuclearisation now seems premature

TV  news screen showing US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a railway station in Seoul: “We do not hide our feelings of repugnance towards him,” said a  North Korean statement of US national security adviser John Bolton. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty

Trump says ‘We’ll see what happens’ as North Koreans threaten to cancel meeting

A golfer plies his trade on  the Doonbeg Golf Links course in front of the resort hotel, in Doonbeg, Co Clare. The resort is owned by US president Donald Trump. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

US president reportedly paid €9m in 2014 for resort, which had income of $14m last year

 Gina Haspel: wrote a letter to senator Mark Warner, a Democrat on the intelligence committee, addressing concerns about the interrogation programme after the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Committee backs view that Russia interfered in 2016 election with aim of electing Trump

The body of  eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour is held by her mother.  According to the Palestinian health ministry, the child  died of tear gas inhalation during clashes in East Gaza on Monday. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

Majority of United Nations members criticise Israel’s response to protests in Gaza

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in at the military demarcation line that divides their countries last month.  Photograph: Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP/Getty Images

Pyongyang takes action after calling military exercises between allies a provocation

 Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN said: ‘No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.’ Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Nikki Haley tells UN moving embassy to Jerusalem does not undermine prospects for peace

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: embassy move  has been condemned by Palestinians who claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. It  has prompted worldwide protests and has met widespread international criticism. Photograph: Abir Sultan

Violence and Palestinian deaths are result of lack of strategic vision in US foreign policy

US president Donald Trump speaks alongside First Lady Melania Trump during an event in honour of Military Mothers and Spouses in Washington. Photograph: Getty Images

Response to chaos unfolding around her may be to get through remainder of Trump term

A cervical cancer cell. According to the US National Cancer Institute, “for women age 30 and older, pap and HPV co-testing is less likely to miss an abnormality than pap testing alone”.

Co-testing – which includes testing for HPV – is seen as the ‘best way’ to screen

Chris Slattery, who set up an anti-abortion group in New York,  is travelling to Ireland to support   the Save the Eighth campaign

Chris Slattery is heavily involved in the Catholic anti-abortion groups in the US; Kieran O’Reilly is part of a vibrant Repeal the(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: the  North Korean leader hailed a planned meeting with US president Donald Trump as a “historic” opportunity. Photograph: AFP Photo/KCNA VIA KNS

US president says June meeting in Singapore will be ‘special moment for world peace’

US president Donald Trump walks with former detainees Tony Kim, Kim Hak-song and Kim Dong-chul upon their return after they were released by North Korea, at Joint Base Andrews  in Maryland on Thursday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

‘Special night for these three really great people,’ says US president

Gary Perkins III as Frederick Douglass, with fellow cast members Tiffany Byrd, Kevin Collins, Louis Davis, Jenny Donovan, Madeline Mooney. Photograph: Rex Daugherty

Solas Nua’s Washington production aims to highlight abolitionist leader’s links to Ireland

US president Donald Trump after an exchange with reporters prior to the start of a Cabinet meeting the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 9th, 2018.  Also pictured (from left) are interior secretary Ryan Zinke; John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state;  and Patrick Shanahan, the deputy secretary of defence. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US ‘will be putting on among the strongest sanctions that we’ve ever put on a country’

CIA director nominee and acting CIA director Gina Haspel is sworn in to testify at her Senate intelligence committee confirmation hearing in Washington. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

Gina Haspel faces Senate committee as new controversy emerges over Cohen payments

US President Donald Trump signs a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement  at the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Leaders of France, Germany and UK express ‘regret and concern’ over Trump’s decision

US president Donald Trump as he announced the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. One of the reasons for Trump’s decision  was his commitment to fulfilling a campaign promise. Photograph:  Al Drago/Bloomberg

Analysis: US president’s unambiguous words reflect hawkish instincts of reshaped administration

Gina Haspel: will attend her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

CIA’s deputy director faces questions about involvement in CIA interrogation ‘practices’

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys meets US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross in Washington DC. Photograph: Marty Katz

Minister for Business meets senior figures in Trump administration about Limerick plant

Iran nuclear deal: Donald Trump will announce his decision from the White House. Photograph: Reuters

European backers hope to convince president to stay in agreement

Media attention: Donald Trump likes to keeping his audience in suspense before revealing the big climax. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The climax of the president’s starring role could turn out to be impeachment

Boris Johnson’s visit marks the latest diplomatic offensive by the European signatories of the deal.

Growing signals that US may withdraw from agreement Donald Trump has called ‘worst ever’

 White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to several questions on the revelation that President Donald  Trump had reimbursed his personal lawyer’s $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Suzanne Lynch recounts another extraordinary week in the presidency of Donald Trump

US president Donald Trump: The summit with North Korea is going to be “very exciting”.  Photograph: Tamir Kalifa/New York Times

Cutting US troops in South Korea ‘not on the table’ at this point in time, says US president

 US navy rear admiral Ronny Jackson, Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of veteran affairs: will not return to job as his personal physician. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

America Letter: For how long will US president’s methods keep him above law?

The payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels is a persistent problem for President Trump. Photographs: Reuters

Rudy Giuliani’s version of events delivered in media blitz is contradicted by US president

 Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, and US president Donald Trump:  Mr Trump  previously denied knowing anything about a payment. Photographs: Brendan McDermid/Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president confirms he knew $130,000 was paid to Stormy Daniels by Michael Cohen

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani with then president-elect Donald Trump at the clubhouse of the Trump National Golf Club  in Bedminster, New Jersey, on on November 20th, 2016. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Revelation could cause trouble for president if payment is seen to constitute campaign financing

Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer who has taken the lead in dealing with the special counsel investigation, is  to resign. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/New York Times

US president’s lawyer to resign amid reports Trump may be subpoenaed on Russia claims

 President Trump meeting with the crew and passengers of Southwest Airlines  flight 1380 in the Oval Office on Tuesday.  An engine on the flight  from New York to Dallas  exploded,  killing a passenger sitting  near a window. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President says it is disgraceful questions concerning ‘Russian Witch Hunt’ were ‘leaked’

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders during a White House  briefing on Tuesday. She  added to concerns that the US  is poised to withdraw from the nuclear deal with  Iran. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

EU countries renew calls on US to stick with deal as tensions rise between Iran and Israel

Ireland’s cervical screening programme, CervicalCheck, uses three principal laboratories to process screenings: MedLab Pathology,  Quest Diagnostics  and the Coombe Hospital. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Spokeswoman for Clinical Pathology Laboratories says it has ‘no comment at this time’

Arm’s-length candidate: Hillary Clinton turned down all 47 of Amy Chozick’s requests to interview her for the New York Times. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

America Letter: Amy Chozick takes us into the heart of a doomed White House run

President Donald Trump meets  German chancellor Angela Merkel in the White House, April 27th, 2018. Photograph: AP

US president reiterates his view that EU-US trade relationship is imbalanced

Attorney Gloria Allred stands with accusers of Bill Cosby after a jury convicted him in a sexual assault retrial in Pennsylvania, on Thursday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Star, convicted of drugging and molesting woman in 2014, could go to jail for 10 years

  British prime minister Theresa May during a meeting with  US president Donald Trump in New York last September. File photograph:  Brendan SmialowskiAFP/Getty Images

US president will hold talks with Theresa May during controversial ‘working visit’

White House physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson: faced a series of accusations about his workplace conduct, including that he recklessly prescribed drugs and exhibited drunken behaviour. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

White House doctor says ‘false allegations’ against him have become a distraction

French president Emmanuel Macron with US president Donald Trump  at the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

French president says US changing mind on agreements is ‘insane’ at end of three-day visit

 French president Emmanuel Macron is welcomed with a standing ovation during a joint meeting of the US Congress  with US vice-president Mike Pence (left) and speaker of the House Paul Ryan behind him, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

French president predicts US to rejoin Paris accord on last day of state visit to Washington

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron have struck up a strong working relationship. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Bellicose remarks come as French president Emmanuel Macron urges US to stick with deal

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron walk to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, during the first state visit of Trump’s presidency. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Friendship between two presidents apparent, but differences over Iran and climate remain

Ronny Jackson: hearing on his nomination  was delayed after allegations emerged that he resided over a hostile work environment. Photograph:    EPA/ Michael Reynolds

Trump implies Jackson may withdraw his interest in secretary of veteran affairs job

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron plant a tree watched by Mr Trump’s wife Melania and Mr Macron’s wife Brigitte on the grounds of the White House in Washington on Monday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

US president has indicated he will not support the deal unless amendments are made

 Toronto police and emergency crews  on Yonge Street in northern Toronto, Canada, after nine people were killed and 16 injured when a man driving a white van plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk. Photograph: Warren Toda/EPA

Male suspect named as 25-year-old Alek Minassian, no motive so far given

Kevin Cullen: part of the team which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for its reporting of abuse in the Catholic Church. He is an occasional contributor to The Irish Times and a regular contributor on Irish radio. Photograph:  Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Journalist’s coverage of Boston Marathon bombings to be examined after complaint

French president Emmanuel Macron and  US president Donald Trump meeting  in New York last September. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

US president tweets ‘we are a long way from conclusion on North Korea’

Irish Central Bank governor Philip Lane at the forum on  booms and busts during the IMF spring meeting in Washington, US. Photograph: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

Lane claims one of the lessons of the economic crisis was the dangers of debt finance

 George Mitchell at  an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Belfast  Agreement at Queen’s University, Belfast, on April 10th, 2018. Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Georgetown University held one-day symposium to mark 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement

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