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US president Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House on Tuesday: he said the US were in a very, very strong position in the escalating trade war with China. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump dismissed the deepening trade war with China as a “little squabble”, as he reiterated threats to place tariffs on an extra $(...)

As the man turned to leave, gasoline spilled onto the floor after being confronted by security guard. Photograph: NYPD Twitter

A 37-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday night after walking into St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York with two full gasoline cans, lighter fluid and(...)

Bourbon Street is a hive of activity every night of the week, with live bands in every bar and children on the neon-lit streets bucket-drumming. Photograph: iStock

New Orleans’s famed cuisine, music and nightlife stirs, soothes and fizzes to the rhythm of a city that really never sleeps. Go for a week and your se(...)

Paul Coulson, whose Ardagh Group swung to a net loss of $94 million last year as it contends with weakness in the US mass beer market. Photograph: Alan Betson

Glass bottle and metal containers giant Ardagh Group, led by Irish financier Paul Coulson, swung into a net loss of $94 million (€83 million) last yea(...)

Inger Andersen, the director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

A collapse in species is evident throughout the world including Ireland but pointing the finger of blame at farmers is not the way to address the cris(...)

The public acknowledgement by Pope Francis that nuns have been sexually abused by priests and bishops, is a welcome advance where that issue is concerned. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has taken two significant steps on the issue of sexual abuse in the past week. One was the decision to expel former US cardinal Theodore (...)

Financier Paul Coulson’s Ardagh said the “footprint adjustment” was aimed at improving the group’s competitiveness.  File photograph: Alan Betson

Irish financier Paul Coulson’s Ardagh Group revealed on Thursday that it plans to close a second US glass-container plant in a little over a years, si(...)

Snow blanketing Prospect Park in Brooklyn, in January 2014. Forecasters expect Wednesday’s high temperature to be minus 25 degrees Celsius in Chicago and Minneapolis. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

A blast of Arctic-chilled air from the polar vortex brought dangerous, record-setting cold to a wide swath of the eastern United States on Tuesday, s(...)

Investigators work at the scene of a fatal shooting  in Louisiana, US. Photograph: Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP

A 21-year-old man has been arrested after his parents were shot dead in their home in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Dakota Theriot (21) was detained (...)

US president Donald Trump is greeted as he arrives at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport prior to addressing the National Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photograph: Reuters /Carlos Barria

US president Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general has pledged to allow special counsel Robert Mueller to complete his investigation into Russia(...)

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