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From left: Prof Mark Ferguson-director general of SFI and chief scientific adviser to the Government; Prof Eamonn Quigley, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology Houston Methodist Hospital; Mr Michael Mahoney, CEO of Boston Scientific, and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton. Photograph: Greg M. Cooper/SFI

The combination of the Irish education system and investment in science has resulted in the generation of graduates who can easily compete at an inter(...)

A fighter with the Syrian Democratic Forces takes aim with his Kalashnikov after seeing a man walking towards his position in Baghouz, in eastern Syria. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State may be on the brink of defeat in Syria, but its ideology remains a potent recruitment tool. In the American midwest, a region that has p(...)

Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar (left) and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi attend a media event to push for campaign finance reform outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Friday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

When Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits the United States this week to mark St Patrick’s Day, much will be made of the enduring power of Irish-American rel(...)

California attorney general Xavier Becerra:  Suing   Trump over his emergency declaration to fund wall on  US-Mexico border. Photograph: Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

California and 15 other US states have filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border. Californi(...)

 Kamala Harris    –  already living down her past as a prosecuting attorney. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

At some point, any able-bodied Democrat who does not run for US president will have searching questions to answer about their self-esteem. Declared a(...)

Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar speaks at a press conference on deportation at Capitol Hill in Washington, last week. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Ilhan Omar, the recently-elected Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, was forced to issue a public apology on Monday after senior members of her o(...)

Senator Amy Klobuchar has announced a run for the Democratic nomination for US president. Photograph: Pete Marovich/New York Times

US senator Amy Klobuchar will enter the 2020 presidential race on Sunday, becoming the first moderate in an increasingly crowded field of Democrats v(...)

Steam rises from the city buildings and Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 31th January 2019. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/ EPA

Frigid weather that paralysed a large swath of the United States this week and caused at least 21 deaths began easing on Friday as an Arctic air mass (...)

Pedestrians bundle up in sub-freezing temperatures on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday. Photograph:  Nati Harnik/PA

A wave of Arctic air that paralysed the US Midwest and caused at least a dozen deaths swept across the country’s Northeast on Thursday but was expect(...)

The Chicago city skyline is seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan on Tuesday. Photograph: Pinar Istek/Reuters

A large swath of the United States was gripped by brutal cold and wind chills on Wednesday as record-low temperatures caused by a blast of Arctic air(...)

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