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Rob Heffernan celebrates winning gold at the IAAF World Athletics Championshops in Moscow on August 14th, 2013. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Inpho

He may be used to getting around Leeside and the world on foot but when five times Olympian walker, Rob Heffernan steps out as Grand Marshall for Cork(...)

Friends of the Irish Environment director Tony Lowes (front) and colleagues pictured on Friday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A High Court judge has ordered the developers of a €500 million liquefied natural gas processing terminal in the Shannon estuary not to begin construc(...)

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(...)

The Chicago  skyline as seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan, as  the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States. Photograph: Pinar Istek/Reuters

The cold front bringing its icy grip to parts of the US and Canada is a result of a weather condition called a polar vortex. It might seem counter-in(...)

 Eight border wall prototypes on display in California, US. File photograph: Josh Haner/The New York Times

Competition is heating up in the race for the “mother of all” construction projects, as the shortlist of construction firms competing for the US gover(...)

Democratic senators-elect Kyrsten Sinema  and Jacky Rosen  walk to the office of Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer for a meeting at the US Capitol on Tuesday.   Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Just over a week after Americans went to the polls in the midterm elections, the incoming members of Congress arrived in Washington on Tuesday for “or(...)

 Stacey Abrams, the Demcratic candidae for governor of Georgia: “In a civilised nation, the machinery of democracy should work for everyone, everywhere.” Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

The US midterm elections brought significant gains for Democrats, who retook the House of Representatives and snatched several governorships from the (...)

Supporters of congressional candidate Harley Rouda watch Nancy Pelosi speak on a big screen in Newport Beach, California. Photograph: New York Times

Tuesday’s US congressional elections ended with what might be called a split decision. Democrats gained more than enough seats to take control of the (...)

Comedian Amy Schumer (left) is led away after she was arrested during a protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Photograph: Getty

More than 300 protesters, including the comedian Amy Schumer, have been arrested at the US Capitol in Washington as they made a final, desperate appea(...)

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Prof Christine Blasey Ford, testify in Washington. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Two weeks of chaos clouding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process culminated Thursday in a hearing that was stunning, even in a t(...)

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