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It never rains but it pours: Ireland is facing the double whammy of Brexit and the impending overhaul of US tax policy. Photograph: iStock

With the biggest overhaul of US taxation in three decades and the small matter of Brexit waiting for us in 2018, it would be remiss to think it’ll be (...)

House Speaker Paul Ryan: House is willing to accommodate health concerns of some Senate members for vote’s timing. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The timeline of the Republican tax reform plan remains uncertain amid signs that a much-anticipated vote in the Senate next week may be postponed due (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin during his annual press conference in Moscow on Thursday. He announced that he will be running as an independent candidate in next year’s presidential election. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Vladimir Putin has dismissed allegations of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s election campaign team as “invented” during his annual press (...)

Supporters of Doug Jones, who has become the first Democrat to win a senate seat in Alabama in more than a quarter of a century. Photograph: Bob Miller/The New York Times

The Republican blame game began in Washington on Wednesday after Democratic candidate Doug Jones won a special senate election in Alabama, in a major (...)

Deputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein waits for a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Oversight on Capitol Hill  in Washington, DC, today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein has rejected calls by Republican politicians for special counsel Robert Mueller to be removed from the Russia i(...)

An Israeli undercover policeman arrests a Palestinian protester in the West Bank town of Ramallah during a protest against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Photograph: Shadi Hatem

President Mahmoud Abbas has taken the step Palestinians have advocated since their state failed to emerge in 2000 by accusing Washington of “bias in f(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas being greeted by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul on Wednesday. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer/EPA

Leaders and officials of Muslim nations declared East Jerusalem the Palestinian capital on Wednesday at a summit meeting in Istanbul, producing the st(...)

Democratic candidate  Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters in Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday night. Mr Jones is the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama for 25 years. Photograph:  John Bazemore/AP

Democratic candidate Doug Jones has won the special Senate election in Alabama in a major blow to US president Donald Trump, who backed Republican can(...)

Vladimir Putin’s one-day tour of the Middle East on Monday may not in itself have altered the regional dynamic, but it underlined two important and re(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson: has previously expressed a desire to use diplomatic channels with Pyongyang. Photograph:  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, appearing to back away from US demands(...)

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