Taoiseach Enda Kenny with  US  vice president Joe Biden  at Government Buildings, Dublin, in 2016.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Spirits in the Irish Government, gloomy after overnight trends towards President Donald Trump, rose throughout the day as Joe Biden began to close the(...)

Suzanne Kane and her husband Joey at their home in Walkinstown. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times.

The relaxed atmosphere of lockdown has led to a spike in pregnancies, says one hospital. But for some, Covid-19 and economic uncertainty have had t(...)

Jerome Powell, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, speaking during the Jackson Hole economic symposium. The event is being conducted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic and streamed live to the public for the first time. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The world’s central bankers have been holding their annual gathering at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, – or they would have been if coronavirus had not forced(...)

US soldiers in a  military training area in  southern Germany. The US is to   cut  its military presence in Germany by 11,900 troops. Photograph:  Getty Images

The Trump administration is pulling nearly 12,000 troops out of Germany in a move set to add to tensions within Nato. The decision comes after Presi(...)

Children wearing plastic face visors in class at Kinugawa Elementary School in Nikko, Japan. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Schools all over the world closed their classrooms and sent children home in the early days of the pandemic. Many have returned, many are preparing to(...)

US president Donald Trump with British prime minister Boris Johnson at the Nato summit in Watford, England, in December. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Donald Trump vented “apoplectic” fury at Boris Johnson in a tense phone call over Britain’s decision to allow Huawei a role in its 5G mobile phone net(...)

Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg: ‘It takes a long time to do big things.’ Photograph: Getty

Tuesday December 10th was an eventful day for Donald Trump, even by the US president’s own hectic standards. It began with the unveiling of impeachmen(...)

Fiona Hill, the former top Russia expert on the National Security Council, arrives to testify  on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

A former adviser to US president Donald Trump has warned members of Congress not to propagate a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in (...)

Last week’s report on US second-quarter gross domestic product showed that the economy slowed last spring. It also came exactly 10 years since the Gre(...)

The UK’s  ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch: It is unclear precisely what Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be the next prime minister, will do. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Britain and the US have been plunged into a full-scale diplomatic dispute, centred on Kim Darroch, the UK ambassador to Washington. On Tuesday, Donal(...)

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