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Brigid of Kildare: a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women

History is filled with stories of great deeds, the exploits of rebels, patriots and politicians, writers and artists, scientists and innovators. They (...)

Hope Hicks: the White House communications director stepped down after testifying in Congress as part of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

Tensions within the Trump White House appear to be increasing after the US president hit out at his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and lost a long-t(...)

House speaker Paul Ryan: shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school revealed a “big breakdown in the system”. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

Senior Republican figures played down expectations of significant gun reform legislation in the wake of the Florida shooting, as members of Congress r(...)

Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft: firm is opposing the US government on  warrant for data stored abroad. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

US supreme court justices on Tuesday began deliberations on Microsoft’s dispute with the US justice department over whether prosecutors can force tech(...)

Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve, testifying before the  house financial services committee   in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Jay Powell gave a markedly bullish assessment of the US economic outlook in his first congressional testimony as Federal Reserve chairman, triggering (...)

US president Donald Trump during a business session with state governors on Monday. “We’re going to have to start talking about mental institutions,”  Mr Trump said. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump on Monday criticised the officers who allegedly failed to enter a Florida school while a mass shooting was under way, claim(...)

 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Samuel Zeif (L) cries  during a listening session with  US president Donald Trump, at the White House, Washington, DC. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Are we reaching a turning point in the US’s attitude towards gun control? As the country came to grips with its fourth mass shooting in five months af(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney meets US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  in Washington DC

The United States is preparing to appoint a special envoy to Northern Ireland the US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has confirmed. Responding to q(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with local and state officials on school safety at the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Pool via Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump reiterated his suggestion that arming teachers is a solution to gun violence in American schools, as outrage over last week’(...)

 National Rifle Association executive vice-president  Wayne LaPierre speaks during the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in Oxen Hill, Maryland. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The National Rifle Association (NRA) broke its silence on the issue of US gun control in the wake of last week’s deadly Florida shooting, with the hea(...)

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