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The killing of  Anwar al-Awlaki was the first, and only, publicly known case in which a US citizen was deliberately targeted for killing by drone strike. Photograph: US Navy/Jeffrey S Viano/Reuters

The US government has formally acknowledged for the first time that it had killed four Americans, including militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, wh(...)

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy, left, and Senator Chuck Schumer, centre, shake hands with supporters after the committee approved legislation to overhaul US immigration laws, in Washington, last night. Photograph: Drew Angerer/The New York Times

A US Senate panel last night approved legislation to give millions of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship, setting up a spirited debate ne(...)

“No Drama Obama is immersed in drama so over the top it could have been scripted by Shonda Rhimes and Karl Rove . . . The one-time messiah seems like a sad sack, trying to bounce back from a blistering array of sins that are not even his fault. He went to Baltimore on Friday to talk about jobs. But no one was listening.” Photograph: Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images

I went to New York last week to cover the TV presentations for the new season, shows such as Scandal (...)

 Steve Carter, Managing Director Hawkeye Innovations. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The new Hawkeye point detection technology for both hurling and football will be employed for the first time on June 1st at Croke Park for the (...)

Benghazi blues

Second term US presidencies have a habit of going wrong, as Richard Nixon’s Watergate, Ronald Reagan’s Iran-Contra and Bill Clinton’s Monica Le(...)

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford celebrates his victory with a large crowd in the South Carolina first district congressional race at Liberty Tap Room in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on Tuesday. Photograph: Randall Hill/Reuters

Sanford, a Republican, won 54 per cent of the vote, defeating Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a sister of the political sa(...)

The White House is creating a new senior adviser position to focus on internet and privacy policy. The leading contender for the job is Nicole (...)

General secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg:  congress could not maintain its distance if the LRC’s attempt to find an agreed settlement failed

The Labour Relations Commission (LRC) is expected to seek more time from the Government in its attempt to determine whe(...)

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with reporters after reading a statement on chemical weapon use in Syria during a press conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Jim Watson-Pool/Getty Images.

US intelligence agencies have assessed “with varying degrees of confidence” that Syria has used small amounts of chemical weapons, according to(...)

A bill currently being debated by the US Senate would compel internet sellers making over $1 million a year to pay a sales tax for every(...)

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