Protesters call for an end to the separation of immigrant families, outside the White House grounds in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

The US military has been asked to get ready to house up to 20,000 immigrant children, officials said on Thursday, as president Donald Trump’s efforts (...)

US president Donald Trump holds up a signed executive order to end family separations at the border following international criticism. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump has bowed to political pressure and signed an executive order halting the policy of separating children from parents at the (...)

 Hilary Clinton: report release set for June 14th

A report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s internal watchdog into the agency’s handling of an enquiry into the management of emails by former (...)

Doonbeg, Co Clare: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he had called the Clare County Council when he was minister for tourism after Donald Trump complained about plans to build a wind farm near his  golf resort

The wind farm developer behind the Clare project that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar raised a query about after being contacted by Donald Trump has said he ma(...)

US attorney general Jeff Sessions has come under fire from president Donald Trump. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on Wednesday against his attorney general, calling Jeff Sessions’s decision to have the US justice d(...)

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(...)

John Morrissey: born February 5th 1831. Height 6 feet. Weight 170 lbs. Image:   United States Library of Congress/Wikicommons

This weekly series for Irish Times Abroad profiles an Extraordinary Emigrant from Irish history, based on entries from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dicti(...)

Protesters  demonstrate in front of the US supreme court while the court hears arguments on gerrymandering, on October 3rd, 2017, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Is a blue wave coming? That’s the question swirling around Washington ahead of the mid-term elections in November. Though still nine months away, Demo(...)

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon (left) arrives to speak at a closed-door meeting with the House of Representatives intelligence committee on Thursday. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to US president Donald Trump, declined to answer many questions during his second closed-door meeting with the Hou(...)

Australian deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce (right) listens to prime minister Malcolm Turnbull during a session in the Australian parliament in Canberra on Thursday. Photograph: Rod McGuirk/AP

Australia’s prime minister has banned his ministers from having sex with staff as his deputy battled for political survival over revelations that he i(...)

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