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A welcome sign at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where US president Donald Trump will on Friday undergi his first medical since assuming office. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

This Friday, Donald Trump has an unusual appointment on his agenda. Before departing Washington for his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, he will make (...)

 US president Donald  Trump speaks at Camp David, Maryland, US. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Pool/EPA

US president Donald Trump renewed his attacks on author Michael Wolff at a news conference on Saturday, denouncing his book, Fire and Fury: Inside the(...)

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon (left) at a meeting between US president Donald Trump (background right) and congressional leaders in the White House in Washington last February. File photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted former White House adviser Steve Bannon as having “lost his mind” in the fallout over damaging comments(...)

 Irish Defence Forces soldiers pictured  in southern Lebanon in 2007. The government considered ending Ireland’s involvmenent in the Unifil mission 20 years earlier after  a corporal was killed in January 1987.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The death of a Defence Forces corporal serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon prompted the government to consider withdrawing f(...)

Maurice Hayes: He had a great love and knowledge of literature, and with a photographic memory could quote his favourite poets and writers

Coming out of midnight Mass in Bryansford on Sunday night, P J McElroy spoke to journalist Dan Keenan about fellow Co Down man Dr Maurice Hayes who di(...)

Protestors demonstrate in Boston against the US Federal Communications Commission’s move to end internet traffic neutrality. Photograph: Ryan McBride/AFP/Getty Images

Confused after the the vote in the United States last week by the Trump-era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to remove net neutrality protectio(...)

US president Donald Trump celebrates the passage of a major tax overhaul with Republican members of the House and Senate on the  South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US president Donald Trump secured the biggest win of his presidency on Wednesday as Republicans passed the most sweeping US tax overhaul since the 198(...)

House speaker Paul Ryan addresses the media on Tuesday.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Republicans in the US Congress hit a last-minute snag on Tuesday in their drive to approve the biggest tax code rewrite in 30 years, delaying what wou(...)

Republican senator John Cornyn: said that he has confidence in Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is leading an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

John Cornyn, the US Senate’s number two Republican, came to the defence of Robert Mueller, saying it “would be a mistake” for US president Donald Trum(...)

Salma Hayek: “Why do we have to fight tooth and nail to maintain our dignity?” Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Jaws drop and drop and drop. Until it seems it will never stop. You would think we would get numb at some point. But no. There are just too many numbs(...)

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