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US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty

US president Donald Trump dismissed a deepening whistleblower controversy involving a phone call with a foreign leader as “ridiculous”, branding the s(...)

Volunteers walk under the wind and rain from Hurricane Dorian through a flooded road as they work to rescue families near the Causarina bridge in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Photograph: AP Photo

Rescuers searched for survivors in the Bahamas on Wednesday after Hurricane Dorian, the most damaging storm to strike the island nation, left in its (...)

US vice-president Mike Pence said Doonbeg was the ‘logical’ choice to use as a base for his visit to Ireland. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

US vice-president Mike Pence leaves for London on Wednesday following a visit to Ireland that did not go entirely to plan. Pence made an unexpected in(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and his partner Matthew Barrett  welcome US vice-president Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence  to Famleigh House in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Faith/ AFP

US vice-president Mike Pence has arrived in Dublin for the second leg of his visit to Ireland, amidst controversy about his decision to stay in Presid(...)

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2010 contract.   Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Down Stephen’s Lane in the south of Dublin city centre, near what used to be Dobbins bistro, an empire sits behind a set of wrought iron gates. It doe(...)

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photograph: Manaure Quintero/Reuters

The US government has imposed financial sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as part of its escalating campaign of pressure again(...)

Hamza bin Laden pictured at his wedding. Photograph:  Associated Press

Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden, who was long viewed as heir to the leadership of al-Qaeda, is dead, according to two American officials. Hamza(...)

US president Donald Trump: vetoed a trio of congressional resolutions aimed at blocking his administration. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has vetoed a trio of congressional resolutions aimed at blocking his administration from bypassing Congress and selling bill(...)

 The US government has imposed sanctions on three top Hizbullah leaders over reported connection with Iran’s revolutionary guards. Photograph: EPA/Nabil Mounzer

US sanctions imposed on Iran are targeting Syrians and Lebanese as well as Iranians, while Iraqis struggle under US political pressure. Washington’s g(...)

US president Donald Trump  at a White House event this week. His scattergun approach to virtually all policies has left the US’s traditional allies and his own staff reeling. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

This week there was only one real story in Washington. At a reception at the Irish Embassy for departing diplomats on Wednesday all talk was of Kim Da(...)

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