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US president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence and light candles in memory of the 20 children and six school workers killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago, in the Map Room at the White House in Washington, today. Photograph: Reuters

US president Barack Obama has marked the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school with a moment of silence at the White House. Befo(...)

A neighborhood playground in Washington DC.  Irish children in the US  are under pressure to blend in with their peers. Photograph: Getty Images

It was always going to happen; I just I didn’t expect it to happen so soon. There are few traces of little Amy Rose Carswell’s Dublin accent left afte(...)

Members of the Iranian army land force academy perform during a graduation ceremony in Tehran. Photograph: Reuters

An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission, an investigation has (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry  at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in Washington yesterday. “We’re asking you to give our negotiators and the experts the time and space to do their jobs,” he said. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US secretary of state John Kerry has urged Congress not to proceed with imposing new sanctions on Iran to allow negotiators to conclude a historic (...)

Woodrow Wilson: made jokes in black dialect and felt that interracial marriage would “degrade the white nations”.

On Thursday night, we sat around, talking about the lawyer and constitutional expert in the White House, a leader both didactic and charming, peacenik(...)

US president Barack Obama pauses while speaking about former South African President Nelson Mandela following the announcement of his death. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times.

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to Nelson Mandela last night, saying that the former South African leader had achieved more than could be ex(...)

US vice president Joe Biden (R) meets with Japan’s deputy prime minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo today. Photograph: Reuters

US vice president Joe Biden urged Japan and China to lower tensions that have spiked since Beijing announced an air defense zone over disputed island(...)

Tom Carnahan has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next US ambassador to Ireland.

Missouri businessman and lawyer Tom Carnahan, a major fundraiser for President Barack Obama, has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next U(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, with former US ambassador Dan Rooney at a reception for members of the diplomatic corps at Áras an Uachtaráin last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The only time there was a longer delay in the appointment of a new US ambassador to Ireland was in 1935, and then the official title of the position w(...)

In 2008, the gun that was used to kill John F Kennedy’s assassin was auctioned off as part of “a pop culture collection”. Other items included the (...)

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