Barack Obama meets Donald Trump as he is sworn in as US  president: Mr Trump talks about the US as a self-interested state among self-interested states, unique in its power but not in its existential purpose, which is to survive and prosper. Photograph: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Not since Andrew Johnson followed Abraham Lincoln have successive US presidents contrasted more vividly than Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Their han(...)

The front page of The Irish Times on November 23rd, 1963

“President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was shot dead in Dallas, Texas, by a hidden assassin armed with a high-powere(...)

The characters look exactly as they did when they were quarrelling with George HW Bush

The folk behind Viz, the incorrigible adult comic that ruled the John Major years, used to joke that Mark E Smith, lead singer of The Fall, was the fi(...)

Khabib Nurmagomedov could well be Conor McGregor’s toughest opponent yet when they square off in Las Vegas for UFC 229. Photo: Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Barging his way into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather and pocketing $100m for his troubles was all very well for Conor McGregor. But what did it do(...)

 A car  is driven into  protesters demonstrating against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on  August 12th, 2017.  One woman, Heather Heyer, died and  19 were  injured. Photograph: AP

Less than three hours' drive southwest of Washington DC, the highway reaches the small city of Charlottesville. Located in the heart of Virginia near(...)

US president Donald Trump in Michigan on Saturday. “Trump’s peculiar form of diplomacy  has somehow produced a possible breakthrough in North Korea that eluded his predecessors.” Photograph: Rena Laverty/EPA

You can hear those heads exploding from here to Oslo. Republican legislators are pushing Donald Trump, the most combative man in the universe, for a N(...)

Millicent Fawcett speaking at the Suffragette Pilgrimage in Hyde Park, London. Photograph: PA Wire

A statue of 19th century British feminist leader Millicent Fawcett was unveiled in London’s Parliament Square on Tuesday, the first monument honourin(...)

Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s statue of Parnell. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Shopping in Dunne’s recently, I overheard an interesting snippet of conversation in the aisles. It was before the blizzard-induced panic but, as it ha(...)

Students at the University of Texas at Austin visiting the Jefferson Davis exhibit at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University

Confederate president Jefferson Davis takes you by surprise, suddenly appearing in the corridor of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. At 8(...)

Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Feargháil and guest speaker  Alan Quinlan prior to the Oireachtas symposium on  mental health at  Dublin Castle. Photograph: Maxwells

Politicians are not immune from suffering mental health problems, and Government policy must be updated to tackle the issue, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fe(...)

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