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Aretha Franklin sings during the inauguration ceremony for  Barack Obama in Washington, January 20th, 2009. The grey hat  is now on display in  the Smithsonian Institution. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Aretha Louise Franklin Born: March 25th, 1942 Died: August 16th, 2018 On a crisp, sparkling day in January 2009, Aretha Franklin stood on the steps(...)

In this November 2017 photo, Aretha Franklin attends the Elton John Aids Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Gala in New York. Photograph:  Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

Named the “Queen of Soul” in a mock coronation on a Chicago stage in 1967, Aretha Franklin – who has died aged 76 – reigned majestically until her dea(...)

Former CIA director John Brennan has fired back at US president Donald Trump.  File photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

John Brennan has called Donald Trump’s repeated denials that his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election “hogwash”, and accused the US (...)

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is building a coalition of minority voters, topped up with liberal whites. Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

The world did not always notice, so absorbed was it in the fact of his blackness, but Barack Obama sought to de-emphasise race. Had events not forced (...)

 Work continues at the site of the World Meeting of Families  Mass at the Phoenix Park in Dublin, at which Pope Francis will be the chief celebrant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The cost of the 32-hour visit to Ireland of Pope Francis is expected to compute at about €1 million an hour. “This is bigger than the Queen, bigger t(...)

US president Donald Trump chairs a meeting with administration and state officials on prison reform at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey on Thursday. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump is a “racist” who has used the “N-word” repeatedly, Omarosa Manigault Newman, once the most prominent African American in the White House(...)

US president Donald Trump owes his grip on eminent Republicans to cravenness on their part and ruthlessness on his. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Consider some headlines from the serious press over the past year. “Why Americans should fight Donald Trump’s isolationism.” “Trump’s Neo-isolationism(...)

Donald Trump’s decision to reimpose sanctions against Iran will undermine moderates such as president Hassan Rouhani, who had staked a great deal on the nuclear agreement, and allow hardliners to reassert control. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA-EFE, Shawn Thew

Donald Trump’s move to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, following his decision earlier this year to renege on the nuclear deal signed by his prede(...)

Facebook said it has discovered the first co-ordinated disinformation campaign designed to influence the US midterm elections but stopped short of ide(...)

Meghan Markle received research from the Irish Family History Centre while visiting Dublin last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

John FitzGerald Kennedy was raised to take pride in his Irish roots. In August 1947, the newly elected congressman stayed at Lismore Castle in Co Wate(...)

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