The Aughinish Alumina refinery on the Shannon Estuary near Foynes, Co Limerick. The US senate defeated a bid led by Democrat Charles Schumer to overturn a deal lifting sanctions earlier this week, easing the threat against the refinery

Seán Garland, managing director of Aughinish Alumina, wrote to US Senate minority leader Charles Schumer this week warning that the threat of sanction(...)

A protest at the arrivals hall of San Francisco’s SFO International Airport after people arriving from Muslim-majority countries were held at the border control as a result of the new executive order. Photograph: Peter Dasilva/EPA

US Democrats have vowed to overturn president Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration with legislation, as opposition and protests grew over hi(...)

‘The story of how Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton rose and reinvented themselves and embraced and brawled is the story of New York itself.’ Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

The sensational, spidery plot of the most gripping game of thrones in modern history is best captured by two images. The first is from Donald J Trump’(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: “These corporate inversions take capital and, more importantly, jobs offshore”

Pfizer faces political risks in Washington if it proceeds with a bid for Allergan, but with little chance of legislation to curb such tax inversion d(...)

Loretta Lynch listens to a question during her confirmation hearing before the Senate judiciary committee. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general has defended the legality of the president’s executive orders bypassing Congress to protect illegal immi(...)

The Irish Ambassador to the US confirmed in a letter to Fine Gael TD John Deasy (above) that, following his request, the Embassy in Washington got in contact with the New York office of  senator Charles Schumer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish Embassy in Washington DC has contacted a US senator to raise concerns over his call for more than 1,100 at-risk jobs at a pharmaceutical gia(...)

In a rare unanimous vote, the US House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at barring Hamid Abutalebi from receiving a visa to enter the US. Photograph: EPA

The United States denied a visa to Iran’s proposed UN ambassador today, citing the envoy’s links to the 1979-1981 Iranian hostage crisis, in a (...)

President Barack Obama will nominate Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve later today, administration officials said last night, ending an unusually public search to fill one of the most important economic policy-making jobs in the world. Photograph: Mary F Calvert/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama will nominate Fed number two Janet Yellen today to run the world’s most influential central bank, providing some relief to m(...)

US Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) talks to reporters as he walks to a Senate Democratic caucus meeting at the US Capitol in Washington. The Obama administration has accelerated its push to persuade individual Americans to sign up for the most extensive overhaul of the US healthcare system in 50 years, as the program’s foes in Congress fight to delay its launch with the threat of a federal government shutdown. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Deadlock brings US to edge of shutdown
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  • September 30, 2013, 20:37

The US Congress, still in partisan deadlock today over Republican efforts to halt President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, was on the verge of shu(...)

The test of the plastic handgun came after a year of development

The world’s first gun made almost entirely by a 3D plastic printer has been successfully fired in Texas. The test of the plastic handgun,(...)