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Former US first lady Lady Bird Johnson (polka-dot dress), her husband former president Lyndon B Johnson (dark suit) and former vice-president Spiro T Agnew (holding glass, far right)  at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, watching the launch of  Apollo 11  on its mission to carry out the first  manned lunar landing. Photograph: National Geographic/Getty Images

There has been a lot in the media over the past weeks as we close in like a moon lander on the 50th anniversary of the first touchdown by a human on t(...)

The point was not to get to the moon but to return from its great desolation,  to come back to this astonishing Earth. Photograph: SSPL/Getty Images

What moved me as a child in 1969 wasn’t the moon landing but the dramatic splashdown I thought very seriously about whether I could get the gold(...)

Jean Kennedy-Smith: she was seen in diplomatic eyes, particularly in London, as providing Clinton’s “eyes and ears” in the Irish scene. Photograph: Getty Images

British interest in the appointment of Jean Kennedy-Smith as US ambassador in Dublin in 1993 emerges in this year’s previously confidential files rele(...)

A lunch Charles Haughey hosted for the Saudi crown prince Abdullah at Malahide Castle in November 1988 exceeded government spending limits on the basis that “entertainment by the Taoiseach must be of a very high standard”. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The 1980s were a time of severe austerity in Ireland. A ballooning budget deficit and double-digit unemployment threatened the viability of the State (...)

Former US president Bill Clinton  speaks during the Robert Francis Kennedy memorial service at the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater in  Virginia, US, on Wednesday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Almost 50 years after he made the journey to his final resting place, friends and family of Robert F Kennedy travelled to Arlington Cemetery on Wednes(...)

Bill Clinton:  British diplomat Jonathan Powell conceded years later that the president’s  decision to grant Adams a visa-waiver in 1994 was the right thing to do. Photograph: Getty Images

Gerry Adams arrived at Kennedy Airport in New York at 4.30pm on Monday, January 31st, 1994, on Aer Lingus flight 105 from Dublin. Previously denied ac(...)

US president Donald Trump: “I don’t ever want to call a court biased, so I won’t call it biased. And we haven’t had a decision yet. But courts seem to be so political.”  Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

US president Donald Trump launched a blistering attack on critics of his immigration policy on Wednesday, describing the ruling by a Seattle court whi(...)

The hous that US president Barack Obama intends to rent after leaving office, in the upmarket Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/New York Times

US president Barack Obama and his family plan to move to a mansion in the upscale Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington, a mere two miles from the Whit(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been briefing senior Israeli and Palestinian figures on peace talks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been taking part in briefings with senior Israeli and Palestinian figures as part of fresh attempts to engage hardli(...)

Hillary Clinton: One of the funnier emails shows her  struggling to place a call to the White House, ranting to an aide about a telephone operator. Photograph: Charlie Mahoney/New York Times.

Another month, another release of Hillary Clinton emails. The latest batch of private emails sent to and from the Democratic presidential frontrunner (...)

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