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A coal power plant in Adamsville, Alabama. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty

The United States is scaling up its climate ambition in tandem with whistle-stop visits to big carbon-emitting countries in an effort to forge greater(...)

US president Joe Biden: wants to address vulnerabilities in  semiconductors, electric vehicle batteries, rare earth materials and pharmaceuticals. Photograph:  Saul Loeb

US president Joe Biden ordered a review of America’s supply chains on Wednesday – a sign that the new administration intends to continue some of the “(...)

President-elect Joe Biden introduces retired US army general Lloyd Austin (left) his nominee to be secretary of defense, in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday. Photograph: Hilary Swift/The New York Times

US president-elect Joe Biden has staunchly defended his choice to lead the Pentagon, amid signs of significant backlash from Democrats and Republicans(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden: Should he make it to the White House, Biden would have completed the longest marathon in US political history. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

It was late afternoon on February 2nd, the eve of the Iowa caucuses. We were jammed into a high-school gymnasium in Des Moines, the state capital, for(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and vice-presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine take the stage at a campaign rally in Miami, Florida. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Hillary Clinton introduced running mate Tim Kaine as “a progressive who likes to get things done”, joining him in the crucial battleground state of Fl(...)

Phil Hogan: the commissioner is hoping to reach a deal with US negotiators before March 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ireland’s EU commissioner Phil Hogan is urging American negotiators working on the proposed EU-US trade deal to “get on with it” and reach agreement (...)

The honeybee population has been declining steadily for decades from six million colonies in 1947 to 2.5 million today. Photograph: Getty Images

The White House has joined the fight to save the American honeybee and other pollinators such as birds, bats and butterflies from decline to protec(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney’s four-day US visit  includes 16 meetings and stops at Princeton in New Jersey, Rochester in New York and Appleton in Wisconsin for engagements with multinational investors in Ireland and potential investors. Photograph:  EPA/Nicolas Bouvy

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney arrived in the US yesterday for the start of four-day mission to encourage investment i(...)