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Samantha Power, the nominee to be the US representative to the United Nations, testifies before the Senate foreign relations committee  in Washington, DC yesterday. Power has received broad bipartisan support for her nomination. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Dublin-born Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, criticised the world body’s inaction over Sy(...)

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde called on the United States to “hurry up with putting in place a medium-term road map to restore long-run fiscal sustainability”. Photograph:  Reuters/Jose Luis Magana

Last week the International Monetary Fund, whose normal role is that of stern disciplinarian to spendthrift governments, gave the United States some u(...)

Nelson Mandela and his then wife Winnie saluting well-wishers as he leaves Victor Verster prison, February 11th, 1990. Mandela spent 27 years incarcerated as a political prisoner of South Africa’s apartheid regime. Photograph: Ulli Michel/Reuters
Nelson Mandela - a timeline

July 18th, 1918 - Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela near Qunu, in Transkei (now Eastern Cape), the youngest son of a counsellor to the chief of his Th(...)

President Barack Obama has named Samantha Power to replace outgoing US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

United States president Barack Obama yesterday named Dublin-born former White House aide Samantha Poweras the next US ambassador to the United Nations(...)

Diaspora matters

Diaspora, a term once associated only with the exile of the Jews from Israel more than two millennia ago, has moved to the centre of the global(...)

“No Drama Obama is immersed in drama so over the top it could have been scripted by Shonda Rhimes and Karl Rove . . . The one-time messiah seems like a sad sack, trying to bounce back from a blistering array of sins that are not even his fault. He went to Baltimore on Friday to talk about jobs. But no one was listening.” Photograph: Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images

I went to New York last week to cover the TV presentations for the new season, shows such as Scandal (...)

Kieran McLoughlin (centre), president and chief executive of The American Ireland Fund, with from left, delegates Caitlin McCormick (New York), Reilly O’Connor (Washington DC),  Jennifer Carroll (Dublin) and John Travers (Dublin) at the The Ireland Funds Inaugural Global Young Leaders Forum held in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park in June 2010. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The US State Department’s prolific communications department is proof of the influence that the United States aims to have on world affairs. It(...)

The US consulate in Benghazi after the attack on September 11th, 2012, in which ambassador Chris Steven was killed.  Photograph: Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters

The capital is in the throes of deja vu and preview as it plunges back into Clinton Rules, defined by a presidential aide on the hit ABC show (...)

A shamrock in the window of an Irish pub in New York. The Irish diaspora is of the order of 70 million and rising. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

When Hillary Clinton was United States secretary of state in President Barack Obama’s first administration she reached out to diasporas central(...)

Titanic Belfast announced it has become the second most visited tourist attraction on the island. Photograph: Getty

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson hailed “the legacy of the most famous ship ever built” as Titanic Belfast announced it has becom(...)

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