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Even US president Joe Biden’s legendary capabilities, his ability to finish deals and forge alliances, wasn’t enough to get his Build Back Better deal signed. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Democracy is a funny thing. In the US, we end 2021 with one holdout senator, from one of the poorest states in the union, a place that desperately nee(...)

Virginia senator Joe Manchin: Said he would not support any legislation that includes a clean electricity programme. His state is a major coal producer and he has financial ties to the coal industry. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

Some House and Senate Democrats, smarting from a move by Virginia senator Joe Manchin to kill a major element of President Joe Biden’s climate plan, a(...)

A firefighter sprays water on a propane tank as a home burns due to the Dixie fire in the Indian Falls neighbourhood,   California. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

US president Joe Biden travelled to California on Monday to survey wildfire damage as the state battles a devastating fire season that is on track to (...)

A car speeds through a flooded street ahead of the Hurricane Nicholas in Galveston, Texas. Photograph: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Heavy rains fell across the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana on Tuesday as tropical storm Nicholas strengthened into a hurricane before making landfa(...)

People navigate heavy rains and flooded walkways at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York as the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the area. Photoraph: Justin Lane/EPA

The New York area struggled on Thursday to overcome a devastating and deadly rainstorm brought on by the remnants of Hurricane Ida as local leaders ac(...)

A man wades through flood water  in Jean Lafitte, a small town 20 miles south of New Orleans in  Louisiana. Photograph:  Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Louisiana residents still reeling from flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Ida scrambled for food, fuel, water and relief from the sweltering heat(...)

Hurricane Ida: Darlene and Grant Dupre sit where their house used to be in Pointe-Aux-Chenes, about 70km southwest of New Orleans, on Monday. Photograph: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty

I’m proud of my Irish heritage and my courageous great-grandmother who emigrated to the United States by herself as a teenager. She built a life in Ph(...)

Members of the Louisiana National Guard and local sheriffs department work on search and rescue missions after Hurricane Ida. Photograph: Dan Anderson/EPA

Emergency fuel waivers have been issued for Louisiana and Mississippi in the United States due to Hurricane Ida, as officials warned it could be weeks(...)

A man passes by a section of roof that was blown off of a building in the French Quarter by Hurricane Ida winds. Photograph: Eric Gay/AP Photo

More than a million people remained without power in and around New Orleans on Monday as residents and authorities began to assess the damage from Hur(...)

The trials were linked to the former US vice-president Aaron Burr’s plans to establish his own independent nation to the west of the United States: the so-called Burr Conspiracy

In 1807, two Irish lawyers went on trial in New Orleans. It was alleged that the accused, James Workman and Lewis Kerr, had plotted to send a force to(...)

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