Republicans have won control of the US Senate, seizing seats from Democrats in mid-term elections shaped by deep voter discontent with President Barack Obama.
A triumphant US President Barack Obama pledged to ease the bitter partisan divide on display during his gruelling battle for re-election and sure to carry over into his second White House term, while the most pressing of many urgent economic problems looms with a “fiscal cliff” at the end of the year.
US President Barack Obama has captured a second White House term, even though he has claimed only 50% of the popular vote with returns from 94% of the country's precincts so far.
The North’s First and Deputy First Ministers have congratulated Barack Obama on his re-election as US president.
A second term and a Twitter record – with much to celebrate, a picture of an intimate embrace with his wife Michelle has become President Barack Obama’s most popular tweet ever with over half a million retweets and counting.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has added his congratulations to US PresidentBarack Obama on his re-election.
The Deputy US Ambassador to Ireland has said the re-election of 'Irish-American' President Barack Obama will see Ireland's relationship with the US go "from strength to strength".
President Michael D Higgins has added his voice to those congratulating Barack Obama.
From his old school in Indonesia to a Japanese beach town that happens to share his name, people around the world have cheered Barack Obama’s re-election as US president today.
Newly re-elected President Barack Obama will once again deal with a divided Congress as Democrats retained control of the US Senate, while Republicans kept their solid majority in the House of Representatives.
Re-elected US president Barack Obama today told ecstatic supporters the “best is yet to come” in a victory speech in his home city of Chicago.
President Obama's distant relative Henry Healy from Moneygall in Co Offaly has welcomed the US election result.
Barack Obama has been re-elected as US president, telling ecstatic supporters: "For the United States of America, the best is yet to come."
Barack Obama has been re-elected President of the United States of America.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney has conceded defeat in the race for the White House.
Colorado has become the first US state to approve a proposal to legalise marijuana for recreational use.
Maine has approved same-sex marriage, giving the gay rights movement a breakthrough victory.
President Obama told supporters his win “wasn’t fate and it wasn’t an accident”.
Barack Obama has been re-elected as US president, according to projections.
Republicans have lost two seats in the Senate, boosting Democratic prospects for keeping control of the upper chamber.
US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have closed out their hard-fought battle for the White House, yielding centre stage to voters who face a stark choice on election day between fundamentally different visions for the country’s future.
President Barack Obama can beat rival Mitt Romney as a television draw, but can not eclipse his old self.
Clint Eastwood says he achieved what he sought to do when he appeared at the Republican National Convention last week and talked to an empty chair that he said represented President Barack Obama. The actor’s speech was widely mocked.
Former president Bill Clinton will lead the cheers as he nominates Barack Obama for a second White House term tonight in a bid to enhance the Democrats economic credibility.
Democrats launched President Barack Obama on his uncertain bid for re-election as they opened their national convention.
A fired-up Barack Obama has lampooned his Republican rivals, saying they had taken the country backwards and were better-suited to the black-and-white TV era, as he began touring battleground states in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention.
US President Barack Obama is embarking on a four-day march through battleground states and the storm-battered Gulf Coast in the lead-up to his party’s convention.
Mitt Romney was on the defensive after raising the discredited rumour that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore ineligible to be president.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said his economic programme would create 12 million new jobs in the next four years, turning his attention back to the economy before the release of an important report on US unemployment.
Republican Herman Cain is apologising to Muslim leaders for vitriolic remarks he made about Islam while campaigning for the US presidential nomination.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he has not ruled out making a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is again slapping down speculation that she harbours ambitions for another presidential run.
President Barack Obama was on a political collision course with his opponents tonight after Republicans made sweeping election gains and vowed to undo some of his major policies.
Republicans today claimed their US elections victory gave them a mandate to throw out President Barack Obama's health care reform, calling it a "monstrosity".
A series of gloomy US economic reports released today, just days before congressional elections, are expected to contribute to big losses by President Barack Obama's Democrats.
President Barack Obama used a popular late-night TV satire show to try to rouse younger voters ahead of next Tuesday's congressional elections.
US Senator John McCain said he sees Sarah Palin continuing to play a major role in the future of the Republican Party.
US President George Bush today delivered a farewell address to the nation in which he paid tribute to his successor as a man whose story reflects “the enduring promise” of America.
A US federal judge refused to order the words “so help me God” taken out of President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural oath or to stop ministers from praying at the inauguration ceremony.
The next US first lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters have arrived in Washington ahead of President-elect Barack Obama.
Presidential electors have formally elected Barack Obama the US’s 44th president.
Although Oprah Winfrey worked hard on Barack Obama's presidential election campaign, she never considered going to work for the president-elect's administration, the talk show host said.
Former rival Hillary Clinton was today formally named as Barack Obama’s new secretary of state.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev backed US president-elect Barack Obama’s reforming stance, saying the world needed a strong America.
US President-elect Barack Obama intends to name the president of the New York Federal Reserve as his treasury secretary to confront the country’s intense economic turmoil, senior Democratic officials said. The stock market soared on the news.
Sarah Palin had yet another PR stunt backfire on her today.
An aide to Barack Obama’s transition team says the US president-elect is on track to nominate Senator Hillary Clinton as secretary of state by next Thursday.
Former campaign rivals President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain met today to discuss working together in the future in their first meeting since the bitter election race.
US President-elect Barack Obama today urged Congress to get moving on an economic rescue plan that would extend jobless benefits among other actions.
US president-elect Barack Obama interviewed primary election rivals Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson to be his secretary of state, Democrats said, as he considered folding former foes into his new administration.
Fidel Castro said today that the election of a new president would not bring change to the US.
EBay will not allow tickets for president-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony to be sold on its websites.
President-elect Barack Obama said he hoped to fulfil “the simple hopes and common dreams of all Americans” as he announced his resignation from the US Senate today.
Defeated US presidential candidate John McCain defended his running mate Sarah Palin today, denying that she damaged his White House bid and dismissing criticism of her as campaign sniping.
Barack Obama enjoyed a “relaxed and friendly” meeting with President George Bush as he visited the White House for the first time since becoming US president-elect.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blamed Bush administration policies for the Republican presidential defeat and prayed she would not miss “an open door” for her next political opportunity.
Barack Obama spent two hours having private talks with President George Bush today as he visited the White House for the first time since becoming US president-elect.
Barack Obama will meet President George Bush for key talks at the White House for the first time since becoming the first black US president-elect in history today.
Barack Obama heads to the White House for his first post-election meeting with President George Bush this week, as Americans await signals of how their new leader will confront the overwhelming array of challenges facing the United States.
There is growing concern about the impact Barack Obama's tax reforms would have on jobs in American multi-nationals with bases in Ireland.