In this courtroom sketch, Assistant US Attorney Al Chakravarty is shown pointing to defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during closing arguments in Tsarnaev’s federal death penalty trial in Boston. Photograph: Jane Flavell Collins/AP Photo 1:15

The surviving Boston Marathon bomber was a partner with his co-conspirator brother in a “cold, calculated terrorist act” intended to punish America f(...)

Gerry Adams: ‘To be honest, I was sick, sore and tired of a tsunami of stories based upon these tapes linking me to Mrs McConville’s death. So I contacted the police and said, “Look, you want to talk to me, I’m here to talk”.’

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has apologised to the victims of IRA violence but declined to apologise for the violence itself or the existence of th(...)

Jean Kennedy Smith, sister of the late US senator Edward Kennedy,  and Patrick Kennedy, his son, with (from left) vice president Joe Biden, Senator Ed Markey and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, for dedication ceremonies for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Despite the freezing wind blasting Columbia Point near Boston, the occasion felt – as one high-ranking Democrat is said to have remarked of a recent p(...)

Hillary Clinton:  responded positively but cautiously to the framework deal.  Describing the tentative agreement as “an important step” in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, she said: “The devil is always in the details in this kind of negotiation. The onus is on Iran and the bar must be set high.” Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Likely Republican challengers for the US presidency in 2016 voiced strong opposition to the outline of a nuclear deal with Iran, rejecting any deal (...)

Indiana senate president David Long (left) and house speaker Brian Bosma during a press conference at the Capitol in Indianapolis. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

Republicans stepped back from Indiana’s “religious freedom” law as state lawmakers moved to change the legislation amid uproar that the anti-gay stat(...)

Moving towards agreement at the talks in Lausanne, Switzerland: (from left) Chinese ambassador to the UN Wu Hailong, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, German foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarifat, Russian deputy political director Alexey Karpov, British foreign secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters/Pool 1:49

World leaders hailed the proposed Iranian nuclear deal with US President Barack Obama describing it as a “historic understanding” with Iran, while cri(...)

Jenna Morris trims Nick Bonora’s hair at Bernadette’s Barbershop in  Lafayette, Indiana.  The store is one of several that display a sticker stating: “This business serves everyone.” Photograph: Nate Chute/Reuters

The national uproar over new religious freedom state laws has shown how the conflict between defenders of religious liberty and opponents of discri(...)

The burial of Irish US marine Liam Flynn at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia yesterday. Flynn, from Clane, Co Kildare, was aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed last month in Navarre, Florida. Photograph: Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com 1:30

Irish-American Liam Flynn, the US special forces marine killed in a helicopter crash off Florida last month, was laid to rest at an emotional ceremony(...)

President Obama is applauded as he takes the stage to make remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to late senator Edward Kennedy and his ability to find compromise with political opponents, saying, “No one mad(...)

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa aged 18, who is in prison in Egypt. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The Government is treating the case of imprisoned Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt as a priority legally, diplomatically and politically, the Mi(...)