Brandon Astor Jones: convicted of murdering a convenience store manager in Atlanta in 1979. His execution was the fifth this year in the United States, and the first of two scheduled this month in Georgia. Photograph:  AFP/Georgia Department of Corrections

A 72-year-old man convicted of murdering a convenience store manager in a 1979 robbery in Atlanta’s suburbs was executed in Georgia early on Wednesday(...)

Colum Eastwood with his daughter Rosa and wife Rachel after he won the SDLP leadership contest. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood has a five-months-old baby called Rosa. His wife’s name is Rachael Parkes. Given that he now leads Northern Ireland’s SDLP, a party bor(...)

Skywriting over the 127th Rose Parade makes a reference to US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in  California on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Five planes flew over the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, on Friday writing messages in the sky that included “America is great! Trump is(...)

Donald Trump gives a national security speech aboard the second World War battleship USS Iowa in September in San Pedro, California. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP

Whether he wins or not, Donald Trump will be moving in on Pennsylvania Avenue in 2016. Democrats will be hoping it will be the Old Post Office Pavilio(...)

Taylor Swift performs during her ‘1989’ World Tour in Sydney last month. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty

California hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar led the Grammy nominations on Monday, scoring 11 nods including album of the year for “To Pimp a Butterfly.”(...)

Donald Trump: criticised in tweets by Democratic mayor of New Jersey and Republican former governor of New York.   Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Businessman Donald Trump, the poll leader in the race to be Republican presidential nominee, has drawn fire again by claiming that “thousands and t(...)

US Republican candidate Dr Ben Carson on Syrian refugees: “If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighbourhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs, but you’re putting your intellect into motion.” Photograph: Chris Keane/Reuters

Republicans were tripping over themselves this week to ratchet up the anti-refugee rhetoric in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, targeting Syrian mi(...)

Stewart Buttefield of Slack speaking at the  Web Summit  in Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Stewart Butterfield is enthusiastic about Irish food. Particularly apples, which he says are better than most in North America, but brown bread and(...)

Former US senator Fred Thompson. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Fred D Thompson, a former US senator, actor and Republican presidential candidate, died on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 73. The cause was a(...)

Seán Moncrieff: ‘I had to go on the dole for a while, which was a surreal experience.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘The Irish are endlessly fascinated by themselves,” said Terry Eagleton. I first read this quote in The Irish Paradox by Seán Moncrieff, a book abo(...)