Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

Carl Mueller is greeted by friends at a candlelight memorial honouring his daughter, aid worker Kayla Mueller at the Prescott’s Courthouse Square in Prescott, Arizona. Photograph: Deanna Dent/Reuters

Candles lit up the plaza of a central Arizona courthouse as hundreds gathered to honour the American woman taken hostage by Islamic militants.Kayla Mu(...)

Mark Czerwin: ‘I’ve had a good run of it here in the OC, but as I’ve grown older my priorities have changed; I’m less materialistic and more enthusiastic about living in a culture where people know and care about each other.’

I left my home in Clontarf in Dublin for Orange County, California in 1988, aged 22. I had an American girlfriend who I had met in Phoenix Arizona,(...)

Kayla Mueller was abducted in Aleppo, Syria in August 2013. Photograph: Mueller Family/Handout via Reuters

The young American hostage who Islamic State says was killed in a Jordanian air strike was condemned to death by the militant group last year, accordi(...)

Kayla Mueller’s family have said they are hopeful she is still alive. Photograph: Reuters

The parents of an American humanitarian worker held hostage by Islamic State since August 2013 said on Friday they are hopeful she is still alive, aft(...)

New England Patriots’  Malcolm Butler  makes a vital interception to deny  Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette  during the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIX  at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, USA. Photo: Larry Smith/EPA

For the dawn of spring, there was no sighting of daffodils, or leaping lambs, in the shattered world of Vinny Fitzpatrick. On Imbolc, the first of the(...)

New England Patriots players reach out to touch the Vince Lombardi Trophy after they defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale, Arizona. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters 1:47

New England Patriots - 28Seattle Seahawks - 24The New England Patriots were crowned Super Bowl champions on Sunday after defeating the Seattle Seahawk(...)

Solar City will provide and install all the equipment required with no up-front cost to get a household or business up and running for solar energy. How? The consumer then pays Solar City for the power that they generate

Everyone seems to supports solar power. It’s like the kid in a race that everyone wants to win because they’ve so much spirit. Still they always end u(...)

Fr Shane Crombie has teamed up with parish administrator Tom Whelan and retired parish priest Fr Sean Heaney to establish a trans-Atlantic church-based network focusing on attracting American industry to Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Two priests and a parish administrator have spent the last year on a mission to spread the word. The devout Tullamore trio - parish administrator Tom (...)

Tiger Woods talks to the media after playing a practice round at the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona, this week. Photograph: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

Tiger Woods will be looking to prove he can still be the force he once was against two of golf’s young rising stars when the Waste Management Phoenix (...)