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(...)

A young supporter wears campaign stickers on her face as Democratic presidential candidate  Hillary Clinton speaks during a ‘get out to caucus’ event at Washington High School on January 30th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Iowa caucuses: how they work
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  • February 1, 2016, 11:51

The battle for the US presidency shifts into a new gear with the start of states’ caucuses and primary elections in February 2016, beginning with the (...)

The UK Bar Coucil pleading on behalf of Walter  specifically refers to the danger of executing the innocent, exemplified in the capital convictions in the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four cases. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

‘His head was in his hands,” the defence lawyer recalled of the hearing, “and he just had a troubled look on his face.” Anthony Kennedy, the swing vot(...)

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees  approved by Cabinet.

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees who have been approved by the Cabinet. Breandán Ó Caoll(...)

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(...)

Explorer Ernest Shackleton made three expeditions to the Antarctic, but is best known for the ‘Endurance’ expedition of 1914-1916 when the ship became trapped in the ice and Shackleton and five colleagues made an epic journey to South Georgia to seek rescue. Photograph: Print Collector/Getty Images)

Eugene Furlong hasn’t trimmed his beard in months and has tried not to wash too much, in preparation for a special night out. Dressing “down” rather (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel leaving the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

European leaders vowed to accelerate the implementation of already-agreed measures to tackle the refugee crisis, though stopped short of unveiling an(...)

Áine Geoghegan with her husband Bernard: ‘Every time I return to Ireland around the festive period, I come from a different country and with different outlook and view of home.’

Sipping mulled wine and eating warm mince pies seems strange in sunglasses and factor 30, but it is 25 degrees, the palm trees are dusted with fake sn(...)

James Holmes, who killed 12 people and wounded 70 others  in a Colorado cinema in 2012, was sentencd to life in prison rather than death. Photograph: Andy Cross/Reuters

Executions in the United States in 2015 fell to their lowest number in nearly 25 years, and new death sentences imposed by courts declined to levels (...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko (right) shakes hands with US vice-president Joe Biden after delivering a statement on the results of their talks in Kiev. Photograph: Reuters/Sergei Supinski/Pool

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has vigorously defended his record, under pressure from the United States to intensify reforms and amid calls for(...)