Albert Woodfox: he was was convicted of the murder in 1972 of a guard in Angola prison, Louisiana, where he was serving time for armed robbery

A federal court has ordered the release of the longest-standing solitary confinement prisoner in the US, who has been in isolation almost without paus(...)

The burial of Liam Flynn at Arlington National Cemetery. Photograph: Marty Katz

A US military investigation into the Black Hawk helicopter crash that killed an Irish member of the US Marines and 10 others off Florida’s coast in Ma(...)

Dennis Hastert, speaker of the US House of Representatives from 1999-2007, allegedly paid an individual from his hometown of Yorkville $3.5 million (€3.2 million) to “compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct”. File photograph: Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images

Former speaker of the US House of Representatives Dennis Hastert has been charged with lying to the FBI and evading banking laws over the alleged paym(...)

Joe Conway, originally from Portlaoise, is director of print and electronic media at Houston Community College: “You pick up a lot of skills working as a journalist”

Plenty of people have run away from Ireland over the years. None more so than Joe Conway, who took to his heels and left the country in 1987 to take u(...)

Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’, has died at the age of 74. Photograph: Getty Images

Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’, has died at the age of 74.William Clark, coroner for East Baton Ro(...)

 Jason Quigley will take on Lanny Dardar in Los Angeles on Friday night. Photograph: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Donegal’s Jason Quigley faces Lanny Dardar on Friday night in Los Angeles hoping to secure the fourth win of his professional career. The Quigley bout(...)

Gay rights advocate Vin Testa in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP

Gabriela Polanco says her 14-month-old daughter Alexandra Noemi is running around, eating with a fork and drinking out of “a big-girl cup”.Two years a(...)

Finbar Furey: ‘I knew I’d never be able to play the pipes as well again,’ he says of an injury to his shoulder. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Finbar Furey loves the idea of his music bringing people together. This happened at the World Cup in 1994, he says, when Holland were playing Irela(...)

The US Supreme Court is to decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry under the country’s constitution.   Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the US Supreme Court  in 2013.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The US Supreme Court is to decide whether or not same-sex couples have a right to marry under the country’s constitution, setting up a potentially hi(...)

Aftermath of a 2013 storm in the US which spawned more than 80 tornadoes across the United States and killed 35 people. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Tornadoes unleashed by thunderstorms along the US Gulf Coast ripped through southeastern Mississippi on Tuesday, killing four people, injuring many an(...)