Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told a campaign rally in Tennessee that he would “build a big, beautiful safe zone” inside Syria where people could find refuge.  Photograph: Wade Payne/AP

More than half of America’s states are refusing to accept Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks as Republican presidential contenders propo(...)

Derrick Stafford (left) and Norris Greenhouse Jr

Two police officers have been arrested on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a six-year-old boy during a pursuit(...)

JP Sexton on patrol on the dock in New Orleans, protecting an aid ship which had re-routed from delivering food and supplies to Haiti.

It was not until I started to see posts on Facebook this past week that I realised this was the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a horrendou(...)

People enjoy the music during a Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary event at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photograph: Getty

From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Super Dome, New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina(...)

 US president Barack Obama announcing a  plan  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from  coal-burning power plants. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Obama administration has vowed to override states that refuse to accept its new climate goals by mandating how they should achieve emissions cuts,(...)

US presidential hopeful Rick Perry has said filmgoers should be able to take their guns into cinemas in order to help stop fatal shootings. Photograph: Getty

US presidential hopeful Rick Perry has said filmgoers should be able to take their guns into cinemas in order to help stop fatal shootings. Spe(...)

Melvin Galle Jr (41) and Keith M Galle (34) have been charged with attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery over the shooting of Brian Hanrahan (30) from Co Tipperary on January 27th.

Two brothers accused of robbing and shooting an Irish garda while he was on holiday in New Orleans in January will stand trial separately in October, (...)

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(...)