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,(...)

Lasting remission of HIV has been seen in a group of 14 French patients known as the Visconti cohort, who started treatment on antiretroviral drugs within 10 weeks of becoming infected, and stayed on the drugs for an average of three years. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

A French teenager born with HIV and treated until age six is still free from infection 12 years after stopping the treatments, suggesting the first ca(...)

The state flag of Mississippi, which incorporates the   Confederate flag , is displayed with the flags of the other 49 states and territories in the tunnel connecting the senate office building and the US Congress. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Confederate flag has meant different things to different people over the years in the United States. It is far more than just a diagonal blue cros(...)

The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed  in Columbia, South Carolina. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images 1:40

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday called on politicians to take down the Confederate battle flag at the state capitol grounds, a week aft(...)

Hope Castle in Castleblayney

The new Monaghan Tourism website does not exaggerate when it describes the local landscape as “unspoiled”. The county of the little hills is indeed(...)

Revisiting Juno and the Paycock: Joe Dowling  rehearsing Seán O’Casey’s play with cast members at the Guthrie Theater. Photograph: Joan Marcus

Joe Dowling is standing in front of one of the Guthrie Theater’s three stages, in Minneapolis, giving notes to Mark Benninghofen, the American actor w(...)

BB King performs in Glastonbury in  June,  2011. File photograph:  Ian Gavan/Getty

Officials in the US state of Nevada said on Monday they would conduct an investigation into the death of BB King who died this month at age 89, after (...)

Blues legend B.B. King holding his Grammy award for Best Traditional Blues Album during the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards. File photograph: Vince Buccivince/AFP/Getty Images 1:20

Blues singer and guitarist BB King has died aged 89 in his Las Vegas, his lawyer has said. Brent Bryson said King died peacefully in his sleep at his (...)

In this photograph from the November 10th, 1967 issue of Life magazine, Bobbie Gentry strolls across the Tallahatchie Bridge in Money, Mississippi. The bridge collapsed in June 1972

It was July 1967.When the needle dropped you would have heard the insistent strum of what sounded like a small guitar in a big room, and then the wooz(...)

A file picture taken in March 2006 shows (left-right) Billy Powell, Bob Burns and Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a Ceremony in New York. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Robert Burns Jr, the founding drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the southern US rock band known for the power ballad Free Bird and the anthem Sweet Home Alab(...)