Sheikh Hassan Hassan at his home in Lincoln: “After what happened back home, we lost our land, we lost our home, we didn’t have anything left. People said, ‘If someone dies over here, what are we going to do?’” Photograph: Andrew Dickinson/The New York Times

They came to America seeking the freedom to pray and work in peace. But in death, many hoped to be buried among the hills of their homeland, in northe(...)

The HSE has pledged to develop services to ensure that no Irish citizen should need to be sent overseas for a care placement. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

Irish authorities have been spending about €3 million a year on facilities abroad to provide care for vulnerable young people due to a lack of speci(...)

Warren Buffett: expensive lunch guest. Photograph:   Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

A Chinese company that develops online games bid more than €2 million for what must be the most expensive Buffet lunch in history. Zhu Ye, head of Be(...)

Senators Kathy Campbell and Ernie Chambers celebrate after Republican governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill to ban the death penalty was overridden. Photograph: Andrew Dickinson/The New York Times

Nebraska became the 19th American state to outlaw the death penalty and the first traditionally controlled by conservatives to repeal capital punishm(...)

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(...)

Outgoing US defence secretary Chuck Hagel: reported to have resigned under pressure from a White House eager to project more assertive responses.  Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Chuck Hagel, president Barack Obama’s defence secretary, has stood down after less than two years in the job in a sign of increased unease at the W(...)

 Capitol police lead away a protestor after he and three others were removed from the Senate Gallery for shouting during a vote on the XL Pipeline in the US Capitol in Washington DC. Photograph: EPA

Republican prospects of increasing their US Senate majority were boosted when a Bill approving the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipe(...)

The real deal: author Rainbow Rowell

There was no fanfare when Eleanor & Park, the second novel by the American author Rainbow Rowell, was published, two years ago. It wasn’t hyped as(...)

South Korean students prepare to take an exam. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

The sight of secondary school students in blue uniforms traipsing through downtown Seoul at 11pm is jarring, but it’s common in the highly competiti(...)

US  assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell (at podium) of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announces criminal charges and two global cyber fraud disruptions, Gameover Zeus and Cyrptolocker, at the Department of Justice in Washington.Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

America has revealed more details about the attack by a band of hackers who implanted viruses on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, (...)