House speaker John Boehner  announces his resignation: he decided to act following the “awesome sight” of the pope’s historic address to congress. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Republican speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner surprised colleagues and the wider political establishment in Washington by annou(...)

Pope Francis arrives to give a mass in Holguin, Cuba, a cradle of Catholic faith and home of Fidel and Raul Castro. Photograph: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images

During the visit of Pope Francis to the US, which starts on Tuesday, the pontiff will address a group of 200 poor and sick beneficiaries of Catholic c(...)

Cubans attend a Catholic service in Havana. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

In four days, Pope Francis, the first pope from Latin America, will touch down in two of the least Catholic countries in the Americas: Cuba and the Un(...)

Martin Moulton, community activist and resident of the Shaw neighbourhood in Washington DC, outside the historic Howard Theatre.

Walk out of Shaw-Howard University Metro station in Washington and the Shaw neighbourhood strikes you as a perfect example of the kind of gentrific(...)

President Barack Obama will officially restore Denali as the name of North America’s tallest mountain, ending a 40-year battle over what to call the peak that has been known as Mount McKinley. Photograph: National Park Service/Tim Rains/Reuters

President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America’s tallest mountain, siding with the state of Alaska in en(...)

‘if I’m being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who’s already unhinged — don’t do that,’ the Pretenders rocker said. Photograph: Getty images

Singer Chrissie Hynde has been criticised for saying that it can be a woman’s fault if she is raped. The Pretenders rocker (63), said she blames hers(...)

A zoo in the US state of Ohio will take two cubs of a grizzly bear that was euthanized after it killed a hiker in Yellowstone national park. Park spok(...)

Police said James Young had just finished riding a Cedar Point rollercoaster  and was trying to retreive dropped belongings when he was hit by the ride or a passenger.

A man has been killed by a rollercoaster at a US amusement park after entering a restricted area to look for a lost mobile phone. Police said J(...)

Pedro scored the winner for Barcelona in the Super Cup final just hours after it was announced he had asked to leave the club. Photograph: Getty
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Golf
  • August 12, 2015, 08:28

Harrington and Clarke back Lowry for Major The US PGA Championship begins at Whistling Strait tomorrow with Shane Lowry looking to pick up where he le(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Democratic presidential candidates will hold the first of six primary debates on October 13th in Nevada, the party has said, setting out a debate cale(...)