A US execution chamber.  File photograph: Paul Buck/AFP/Getty Images

The US Supreme Court has ruled against three death row inmates who had sought to bar the use of an execution drug they said risked causing excruciatin(...)

Nobody who has passed through Northern Ireland in July should get too hoity-toity about the controversy concerning the Confederate flag. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The recent killings in Charleston once again invite us to ponder how western Europe differs from the United States. Nobody who has passed through Nort(...)

One drawing features a wheel that may have been used to teach multiplication tables. Photograph: Oklahoma City Public Schools

Workers renovating a school in Oklahoma City recently uncovered blackboards sporting colourful pictures and lessons that have been hidden from view fo(...)

Muslim woman Samantha Elauf (right), who was denied a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa in 2008,  has been awarded $20,000. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

The US supreme court on Monday revived an employment discrimination lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch, which had refused to hire a Muslim woman (...)

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(...)

Residents stand outside their homes as damaged cars are seen after a tornado hit the town of Ciudad Acuna, state of Coahuila. Photograph: Ramiro Gomez/Reuters 1:25

A tornado has swept through a city on the US-Mexico border, killing at least 13 people.Rescue workers began digging through the rubble of damaged home(...)

Men arrested and charged with crimes stemming from a shoot-out and fight between biker gangs outside the Twin Peaks bar and restaurant in Waco, Texas, on Sunday. Photograph: McLennan County Sheriff’s Department via New York Times service

The bikers involved in the biggest and bloodiest clash of motorcycle gangs in recent decades brought an astonishing arsenal to the Twin Peaks restaura(...)

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Shoptalk: Enniskillen

The word Enniskillen triggers the same unfortunate associations as do the names Lockerbie, Warrington, Oklahoma City and other innocent sites of man’s(...)

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941 Photograph: Reuters

The remains of as many as 388 “unknown” US military members who died when the USS Oklahoma was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will be(...)

Chief executive Alan Walsh

One51, the environmental services and investment holding group, has an acquisition war chest of €90 million at the ready should the right investment p(...)