Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning  is surrounded by the media after a game against the San Francisco 49ers in which he broke the all-time NFL record with 509 career touchdowns. Photograph:  t Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Peyton Manning paid tribute to team-mates past and present after breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record for most career touchdown passes.Denver Broncos qu(...)

Police guard the entrance to the St Louis County Justice Building in Clayton, Missouri, as protestors gathered in August after the killing of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson.  File photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters

A white off-duty St Louis city policeman shot and killed a black teenager who fired on him yesterday, police said, triggering protests just miles fro(...)

Kevin O’Malley (left) being sworn in as the new US ambassador to Dublin by US vice president Joe Biden

The United States is expected to take a role in Northern Ireland’s reconvened inter-party talks aimed at attempting to resolve outstanding political i(...)

Protesters gather near the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, last night, following clashes    between police and demonstrators on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

A police officer from the strife-hit Missouri city of Ferguson was shot last night and authorities are still searching for the shooter, law enforcemen(...)

US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley speaking with Missouri senator Claire McCaskill at confirmation hearing before the Senate foreign relations committee in July.

The American Ireland Fund, the influential philanthropic group, sent a strongly worded letter of frustration to the Democratic and Republican leaders (...)

 San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (left) can’t avoid  Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. Photograph: Paul Buck

Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks experienced a surprise 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers while Peyton Manning led the Denver B(...)

 Ian Paisley with his wife  and children before a service in his honour at the Martyrs’ Memorial Church, on the Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

The centre of Ballymena was going through its usual, slightly lazy early Friday afternoon yesterday when the secondary schools disgorged their pupils (...)

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan,  Archbishop of New York, at the jubilee Mass in the Cathedral of   Christ the King, Mullingar,  yesterday,  with   papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown and  the Bishop of Meath Dr Michael Smith, to  mark the 75th anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral in the diocese of Meath. Photograph:  John McElroy

Cardinal Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan attended celebrations in Mullingar yesterday to mark the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Cathedr(...)

Racial disparities in Ferguson’s police force were blamed for the killing of Michael Brown on August 9th. About two-thirds of the city’s population of about 20,000 are African-American, while the 53-strong Ferguson police force has just four black officers. Photograph: Whitney Curtis/The New York Times

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, are to be investigated by the US justice department into policing practices in response to last month’s killing of an u(...)

Michael Sam during pre-game workouts for the St Louis Rams in Miami. Photograph: Marc Serota/Getty Images

At one stage during the never-ending build-up to an NFL season that finally kicks off tonight, ESPN went live to the St Louis Rams’ training camp. On-(...)