US Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia speaking at the Economics Club of New York earlier this month. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Conservative US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican(...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Visiting a pub is the number on reason people come to Ireland while listening to music in a pub is the number one reason they would return. File photograph: Frank Miller

Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St Louis. Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party as Jos(...)

Neighborhoods are seen submerged in flood water from the Meremac River at Pacific, Missouri. Photograph: Getty

Missouri governor Jay Nixon on Saturday toured communities ravaged by flooding that killed at least 31 people in several US states and forced large-sc(...)

Phyllis Evans gets a hug from Harvey Payne  after a tornado struck Holly Springs, Mississippi on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

Floods in Missouri forced hundreds of residents out of their homes on Tuesday after four days of storms sent rivers to record levels, killing at least(...)

In a time when DVDs are more likely to be gathering dust in your living room than being used, there’s one subgenre of discs that often survives a cul(...)

Patrick Freyne and his wife and cowriter, Anna Carey. “Do not tell people that this was originally a song about our cat,” Anna says. “They’ll think we’re creepy and mad”

[Listen to all the entrants in the Christmas FM Festive song competition and vote for your favourite here] In July my colleague Ronan McGreevy sugg(...)

Hunter Park in an undated booking photograph provided by Boone County Sheriff’s Department in Missouri. Photograph: Boone County Sheriff’s Department/Reuters

Police arrested a 19-year-old white man on Wednesday on suspicion of making threats on social media to shoot black people at the University of Missour(...)

In what’s been a closely guarded family secret, the late Walmart heir John Walton gave half of his then-$17 billion estimated fortune to charitable trusts and a third to their only child, Lukas Walton, now 29, an analysis of court documents reveals. His wife Christy got the rest.

Ever since Walmart heir John T Walton died 10 years ago in a plane crash, it has been widely assumed that he passed the bulk of his vast estate to (...)

Building materials group CRH tracked industry rivals to close 1.3 per cent down at €23.09. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

European shares closed higher, as firmer utility stocks and gains on the Lisbon bourse before weekend elections in Portugal propped up markets in spi(...)