The state flag of Mississippi, which incorporates the   Confederate flag , is displayed with the flags of the other 49 states and territories in the tunnel connecting the senate office building and the US Congress. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Confederate flag has meant different things to different people over the years in the United States. It is far more than just a diagonal blue cros(...)

Dallas police officers during a standoff with a gunman who attacked the police headquarters on June 13th. Photograph: Ralph Lauder/EPA

On the same day this month that a gunman opened fire at the Dallas police headquarters, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed the “Texas House Bill 910”,(...)

 Democratic presidential candidate and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters on Tuesday  at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri. Photograph:  Whitney Curtis/Getty Images. 1:40

As politicians across the southern US spoke out against the Confederate battle flag and the nation’s largest retailers pulled items with its image (...)

The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed  in Columbia, South Carolina. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images 1:40

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday called on politicians to take down the Confederate battle flag at the state capitol grounds, a week aft(...)

Jake Lloyd in a booking photo provided by Colleton County Sheriff’s Office in Walterboro, South Carolina, June 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Colleton County Sheriff’s Office/Reuters

A former child actor who most notably played a young Anakin Skywalker in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, was arrested in South Caroli(...)

A woman mourns at the memorial site outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: John Taggart, EPA

A historic black church in Charleston will hold its first service since nine members of its congregation were shot dead during a Bible study session. (...)

Dylann Roof is flanked by police as he appears via video during a bond hearing on nine counts of murder as well as possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, in Charleston. A growing number of officials are calling for the death penalty. (The New York Times)

In an emotional confrontation in Charleston, relatives of people killed in a shooting at a church there directly addressed the suspect in court yester(...)

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof (21) into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof  is accused of killing nine people at a Bible-study meeting in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: Jason Miczek/Reuters. 0:56

In the hours after the Charleston shooting, a portrait began to take shape of suspect Dylann Roof as someone with racist views and at least two recent(...)

Police lead suspected gunman Dylann Roof into a courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, on June 18th, 2015. Mr Roof, a 21-year-old, is accused of killing nine people at a Bible-study meeting in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, in an attack US officials are investigating as a hate crime. Photograph: Jason Miczek/Reuters 0:57

A man accused of killing nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested on Thursday, said US officials,(...)

Michael Slager, who was fired from his job after video emerged of Walter Scott being shot in the back, could face between 30 years and life if convicted of murder. Photograph: Reuters/Charleston County Sheriff’s Office

A grand jury on Monday indicted a former police officer on a murder charge for the shooting death of a black man in North Charleston, South Carolina, (...)