The board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority have banned  all ‘issue-oriented’ advertising after being asked to run a subway ad featuring a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. Photograph: Getty Images

The Washington transit system has suspended all “issue-oriented” advertising after being asked to run a subway ad featuring a cartoon depiction of the(...)

Kamasi Washington’s new album certainly lives up to the billing. A 32-piece orchestra, 20-strong choir and 10-band members producing a 172-min(...)

Iraq’s Shi’ite paramilitaries and members of Iraqi security forces hold an Islamist State flag which they pulled down in Nibai, in Anbar province, today. Photograph: Reuters

Iraq’s Shia paramilitaries say they have taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operati(...)

A Chinese military helicopter flies off the deck of Singapore’s navy missile frigate during a joint exercise by the Singaporean and Chinese navies in the South China Sea yesterday. Photograph: Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via AP

Amid ongoing regional tensions in the South China Sea, China’s cabinet, the State Council, has issued a policy document which expands the role of i(...)

Displaced Sunni people fleeing the violence in Ramadi on the outskirts of Baghdad. Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing IS militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Rival powers and allies have traded barbs and accusations over the recent successes of Islamic State, a week after the militant group seized Ramadi (...)

An Uber car in New York: an article in Business Insider advised giving an extra cash tip  if you want a five-star rating. Photograph: Sam Hodgson /The New York Times

On a reporting expedition to Los Angeles recently, I realised I could stop renting cars. I would never again have to brave the LA freeway behind the w(...)

An image of Oscar Romero looks down on his beatification ceremony  in San Salvador. More than 250,000 people gathered in the capital for the occasion.  Photograph: Rodrigo Sura/EPA

Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on Saturday, the final step before sainthood, 35 years after he was shot at the altar by a right-wing(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone: Confessed herself “emotional from the top all the way down to my toes”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former nun Ann Louise Gilligan accepted an impromptu wedding proposal from her partner Senator Katherine Zappone after she popped the question during (...)

Caitlin Vennard and Cormac McGrady at Yosemite National Park in California in 2012. McGrady is now unable to visit his American wife’s family in the US because he is banned from the country.

What started for Caitlin Vennard and her husband Cormac McGrady as late-night fun on a beach holiday ended with his deportation from the US, after thr(...)

Qualtrics chief executive Ryan Smith with Taoiseach Enda Kenny: the tech firm has leased a building close to St Stephen’s Green and it has more space than it needs to accommodate the planned 250-strong workforce. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

US-based Qualtrics started out as a family business when it was founded in 2002, but more than a decade later it has grown into an international compa(...)