Former US marine Eddie Ray Routh has been convicted of murdering former US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who was credited with the most kills of any US sniper, and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield in 2013. Photograph: LM Otero/Pool/Reuters 0:48

Eddie Ray Routh, the mentally disturbed US army veteran who killed Chris Kyle, the former marksman who inspired the movie American Sniper, has been s(...)

An aerial view shows the scene of a double-decker Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, California. Photograph: Reuters

A commuter train slammed into a tractor-trailer that was on the tracks early on Tuesday and derailed at a crossing in Oxnard, California, about 60 mil(...)

Oscar winners (left to right): Best Actor in a Supporting Role JK Simmons, Best Actress in a Supporting Role Patricia Arquette, Actress in a Leading Role Julianne Moore and Actor in a Leading Role Eddie Redmayne, in the press room of the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire 2:50

Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), a dizzying tale of Broadway composed as if shot in one continuous take, has wo(...)

Notable minority exclusions at this year’s Oscars include British actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay of Martin Luther King Jr biopic Selma, which earned a best picture nomination.  Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Civil rights groups are calling for a boycott of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles to demand more diversity among Academy Awards voters after no(...)

Tomm Moore, who is in Los Angeles for this weekend’s Oscar ceremony, said his greatest ambition for his nominated film The Song of the Sea is that Irish people will go and see it.  Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Oscar-nominated director Tomm Moore has said Irish people have a “post-colonial” attitude to going to the cinema to see Irish films. Moore, who is in (...)

Tim Duggan and Aoife Flanagan: ‘I proposed to her on a park bench in Manhattan on my knees in my running gear.’ Photograph: Trevor Hart
The look of love

Tim Duggan and Aoife Flanagan Tim, 33, entrepreneur We met through a close friend and at first she refused to meet up with me for a dr(...)

Shane Lowry finished in seventh place in his first tournament of the season – the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South in La Jolla, California. Photo: Josh Hedges/Getty

It’s great to be back on the road again, even if the feel-good factor of a seventh place finish in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines didn’t l(...)

Amy Pascal: departure as co-chairwoman of Sony Pictures Entertainment  comes in fallout from last year’s cyber attack. Photograph: Jamie Rector/The New York Times

Hollywood executive Amy Pascal is resigning as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment for a new role at the studio in the wake of an embarrassi(...)

The fuselage of a TransAsia Airways passenger plane being lifted out of the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan, 4th February 2015. Photograph: EPA/Military News Agency/Handout 0:39

Rescuers used a crane to hoist a TransAsia Airways plane from a river in Taiwan’s capital as they searched for 18 people missing after a crash that ki(...)

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators stand near the scene where a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash reportedly involving rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight in Compton, California. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters.

Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested for murder on Friday in connection with a hit-and-run incident that killed one person near Los Angeles, th(...)