People enjoy the music during a Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary event at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photograph: Getty

From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Super Dome, New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina(...)

A composite image from September 2005 (left) showing part of the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans flooded by Hurricane Katrina and the same area a decade later.   Before Katrina, the Lower Ninth Ward was a working-class and predominantly African-American neighborhood just outside the city’s historic center. Photograph: AP 1:16

President Barack Obama on Thursday heralded the progress New Orleans has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but sa(...)

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell: explained that the Irish, British and US governments agreed in 2005 the survival of an ‘unarmed and withering husk’ of an IRA was vital for the good of the process. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

In The Irish Times on Wednesday, former minister for justice Michael McDowell gave a clue as to why things have now gone so badly wrong in the Norther(...)

Mitchell Reiss: removing the major weapons was “a very important political symbol that the war was over”

A former US envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process, Mitchell Reiss, said he never expected IRA decommissioning to eliminate every last weapon but(...)

US  presidential candidate Donald Trump at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York on Monday, where he appeared for jurty duty. Trump’s  hard line on immigration has driven rivals to match his biting anti-immigrant language. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Republicans thought they had learned a lesson after 2012: Turning off Latino voters ensures defeat in the general election. But as the disruptive US p(...)

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says the retirement age should be pushed back to “68 or 70”. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

Something strange is happening in the Republican primary – something strange, that is, besides the Trump phenomenon. For some reason just about all th(...)

 A dinghy overcrowded with Syrian migrants approaches a beach on the Greek island of Kos this week after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey to Greece. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

The appalling realities of mass migration from Syria’s civil war have been highlighted in images from Kos, where thousands of refugees are now arrivin(...)

Jeb Bush has declined to rule out the US resuming the use of torture – with the Republican presidential hopeful saying brutal questioning methods might be justifiable. Photograph: Bloomberg

Jeb Bush has declined to rule out the US resuming the use of torture – with the Republican presidential hopeful saying brutal questioning methods migh(...)

Jeb Bush at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Photograph: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has attacked Democrat Hillary Clinton for her handling of Iraq as secretary of state, saying she must share(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)