A Chicago police officer wraps up police tape at the  scene where seven-year-old Amari Brown was shot and killed while watching an Independence Day fireworks display. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

Chicago suffered a weekend of serious gun violence as nine people were killed, including a seven-year-old boy, and at least 46 were injured in shootin(...)

 Donald Trump  as he announces his candidacy for the US presidency:  his comments about Mexicans   have made him stand out in a crowded field of Republican candidates. Photograph:  Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

It’s hard to say what’s more shocking: the outrageous remarks property magnate Donald Trump has made since he announced his presidential candidacy or (...)

FBI agents search for convicted murderer David Sweat near Duane, New York. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

One of America’s most dramatic manhunts ended on Sunday after the remaining fugitive from the June 6th prison break at the Clinton Correctional Faci(...)

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(...)

The families of four of the Irish students killed in Berkeley who are arriving into Dublin on Sunday praised the students in the apartment on the nigh(...)

Mourners arrive at a vigil for four Irish students who died when a Berkeley apartment balcony collapsed on Friday, June 19, 2015, in Oakland California. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP

Family and friends of six Irish students killed in Tuesday’s balcony collapse in Berkeley, California, are gathering for the joint funeral of Ashley D(...)

The bodies of the first four students to be returned to Ireland will be on the Aer Lingus flight from San Francisco leaving at 5.20pm today. Photograph:  Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

The bodies of the Irish students killed in the balcony collapse in California on Tuesday will start arriving in Ireland on Sunday morning. The bodies (...)

Men place candles at a memorial during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in California. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Another day, another emotional period for the families of the Irish students who died in Tuesday’s accident in Berkeley as they make final preparation(...)

Mr Deenihan was accompanied by the parents of three of the students who died on Tuesday - Marie and Gerry Culligan, parents of Eoghan (21), Jim and Patricia Walsh, parents of Eimear (21), and Kenneth and Sinead Miller, parents of Lorcán (21). Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times 3:04

The six Irish students who died in the balcony collapse in California on Tuesday have “become the children of Ireland, ” Minister of State for the Dia(...)

Philip Grant, Consul General of Ireland to the Western United States (L) helps Neil Sands, President of the Irish Network Bay Area, lay an Irish flag atop two wreaths at the scene of a 4th-story apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, California, on Tuesday. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters 0:58

The memorial grew in size as last night wore on. Some mementos left at the scene clearly had a personal significance to the six Irish students killed (...)