US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter presents the Airman’s Medal to Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone for his role in disarming a gunman on a Paris-bound train during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

France train attack hero Spencer Stone was repeatedly stabbed in Sacramento, California and is in stable condition, media reports said on Thursday. Mr(...)

An Israeli Disaster Victim Identification team cleans up the scene where a stabbing attack took place in central Jerusalem, Israel, October 8th, 2015. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli troops have shot and killed an Arab who stabbed four Israelis with a screwdriver. The incidents occurred amid new Israeli-Palestinian violence(...)

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 263,000 for the week ended October 3rd. Photographer: David Ryder/Bloomberg

The number of Americans filing new applications for jobless benefits fell more than expected to near a 42-year low last week, pointing to ongoing tigh(...)

Dell may be about to bid for EMC, sources have claimed. Photograph: Bazuki Muhammad/Files/Reuters

Technology firm Dell is in talks to buy data storage company EMC, a person familiar with the matter said, in what could be one of the biggest technol(...)

Tribesmen loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed government inspect alleged Houthi tanks destroyed during an offensive against Houthi positions in Marib province, Yemen, October 7th, 2015. Photograph: EPA

Three brothers were among at least 13 people killed in a rocket attack that hit their wedding party in a village in southwestern Yemen on Thursday tha(...)

 Thomas “Slab’” Murphy: has pleaded not guilty to tax offences. Photograph: Collins Courts

The trial of prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy for alleged tax evasion at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin has heard he “had access to sig(...)

Michelle Morrison, wife of singer Van Morrison, outside the High Court in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

An architect who represented Van Morrison and his wife Michelle during negotiations over the redevelopment of their neighbours’ Dalkey home has said t(...)

Confederation of African Football (CAF) President and FIFA Senior Vice-President Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou will take over from Sepp Blatter as acting president. Photograph: Getty Images

Fifa Issa Hayatou will serve as acting president of Fifa, the world governing body has announced. Fifa said on Thursday morning that Sepp Blatter had (...)

US Republican candidate Dr Ben Carson described as ’terrific’ by Rupert Murdoch. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has apologised after he suggested US president Barack Obama was not a ‘real black president’. In a tweet praising Republica(...)

Basketball Ireland National League Season Launch and Hula Hoops National Cup Draw, at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Portlaoise Panthers play their first ever game of top flight basketball when they host Maxol WIT Wildcats in the Basketball Ireland Women’s Premier Le(...)