‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay: ‘This is art; this is a movie; this is a film. I’m not a historian. I’m not a documentarian.’ Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

I went on Friday morning to see Selma and found myself watching it in a cinema full of black teenagers. Thanks to donations, DC public school kids (...)

The US Supreme Court is to decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry under the country’s constitution.   Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the US Supreme Court  in 2013.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The US Supreme Court is to decide whether or not same-sex couples have a right to marry under the country’s constitution, setting up a potentially hi(...)

From left: Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott look on as Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King III, shakes hands with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

When Martin Luther King dreamt, he wished for a world of equality where the content of one’s character would trump the colour of one’s skin. An ugly s(...)

Henry Allen jnr (left), president of the Colorado Springs NAACP, shows  James Simmons the spot where an improvised bomb exploded on Tuesday outside the group’s offices. Photograph: Matthew Staver/ New York Times

US law enforcement officials are investigating whether the fire-bombing of the offices of a civil rights group, the National Association for the Adva(...)

Aftermath of a 2013 storm in the US which spawned more than 80 tornadoes across the United States and killed 35 people. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Tornadoes unleashed by thunderstorms along the US Gulf Coast ripped through southeastern Mississippi on Tuesday, killing four people, injuring many an(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looking at a computer screen  with soldiers. A cyber attack on Sony Pictures was followed by physical threats against cinemas set to show ‘The Interview’, in which  Mr Jong Un is the target of an assassination plot. Photograph: EPA/KCNA 1:18

Controversial comedy The Interview will be released on Christmas Day, reversing an earlier move by Sony to pull the film following a massive hack of t(...)

 Ireland’s Simon Zebo goes over for a tryagainst Australia in Dublin in November. Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho

“You don’t have to be perfect. Your attitude and mental resolve have to be perfect. It’s very hard to play a perfect game of rugby but you have to st(...)

Francois Hillebrand is met by his daughter Gurnica on his return home from South Africa today at Dublin Airport. Photograph:Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:23

At the arrivals lounge in Dublin Airport, Declan Carroll waits anxiously for his wife Orla as she makes the long journey from the tarmac, through cust(...)

Ismaaiyl Brinsley (28) is seen in an undated picture provided by the New York Police Department on December 21, 2014. 1:32

The gunman who murdered two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred of police and the government and an (...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton:  resigned to being out of action until at least February 14th, the day Ireland play France at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will have to begin the defence of their Six Nations crown against Italy without Johnny Sexton, who is resigned to being out of action until F(...)