Former Korean Air Lines executive Heather Cho covers her face as she is surround by reporters when she is released at a courthouse in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Park Dong-Ju/Yonhap/Reuters

Former Korean Air Lines executive Heather Cho has walked free after nearly five months in prison after an appeals court suspended the sentence she was(...)

Secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents leaked in 2013 to journalists by contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the agency was collecting phone records and digital communications of millions of citizens. Photograph: Reuters

The mass collection of phone records belonging to ordinary Americans under the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance dragnet is illegal, a US f(...)

Rescuers and police help an injured person at  the Justice Palace in Milan, Italy, after a man opened fire in a courtroom.   Photograph:  Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA 1:11

A defendant in a bankruptcy proceeding in Milan’s main courthouse has shot and killed three people connected to his case, police say.Claudio Giardiell(...)

Amanda Knox has been acquitted of murder by a top Italian court. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters 1:42

An Italian court has overturned the conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. The decision (...)

New York immigrant families gather in Manhattan to reject a court order freezing President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms. Photograph: Mariano Andrade/AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration will by Monday ask an appeals court for a temporary ruling lifting a Texas judge’s order halting the president’s orders to pr(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, vividly recalls the early morning telephone call from then minister for finance Brian Lenihan informing her that the government had decided overnight to guarantee the Irish banks. Photograph:  Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com 3:13

Christine Lagarde offered me a date. No, this isn’t a reference to the interview the International Monetary Fund managing director has given. She is s(...)

Charles Warner is seen in an undated picture from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Photograph: Oklahoma Department of Corrections/Reuters

With a renovated death chamber, new training and a higher dose of drugs, Oklahoma on Thursday carried out its first execution since April, when the sl(...)

 Google:  reached a new settlement with Apple over claims they and other Silicon Valley companies conspired to not hire from each other. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Apple and Google reached a new settlement over claims they and other Silicon Valley companies conspired to not hire from each other after a judge conc(...)

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella: the company has argued that access to the certain data requires a petition to an Irish District Court. Photograph: Stephen Brashear/Getty

Microsoft’s rivals and other US technology companies have supported the software giant in a legal bid to stop the US government obtaining customer in(...)

Jody May-Chang greets a friend as couples gather at the Ada County Courthouse in Idaho to apply for same-sex marriage licences, moments before the ruling. Photograph: Patrick Sweeney/Reuters

The US supreme court has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling on same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada that would have allowed gay couple(...)