Rioters on West North Avenue in Baltimore. Shops were looted in northwest Baltimore and police were attacked with rocks  hours after Freddie Gray, who has become the nation’s latest symbol of police brutality, was laid to rest. Photograph: Matt Roth/The New York Times 1:26

US president Barack Obama has called on police departments across the country to do some “soul searching” on how they handle black suspects after race(...)

Possible presidential candidate Martin O’Malley: the presidency is “not some crown to be passed between two families”. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The message from Democrats in South Carolina, delivered with that soft southern twang, is this: assume victory here at your peril.It’s 19 months out f(...)

Former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland Martin O Malley, who is speaking at a number of engagements in Ireland today and tomorrow. Photograph: David Sleator

Irish-American politician Martin O’Malley, an expected contender for the Democratic party’s 2016 presidential nomination, has said he believes the Iri(...)

 Archaeologist Howard Carter opening the coffin of Tutankhamen which he discovered in 1922: when a museum worker broke his beard moving the mask, a conservationist simply stuck it back on. Photograph: Time Life Pictures/Mansell/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Earlier this year there were reports of a botched conservation job to one of the world’s most famous artefacts of the ancient world, the magnificent g(...)

The Edward M Kennedy Institute opens on March 30th on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston, dedicated to the late US senator Edward Kennedy, pictured here (front) with Al Gore in 2000. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan paid tribute to late US senator Edward Kennedy at a event in Boston last night ahead of today’s official(...)

A view of Palermo. “Cimarosa officially became the black sheep of the family last month when he publicly denounced Cosa Nostra. He did so, too, on a national stage, speaking in Palermo to the Sicilian ‘Leopolda’, a sort of Democratic Party brains trust”. Photograph: Getty Images

As reporters in Italy, we have all long since learned to understand the term, “Mafia victim”. Usually, we are talking about those brave local politici(...)

An ancient statue of a winged bull with a human face at the archaeological site of Nimrud. According to the Iraqi government, IS militants bulldozed the site on Thursday. Photograph: Getty Images

Islamic State militants have destroyed ancient remains of the 2,000-year-old city of Hatra in northern Iraq, the tourism and antiquities ministry said(...)

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (C) during his speech to US Congress. Mr Netanyahu used his speech to warn the US government against a nuclear deal with Iran. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has warned the US against agreeing to a nuclear deal with Iran and working with a country “deeply rooted in (...)

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (R) shakes hand with his Spanish counterpart  Luis De Guindos   during an extraordinary euro zone finance ministers meeting (Eurogroup) to discuss Athens’  bailout. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters.

Greece and the Eurogroup of finance ministers have reached deal in principle to extend the country’s bailout by four months. The agreement remo(...)

Police officers block people protesting over news that Nigeria has postponed its presidential election on security grounds and fears over Boko Haram violence.  Photograph: AFP/Getty

Nigeria’s decision to postpone elections for six weeks because of spreading attacks by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the northeast is a “s(...)