Megan Huntsman is shown in a photograph provided by the Pleasant Grove County Jail in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Photograph: Pleasant Grove County Jail/Handout via Reuters

A Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the (...)

Lawsuits against internet companies and social networks are multiplying as use of the web balloons. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Facebook is being sued in the US over claims it systematically intercepts its users private messages on the social network and profits by sharing the (...)

Big data: in his advice to the European Court of Justice, its advocate general, Pedro Cruz Villalón, noted the broad but potentially revealing nature of metadata.

What would the end of the current European Data Retention Directive (DRD) mean for business?Plenty, if the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decides to (...)

Peer Steinbrueck: both he and his Social Democratic Party have been particularly vocal critics of Ireland’s tax laws. Photograph:  Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

German politician Peer Steinbrück – one of the fiercest critics of Ireland’s tax regime – used Irish letter box companies when finance minister to (...)

This photo from 1925 and provided by Kunstsammlungen Zwickau museum shows art historian Hildebrand Gurlitt,  who was the first director of the museum, and who left the artworks to his son Cornelius Gurlitt.

Germany is facing pressure to overhaul how it deals with the legacy of Nazi-era art seizures as a legal quagmire involving competing claims to a massi(...)

US law enforcement authorities have shut down Silk Road, an anonymous internet marketplace for illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

US law enforcement authorities have shut down Silk Road, an anonymous internet marketplace for illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine, and criminal (...)

An undated photograph of former mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, who has been found guilty of a racketeering conspiracy by a federal court jury in the US. Photograph: Reuters

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the Irish-American who was once the most feared mobster in Boston, was found guilty by a jury today of murder and racketeering(...)

Seán Dunne blamed Ulster Bank for forcing his hand and making him file for bankruptcy in the US, telling  The Irish Times that the bank was involved in “pure oppression and persecution”. Photograph: Frank Miller

Seán Dunne’s adjudication as a bankrupt in Ireland marks the culmination in a five-month legal effort by one of his biggest lenders, Ulster Bank.The c(...)

Civil rights leaders stepped up plans for vigils and rallies in 100 US cities to press the government to bring charges against the former-neighbourhoo(...)

Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer:  asked New Yorkers for forgiveness and a second chance over the prostitution scandal that forced him into the political wilderness for more than five years. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer has become the latest former politician to seek a comeback following scandal by announcing that he plans to run(...)

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