Members of the media listen to the witnesses following the execution of Kelly Gissendaner at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Photograph: Tami Chappell/Reuters 1:15

Georgia executed the only woman on its death row on Wednesday, hours after the State Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected her final plea for clemency(...)

Albert Manifold, chief executive of CRH, at the company’s agm in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Photograph: Jason Clarke

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold is hopeful Holcim shareholders will pave the way for the Irish group to complete a €6 billion deal by voting to me(...)

Tina Turner has lived in Switzerland for nearly two decades and gave up her US citizenship in 2013. 2:03

Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in (...)

Police outside the  Supreme Federal Court in Brasília, Brazil. Photograph Tom Hennigan/The Irish Times

Brazil’s supreme court has voted to allow the extradition of fugitive solicitor Michael Lynn back to Ireland. Marco Aurélio, the justice assigned to s(...)

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(...)

Suzanne Margaret Basso was convicted along with other co-defendants of kidnapping and beating a mentally impaired man to death with baseball bats to collect money from an insurance policy they took out on him. Her execution made her the 14th woman executed in the US since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed capital punishment to resume.  Photograph: Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Handout/Reuters

A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was put to death last night after a la(...)

The Apple iPhone 4. Despite a leak which allowed the design of the prototype to be seen on the web, Apple was still able to secure a patent. Things are different now. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

On March 18th, 2010, an Apple engineer left what looked like an iPhone 3 in a German beer garden in Redwood, California. Another patron later picked i(...)

Baking bread at the turn of the 20th century in New York. photograph: buyenlarge/getty images

What is your favourite case?My favourite case is the landmark US Supreme Court case of Lochner v New York (1905), where a state law restricting the ho(...)