Michaella McCollum Connolly (left) and Melissa Reid attend court at the Justice Court of Callao, Peru, on  August 21st, 2013. File photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Drug mule Michaella McCollum Connolly could serve a shorter jail sentence if she is repatriated to Northern Ireland, it has been revealed.The Co Tyron(...)

Dr Eamon Martin  at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has accused Stormont’s Minister for Justice of trying to exclude anti-abortion arguments from a consultati(...)

 Maryland governor Martin O’Malley (left) with president Barack Obama. Mr O’Malley has cancelled death sentences for four prisoners. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.

A US governor has cancelled the death sentences of the last four inmates awaiting execution, almost two years after the state became the 18th to do a(...)

US president Barack Obama  is unlikely to heed external calls for CIA torturers to be held to account and prosecuted.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The firestorm sparked by the US Senate report into brutal CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects during the George W Bush era and claims that the agency lie(...)

US president Barack Obama, seen through a teleprompter,  at the White House in Washington yesterday, where he announced new actions to invest in and expand access to high-quality early learning opportunities across the country. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Simon CarswellWashington CorrespondentThe firestorm sparked by the US Senate report into brutal CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects during the George W B(...)

Many aspects of the dormant piece of surveillance legislation  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald quietly signed into law two weeks ago are alarming.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“We could have secret prosecutions over secret interpretations of secret laws.” That’s how TJ McIntyre, of University College Dublin’s school of law a(...)

National Guard and police guard the Walmart on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri on November 27th, 2014. Photograph: Ruth Fremson/New York Times

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri are targeting Black Friday sales and major US retailers with peaceful demonstrations.The latest tactic comes followin(...)

Protestors chanted as members of the Missouri National Guard defended police headquarters in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday night. Hundreds of protesters returned to the streets  to demonstrate over  a controversial verdict in the case of Michael Brown (18) being shot by police officer Darren Wilson. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA.

The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, were mostly quiet on Wednesday after two previous nights of racially charged unrest following a US grand jury deci(...)

Policemen extinguish a fire burning a police vehicle near the Ferguson City Hall, in Ferguson, Missouri. Photograph: Alexey Furman/EPA. 1:06

The police officer involved in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has said he has a clean conscience over the incident. Darr(...)

Demonstrators march through the streets of Ferguson, Missouri on November 24th, 2014. Photograph: Jason Redmond/Reuters 1:52

The St Louis area braced for another day of protests on Tuesday after a grand jury cleared a white police officer in the fatal August shooting of an u(...)