Police arresting a demonstrator protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 19th, 2014,  in Ferguson, Missouri, US. File photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have routinely violated the constitutional rights of the city’s black residents, the US Justice Department has (...)

The proposed whistleblower incentive  follows controversies over defective General Motors ignition switches and Takata air bag inflators.

A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a US Senate panel on T(...)

Marchers carry posters of Antonio Zambrano-Montes during a protest over his killing in Washington State. Photograph: Rajah Bose/The New York Times

Police officers who fatally shot a Mexican farm worker in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks fired 17 shots at the man, striking him fiv(...)

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(...)