“In the US, philanthropy – which literally means ‘love of mankind’ – is seen as a way of participating directly in solving society’s ills and needs.” Photograph: Getty

Put simply, philanthropy is the application of private resources to the public good. Yet in Ireland philanthropy is often misunderstood or treated wit(...)

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell: wanted the Patriot Act’s bulk collection to be extended for another five years Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

So what spying powers has the US lost? The National Security Agency’s legal authority to collect the phone records of millions of Americans, part of t(...)

Farhiyo Mohamed, stepsister of Abdirahman Yasin Daud; Farhiyo Mohamed, mother of Mohamed Farah; Imam Hassan Mohamud; and Sadik Warfa, deputy director of the Global Somali Diaspora, at a press conference at the Islamic Da’wah Institute in St Paul. Daud and Farah, Somali men from Minnesota, are among six men charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight for Islamic State militants. Photograph: Simon Carswell

The Minneapolis court is packed with members of the local Somali community here to support one of their own, Abdirahman Yasin Daud (21). His lawyer wa(...)

A frame grab from an undated video reportedly shows Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden watching TV at his compound in Pakistan. Newly-released documents show bin Laden owned books by Noam Chomsky and Bob Woodward, among others. Photograph: US Department of Defence/AFP/Getty Images

The US government has released a list of English-language texts seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011 showing the al-Qaeda leader(...)

The US Embassy has claimed diplomatic immunity in an unfair dismissal case before the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

The US Embassy has claimed diplomatic immunity in an unfair dismissal case before the Employment Appeals Tribunal. The tribunal is hearing a case in w(...)

Alibaba worked with 40 brands including Nike and Adidas last year to remove fake athletic shoes, watches and bags on the company’s largest retail platform Taobao Marketplace

Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce operator, rejected claims in a lawsuit by Kering that it facilitates the sale of counterfeit merchandise. Kering (...)

Transport nightmare: Sensors that form an integral part of traffic lights could be hacked. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Can an aircraft be hacked through its passenger wifi system? Or could chaos and fatalities result from hackers targeting “smart” traffic light systems(...)

Workers sort fish at a wholesale market for fish and other seafood in Mahachai, in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Amid reports about slavery and unlawful fishing in the industry, the European Union has threatened to ban imports of seafood from Thailand because, of(...)

US president Barack Obama delivers a statpment in  White House in  on Thursday in which he apologised for a counterterrorism operation in January that accidentally killed two aid workers held hostage by al Qaeda. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president Barack Obama expressed his “deepest apologies” on behalf of his government over the killing of two aid workers, an American and an Itali(...)

The case of US geologist Xue Feng, detained in China for seven years for allegedly illegally procuring state secrets, has been cited by human rights groups as an example of the vagaries of the Chinese legal and secuirty systems. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters.

An American geologist who was imprisoned for more than seven years on a vague charge of “illegally procuring state secrets” has arrived home to Hou(...)