Several US states have had to search for new drugs for their lethal injection cocktails after many pharmaceutical companies, mostly in Europe, imposed sales bans about four years ago because they objected to having medications made for other purposes being used in executions.  Photograph: Federal Bureau of Prisons/Reuters

Lawmakers in Utah voted on Tuesday to bring back executions by firing squad if lethal injections are unavailable, which would make it the only state i(...)

Gay rights advocate Vin Testa in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP

Gabriela Polanco says her 14-month-old daughter Alexandra Noemi is running around, eating with a fork and drinking out of “a big-girl cup”.Two years a(...)

Charles Warner is seen in an undated picture from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Photograph: Oklahoma Department of Corrections/Reuters

With a renovated death chamber, new training and a higher dose of drugs, Oklahoma on Thursday carried out its first execution since April, when the sl(...)

Jennifer Villaranda, Myra Calderon and Laylanie Laporga: awarded €80,000 each by the Employment Appeals Tribunal

Three Filipina women, Jennifer Villaranda, Myra Calderon and Laylanie Laporga, were recently awarded €80,000 each by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (...)

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman: was sharply critical. Photograph: Eric Luke

If good fences make good neighbours Mr Justice Hardiman was at his neighbourly best speaking at a conference on judges, politics and the Irish Constit(...)

The Federal Reserve’s policies have also benefited the relatively well off; it is trying to raise the prices of assets which are overwhelmingly owned by the rich

When should growing inequality concern us? This is a moral and political question. It is also an economic one. It is increasingly recognised that, bey(...)

Mary-Claire King has argued that all young women should be screened for the known breast-cancer risk mutations

You probably don’t recognise the name Mary-Claire King, but I’m willing to bet you know this extraordinary woman’s work. King, a professor at the U(...)

Henry McCollum (L) and his brother, Leon Brown, were teenagers when they were arrested for the 1983 rape and killing of Sabrina Buie. The two North Carolina men were declared innocent and ordered freed yesterday. Photograph: North Carolina Department of Public Safety/Handout via Reuters/Reuters

Thirty years after their convictions in the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in rural North Carolina, based on confessions that they quickly rep(...)

Argentina’s default

When Argentina defaulted on its debt last month, it was the eighth time in its history – averaging every 25 years since independence. Its latest diffi(...)

Microsoft, Grange Castle, in Dublin. Last week a judge ordered that Microsoft must turn over a customer’s emails that are stored. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The anonymous building on the outskirts of a sprawling industrial estate near Clondalkin may seem ordinary enough.But what lies inside is at the centr(...)