US folk musician Richie Havens reprises his 1969 performance of Freedom at the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York, in  2009. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

US folk musician Richie Havens, who opened the historic 1969 Woodstock musical festival and energised the crowd with his version of Motherless Chil(...)

Climate change is a worthy issue which most of us feel we should be deeply concerned about - but not just yet. In the cosy Western World,(...)

Members of the “Gang of Eight” drawing up the legislation are led by Democrat Chuck Schumer (centre) and Republican John McCain. (left). Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in the US could be excluded from becoming US citizens under proposals being worked(...)

Barack Obama at the University of Hartford in Connecticut: “Now’s the time to get engaged. Now’s the time to get involved. Now’s the time to push back on fear and frustration and misinformation. Now’s the time for everybody to make their voices heard.” Photograph: Reuters/Jason Reed heard.”

As US president Barack Obama made an emotional public appeal for political support on tighter gun controls in a speech on Monday evening in Con(...)

Sean Dunne said he had liabilities of €384 million

The National Asset Management Agency has asked a US court to be notified of any filings or developments in the bankrupt(...)

A cold shiver of dread must have travelled down the spine of many a sports agent in the past 24 hours with the news that Jay Z, or Mr Beyonce K(...)

Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice has been fired after video of his practice sessions were released. Photograph:  Bill Kostroun/Reuters

An American university has fired its men’s basketball coach a day after a video surfaced showing him berating his players during practices, thr(...)

While the federal ban on online gambling remains, there is nothing to stop individual states legalising the activity, once it remains within their own borders and does not cross the line into other US states.

Yesterday’s Financial Times reported that the US states that are legalising online gambling(...)

Father-and-daughter trainers: Richie and Joanna Clifford on Reality Bites, on RTÉ Two, a series whose lateral approach can generate unexpected results

I like this year’s series of Reality Bites, and not just because each slice-of-Irish-life documentary is well made but also because they are pl(...)

Once upon a time, crisps came in salt and vinegar or cheese and onion flavours. Supermarket shoppers in Britain can now enjoy a limited edition sha(...)