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Virginia governor-elect Ralph Northam (centre) celebrates with lieutenant governor-elect Justin Fairfax and attorney general Mark Herring at Mr Northam’s election night rally in Fairfax, Virginia, in November 2017. All three men are fighting for their political lives. Photograph:  Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

The political crisis in Virginia deepened on Wednesday when the attorney general admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s at a college party, becomi(...)

Pedestrians bundle up in sub-freezing temperatures on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday. Photograph:  Nati Harnik/PA

A wave of Arctic air that paralysed the US Midwest and caused at least a dozen deaths swept across the country’s Northeast on Thursday but was expect(...)

The Chicago  skyline as seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan, as  the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States. Photograph: Pinar Istek/Reuters

The cold front bringing its icy grip to parts of the US and Canada is a result of a weather condition called a polar vortex. It might seem counter-in(...)

 Actor Kevin Spacey leaves Nantucket District Court after being arraigned on indecent assault charges. Photograph: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

At a minutes-long arraignment on the ritzy Massachusetts island of Nantucket on Monday, Kevin Spacey did not seem to utter a word as he appeared befo(...)

  Kevin Spacey in a video he released, shortly after he was charged, in which in he takes the persona   of his character Frank Underwood in the popular Netflix TV series House of Cards. Photograph:   YouTube

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been charged in connection with an allegation that he sexually abused an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket, Massach(...)

US actor Kevin Spacey was charged with sexual assault in the US state of Massachusetts. Photograph: Arno Burgi/EPA

Actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with sexual assault in the US. The 59-year-old Academy Award winner is alleged to have assaulted a teenager at a (...)

 Van Morrison during a 2012 concert in Marlay Park. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Van Morrison has said he thinks he is a musical genius but believes that label brings its own problems. In an interview on RTÉ Radio 1, presenter Mi(...)

As investors flocked to the safety of government bonds, the 10-year US Treasuries yield fell below its May 29th low. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Asian shares slid on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve raised rates, as expected, and kept most of its guidance for additional hikes next two year(...)

Veteran republican Ivor Bell. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A man charged over the murder of Jean McConville from Belfast more than 40 years ago is unfit to stand criminal trial, a judge ruled. Criminal procee(...)

“Not an hour went by without some kind of disruption. It’s a terrible way to start recovery.” Photograph: iStock

If part of a hospital stay is to recover from a procedure or illness, why is it so hard to get any rest? There is more noise and light than is conduc(...)

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