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John FitzPatrick and Moira Appicellii. Photograph: Hilary Swift/The New York Times

When Paige Anderson was 20 years old, she made a pact with her best friend, Grant Lowe: If the two remained single by age 30, they would get married. (...)

A New Zealand historian argues the rebels did attack Trinity College, Dublin, but were repulsed by colonial troops including five from his native country. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Historians of the Easter Rising have often puzzled as to why the rebels did not attack Trinity College, Dublin. The college had strategic significan(...)

As Senator Al Franken looks on, Senator Chris Coons speaks during a meeting of the US Senate judiciary committee  to discuss  the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court. Photograph: Reuters/Aaron P Bernstein

The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US supreme court looks to be heading for a showdown in Congress as Democrats secured enough votes to block his a(...)

Neil Gorsuch testifies during the second day of his Senate hearing. The judge’s nomination to the Supreme Court is expected to be confirmed. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said “no man is above the law” as he vowed to stand up, if necessary, to the man who nominated him t(...)

US president Donald Trump (right) shakes hands with Neil Gorsuch after announcing the federal judge  as his nominee for the Supreme Court. Photograph: EPA

US president Donald Trump fulfilled another of his signature election promises by nominating judge Neil Gorsuch, a reliable conservative on a federal(...)

Outgoing US president Barack Obama who said in Peru last night he reserved the right to comment if he thinks core American values were at stake. Photograph: Bloomberg

Outgoing US president Barack Obama has warned president-elect Donald Trump he will not be able to pursue many of his more controversial policies once (...)

Pro-choice supporters celebrate outside the US supreme court after it struck down the requirement of doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, among other restrictions. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The US supreme court has struck down a 2013 law in Texas setting restrictions on abortion clinics in a major victory for abortion rights campaigners.(...)

Omar Mateen, who had attracted the attention of the FBI for claims about connections with terrorists, killed 49 people when he opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last Sunday. Photograph: MySpace/AP File

Every day, in FBI offices around the US, agents leaf through classified counterterrorism documents on American citizens one last time. They reread inf(...)