Yemeni children in the city of Taez listen to their teacher this month in a destroyed classroom at their school which was heavily damaged in an air strike during fighting between the Saudi-backed government forces and the Huthi rebels. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP/Getty Images

Two decades ago, nearly 10 million children did not live to see a fifth birthday. By 2017, that number – about 1 in every 16 children – was nearly cu(...)

Last December, customs officials at JFK Airport found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers in a duffel bag from a passenger arriving from Guyana.

A Connecticut man (39) has been caught trying to smuggle nearly three dozen live finches through John F Kennedy Airport in order to sell them for sing(...)

John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in John Ford’s film, The Searchers. “Ford and Wayne forged an identity for America that lasted for decades.” Photograph: AP/Warner Bros

My older brother Michael taught me many things. He taught me to hold vinyl records gingerly at the edges, so I wouldn’t smudge them, and how to wipe (...)

 Brett Kavanaugh exemplified  entitled white men acting like the new minority, howling about things being taken away, aggrieved at anything that saps their power. Photograph: Win McNamee/Pool/Reuters

I never thought it could be as brutal. The same Republican gargoyles who once tore Anita Hill limb from limb knew they had to tread gingerly, with wo(...)

Julie Swetnick said she observed the future US supreme court nominee at parties where women were verbally abused, inappropriately touched. Photograph: Twitter

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was accused Wednesday by another woman of having engaged in sexual misconduct at parties while he was a student at Georgetown Pr(...)

Ireland captain Rory Best  lifts the Six Nations trophy after they clinched the Grand Slam by beating England 24-15 at Twickenham. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

President Michael D Higgins led the tributes to Ireland’s Grand Slam champions on “a St Patrick’s Day never to be forgotten”. In a statement on Satur(...)

When I was five years old, my parents decided they could no longer watch the nightly news. Or rather, they could no longer watch it if I was in earsh(...)

Judge James Robart: grabbed national headlines with his decision to temporarily lift Trump’s week-old travel ban for citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries and refugees.

US judge James Robart emerged from relative obscurity on Saturday as the first justice to come under fire from the president since he took office afte(...)

US president Donald J Trump shakes hands with Neil Gorsuch (left),  after announcing Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

In a 2005 essay titled Liberals ’N’ Lawsuits, Neil Gorsuch, then a corporate lawyer in Washington, DC, argued that “American liberals” had come to rel(...)