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Demonstrators on Saturday calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in front of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

An Algerian man imprisoned at the United States’ Guantanamo Bay detention centre for nearly 20 years has been released and sent back to his homeland. (...)

US supreme court justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, the hardline conservative activist Virginia Thomas. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Two days after the 2020 election, Virginia Thomas, the wife of US supreme court justice Clarence Thomas, texted an old friend, Mark Meadows, then chie(...)

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in her office at the federal appeals court in Washington in January. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, president Joe Biden’s nominee to serve on the US supreme court – she would be the first black woman to do so – has pledge(...)

Begrudge: to grumble about, find fault with, envy
In a Word...weight

There is so much to like about this modest little month. It awards us – without fuss – an extra day every four years. The next one being in 2024. That(...)

Former US secretary of state Colin Powell. He had undergone treatment for multiple myeloma, which compromised his immune system, a spokeswoman said. Photograph: Tim Sloan/AFP via Getty Images

Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state who played a pivotal role in attempting to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, has died from complicatio(...)

Alexanda Kotey (left), a member of a notrious Islamic State cell known as “the Beatles”, with another alleged member, El Shafee Elsheikh, in March 2018 after their capture in Syria. Photograph: Hussein Malla/AP

A member of a notorious cell of four British Islamic State group members who tortured Western hostages has pleaded guilty in a US federal courtroom fi(...)

Dave Hannigan with his sons Charlile and Finn.

Some months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks I was driving three Muslim lads through the outskirts of New York City when my battered Honda Accord shud(...)

Nazi governor Otto von Wächter with his wife Charlotte, daughter Traute and son Horst at Zell-am-See train station, Salzburg, Austria, in 1944. Photograph: courtesy of Horst Wächter

Philippe Sands may have met more war criminals than anyone else in the world. “I’ve sat with mass murderers who are totally regular decent folk when y(...)

Migrants  are pictured during a rescue operation  off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. Photograph: Hannah Wallace Bowman/MSF/Handout via Reuters

A 24-year-old man has died and many more were injured after a fire broke out in a migrant detention centre in Libya, in which hundreds of refugees and(...)

The direct provision centre in Foynes, Co Limerick which is now closing. Photograph: Brian Gavin

At least €13 million in State funds has been spent on running a direct provision centre in Co Limerick which will close its doors on Friday after resi(...)

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