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Police officers wearing riot gear block a road during protests after police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Demonstrators clashed with police officers in riot gear late Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, after police officers shot and killed a black man w(...)

A handout picture made available by Solar Impulse shows Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) piloted by Swiss pioneer Bertrand Piccard prior to its landing in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 26th July 2016, to finish the first around the world flight without the use of fuel. Photograph: Jean Revillard/EPA/ SI2

The world’s first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun’s energy has made history, landing in Abu Dhabi, where it first took off on (...)

Michael Collins arrives at his final destination, Ireland Park in Toronto.

The Irish Diaspora Run saw Michael Collins run almost 900km between June 10th and July 10th, from Grosse Île to Toronto, tracing the steps taken by th(...)

A man holds a sign of support during a prayer vigil in a park following the  shooting dead of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, US, July 8th, 2016. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

A black US Army reservist who served in the Afghan war and said he wanted to “kill white people” took part in an attack in which five police officers(...)

John Donnelly in 2000. The 64-year-old was found dead at his apartment in Turkey earlier this month, having suffered a stab wound. File photograph: Don MacMonagle

Musical numbers and tributes to the late stage director John Donnelly shaped an 1½ long funeral service which, fittingly, took the form of a theatrica(...)

A gender neutral bathroom in Washington, DC. Barack Obama’s administration on May 13th told US public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Officials from 11 US states sued president Barack Obama’s administration on Wednesday, seeking to overturn a directive from the federal government tha(...)

Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice: could lend  strong national security bona fides to Donald Trump. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

John Nance Garner, Franklin D Roosevelt’s running mate better known as “Cactus Jack”, famously said that “the vice-presidency was not worth a bucket o(...)

Pfizer’s announcement is unlikely to have much effect on executions, which have slowed in recent years as drug makers’ prohibition on the drugs took effect. Photograph: iStock

Pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer has said it is blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections. The company said in a statement on its website: “Pfizer m(...)

The FBI has requested an expansion of their ability to hack into suspects’ computers. Stock photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The US Congress has seven months to block a potentially massive expansion of the government’s ability to hack into suspects’ computers. At the FBI’s(...)

End of strike revived bearish mood brought on by failure of major producers to agree to freeze output

Crude futures fell on Wednesday after Kuwaiti oil workers ended a three-day strike that had cut the nation’s crude output by around half, with worries(...)

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