Texas governor Greg Abbott tweeted a picture of himself not wearing a mask while speaking indoors near Dallas to a group of Republicans. File photograph: EPA

Texas governor Greg Abbott, who has used executive orders and court rulings to combat mask mandates and other anti-pandemic measures, has tested posit(...)

Nanci Griffith on stage in New York city in October 2004. Photograph: Matthew Peyton/Getty

Nanci Caroline Griffith Born: July 6th, 1953 Died: August 13th, 2021 Greatly admired by her fellow artists and a devoted army of fans, Nanci Griffi(...)

Elizabeth Gonzales comforts her 14-year-old daughter, Cerena, as she recovers from being put on a ventilator in the paediatric intensive care unit of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Texas. Photograph:  Meridith Kohut/The New York Times

At least two hospitals in Houston have been so overwhelmed with coronavirus patients this week that officials erected overflow tents outside. In Austi(...)

Dubliner Paul Lynch has stepped down as chief executive of Chargify.

The Irish head of tech company Chargify has stepped down as the company combines with SaaS Optics following April’s $150 million investment in the two(...)

A man is arrested during a demonstration against the government of President Miguel Díaz-Canel in Arroyo Naranjo Municipality, Havana on Monday. Photograph:  Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images

Cuban police are out in force on the country’s streets as the president accuses Cuban Americans of using social media to spur a rare outpouring of pro(...)

Paul Rusesabagina (centre) with his former lawyers at a pre-trial hearing in Kigali, Rwanda, on September 14th, 2020. Photograph: Cyril Ndegeya/The New York Times

Paul Rusesabagina, a prominent dissident who was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated movie Hotel Rwanda, is being denied food and medicine in a prison in(...)

Chargify chief executive Paul Lynch

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 Leona Maguire in action during last September’s  ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club  in Rancho Mirage, California. Photograph: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

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US president Joe Biden and vice-president Kamala Harris meet with department heads and immigration advisers after alarming images circulated showing packed border holding cells. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

United States president Joe Biden has announced that he is charging vice-president Kamala Harris with diplomatic efforts to stem migration at the US-M(...)

The Syracuse Orange and UConn Huskies tip off to an empty arena in the second round game of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Photograph: Getty Images

The finest male basketball players in America arrived in Indianapolis last week for March Madness, the culmination of the collegiate season. To help (...)

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