Alabama governor Kay Ivey signing into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act in Montgomery, Alabama on Wednesday. Photograph: Alabama Governor’s Office/EPA

Alabama’s governor signed a Bill on Wednesday to ban nearly all abortions in the state, even in cases of rape and incest, in the latest challenge by (...)

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Concerned that some new surveillance technologies may be too intrusive, San Francisco became the first US city to ban the use of facial-recognition to(...)

Pro-choice activists hold signs alongside anti-abortion activists mark the anniversary of the 1973 supreme court case Roe v Wade outside the US supreme court in Washington, DC. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Alabama has become the latest US state to limit abortion access, voting to outlaw abortion in almost all cases. The legislation, which was backed by (...)

The statue of Robert E Lee which stood in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Driving through some southern states of America on a recent road trip, a peculiar feature of the urban landscape became apparent. In New Orleans a hu(...)

Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner will appear before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in Washington. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Helen Dixon, the Data Protection Commissioner, will appear in front of a US senate hearing in Washington on data privacy next week. Ms Dixon will ap(...)

Julian Assange gestures from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, on Thursday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Julian Assange faces extradition to the United States and up to five years in jail following his arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursda(...)

Despite attempting to steer Facebook in a more privacy focused direction, chief executive Mark  Zuckerberg could turn to metadata to fuel targetted advertising.  Photograph: Reuters/Stephen Lam/File

Mark Zuckerberg believes the future of social networking lies in private messaging. His convictions are so strong that he plans to merge the messagin(...)

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

After years of criticism, Facebook said on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show their message only to people of a(...)

Donald Trump signs a veto of the measure to end his emergency declaration to get funds for a border wall, with sheriffs and attorney general William Barr (centre) and department of homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (right of Barr) in the White House. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has issued the first veto of his administration, blocking a measure that opposed his use of a national emergency to circumve(...)

National security adviser John Bolton denounced the legitimacy of The Hague-based court at a speech to the Federalist Society on Monday. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

The International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Tuesday it would “continue to do its work undeterred” a day after US national security adviser John Bol(...)

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