Jeff Sessions has become the top law enforcement officer in the US as attorney general. File photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Alabama senator Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as the new US attorney general, despite fierce Democratic opposition over his record on civil rights (...)

Fire crews try to control the blaze at Mt Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Photograph: Clarendon County Fire Department/Reuters

US investigators are examining the cause of a series of fires at black churches across the southeastern United States over the past two weeks. The (...)

President of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP Rachel Dolezal. Ms Dolezal’s parents have claimed that she has been falsely portraying herself as black. Photograph: Spokane NAACP website

A civil rights leader in the US state of Washington has been falsely portraying herself as black for years, her parents have said. Rachel Dolezal (37)(...)

Henry Allen jnr (left), president of the Colorado Springs NAACP, shows  James Simmons the spot where an improvised bomb exploded on Tuesday outside the group’s offices. Photograph: Matthew Staver/ New York Times

US law enforcement officials are investigating whether the fire-bombing of the offices of a civil rights group, the National Association for the Adva(...)

The Rev Al Sharpton speaks at the Greater St Mark church in Ferguson, Missouri, yesterday  as the community seeks answers about the police shooting of Michael Brown. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, yesterday effectively blamed the local police chief in Ferguson for the renewed violence in the city at the weeke(...)

Civil rights leaders stepped up plans for vigils and rallies in 100 US cities to press the government to bring charges against the former-neighbourhoo(...)

US Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to speak more about the Zimmerman case when he addresses the annual convention of the NAACP. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Political pressure has grown on the Obama administration to bring a federal prosecution against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murdering the u(...)

A protester blocks an Expo Line train following the George Zimmerman verdict in Los Angeles, California. Photograph:  Jason Redmond/Reuters.

A Florida jury has acquitted George Zimmerman for the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, setting free a man who had become a po(...)