Omar Mateen carried out an attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando in the early hours of Sunday, killing 49 people. File photograph: Myspace/AP

US investigators have questioned the wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the FBI said on Wednesday, and a law enfor(...)

Omar Mateen, who had attracted the attention of the FBI for claims about connections with terrorists, killed 49 people when he opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last Sunday. Photograph: MySpace/AP File

Every day, in FBI offices around the US, agents leaf through classified counterterrorism documents on American citizens one last time. They reread inf(...)

A friend of Amanda Alvear holds up her photo at a memorial service the day after a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

What links the blood-stained walls of the Pulse nightclub to an office block in Belfast? Money. And the way people who have enough of it always get wh(...)

Almost as shocking as the deaths of 49 in the Pulse Orlando nightclub on Sunday night, the worst mass shooting in US history, is the brutal reality th(...)

Republican Donald Trump: “Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment, not change it; she wants to abolish it.” File photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump assured gun owners on Friday he would protect their constitutional right to bear arms and eliminate (...)

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts as rival candidate Senator Bernie Sanders tries to hand her a piece of paper during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. Photograph: Reuters

Brooklyn was the scene of the latest flashpoint between the Democratic presidential candidates as front-runner Hillary Clinton and challenger Bernie S(...)

Sex sells  at a Las Vegas arms fair:  Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms is not just a domestic issue; it has effectively inhibited effective global gun control treaties

Anyone following international news in recent months will be struck by the fact that the gun control debate in the United States has stepped up a gea(...)

Hillary Clinton and Democratic rival Bernie Sanders debating in Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: Timothy Clary/AFP/ Getty Images

It’s about evolution, not revolution; pragmatism, not idealism. This was Hillary Clinton’s message as she sought to depict socialist Bernie Sanders (...)

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders participate in the NBC News -YouTube Democratic Candidates Debate. Photograph: AFP

Leading Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed over guns, healthcare and money in the final debate before the first voters s(...)

A policeman holding a military type shotgun, one of 4,500 guns on display in Sydney in  1997 before being melted down. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

In the continuing debate over how to stop mass killings in the United States, Australia has become a familiar touchstone. President Barack Obama has c(...)

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