US supreme court in Washington: the court also decided not to take up a review of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, leaving  800,000 people  in legal limbo. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

US president Donald Trump’s contentious move to ban transgender people from the military received a boost from the supreme court on Tuesday which rule(...)

Tech companies’  products offer enticements, and many benefits but their potential encroachments and real costs go unrecognised (at best) or more despicably, are hidden (NB Google and Facebook). Photograph: Getty Images

‘Privacy – the question of who has the right to obtain, retain, and perhaps even sell personal information in digital form – is becoming one of the ho(...)

US Customs and Border Protection  officials stand guard on the US-Mexico border. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

A seven-year old girl died in the custody of US border control agents after crossing the border with Mexico last week, sparking outrage among Democrat(...)

A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN’s Jim Acosta as he questions US president Donald Trump during a news conference last week. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

CNN has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to revoke the press credentials of the network’s chief White House correspo(...)

Jodie Picoult:  A Spark of Light is about a hostage situation in an abortion clinic. Photograph: Nina Subin

“It’s a child. Not a choice. Isn’t it?” This is the short, provocative synopsis on the back cover of Jodi Picoult’s latest novel, A Spark of Light, t(...)

(Edmund Zagorski in a file photo taken earlier this month and issued by the Tennessee Department of Corrections. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A Tennessee inmate’s final words were “let’s rock” moments before he became the first man executed in the electric chair in that state since 2007. Ed(...)

US actor Robert De Niro. Photograph: Nina Prommer/EPA

New York police have recovered a suspicious package addressed to actor Robert De Niro which may contain a device similar to others sent to leading Dem(...)

US president Donald Trump with his nominee for the supreme court, Brett Kavanaugh, last July. In the postwar decades, judges around the world looked to the US supreme court for inspiration. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Judges, unlike politicians, don’t owe their positions to popular endorsement. Still, like politicians, they tend to reflect how their societies think.(...)

Comedian Amy Schumer is led away after she was arrested during a protest against the proposed confirmation of supreme court nominee  Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Brett Kavanaugh is expected to be confirmed as a US supreme court justice this weekend after Republican senator Susan Collins said she would endorse h(...)

Demonstrators protest against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the US supreme court due to sexual assault claims. Photograph:   Saul Loeb

They watched in cafes and bars, in living rooms and kitchens around the country, through  iPhones, live streams and cable TV. On Thursday, millio(...)

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