At least six clinics in Texas returned to performing abortions the day after a federal judge halted enforcement of the nation’s most restrictive abortion measure. Photograph: Ilana Panich-Linsman/New York Times

At least six clinics in Texas in the United States returned to performing abortions the day after a federal judge halted enforcement of the nation’s m(...)

Protesters take part in abortion rally in Austin last week.  Texas has been ordered to suspend new law banning most abortions.  Photograph: Sergio Flores/AFP via Getty

A US federal judge on Wednesday ordered Texas to suspend the most restrictive abortion law in the country, which since September has banned most abort(...)

The supreme court, which has six Republican-nominated justices, voted along ideological lines, with the three liberal-leaning members of the court dissenting. Photograph: Michael Reynolds

The US supreme court has ruled that two voting laws in Arizona are not discriminatory in a boost to Republican-led states that are seeking to implemen(...)

A photo of Ghislaine Maxwell with a bruise under her eye, which her lawyer says may have been caused by Maxwell shielding her eyes from light that awakens her every 15 minutes as guards make sure she is breathing. Photograph: US Courthouse Court Filing/Reuters

A judge has ordered the United States government to explain why guards repeatedly flash light into Ghislaine Maxwell’s cell overnight, an action her l(...)

File image shows an execution chamber  at a prison in Texas. The lethal injection of Willie B Smith III was called off by Alabama  following a US supreme court ruling. Photograph:  Getty Images

An Alabama inmate has won a reprieve from a scheduled lethal injection after the US Supreme Court said the state must allow his personal pastor in the(...)

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at a concert in New York in  2005. Photograph: Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell said under oath in 2016 that she had never witnessed “inappropriate underage activities” by her former partner Jef(...)

CNN reported on Friday night that Donald Trump plans to nominate judge Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court. Photograph: New York Times

President Donald Trump intends to nominate conservative federal appeals court judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the US Supreme Court fol(...)

US president Donald Trump has called for the whistleblower to testify in person. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The impeachment investigation into president Donald Trump entered a new phase on Monday as House Democrats published full transcripts of the depositio(...)

Senior advisor and son-in-law to US president Donald Trump, Jared Kushner (right). File photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The Democratic-led US house judiciary committee on Thursday voted to authorise subpoenas for a dozen witnesses including president Donald Trump’s son(...)

 US president Donald Trump shakes hands with US supreme court chief justice John Roberts  in Washington in February last year. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP/Getty Images

US chief justice John Roberts on Wednesday strongly defended the federal judiciary a day after president Donald Trump referred to a judge who ruled ag(...)

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