A single white rose is left at the edge of the South Pool of the 911 Memorial atop the area of the memorial for New York City Police  officers killed in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, following the deadly shootings of police officers in Dallas, Texas, July 8th, 2016. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

In a country where it’s easier to obtain a semi-automatic gun than to obtain healthcare, a fragile mind can wreak havoc on a fragile political culture(...)

Former Cork hurler and mental health campaigner Conor Cusack claims he was verbally abused about his sexuality. Photograph: Inpho

Former Cork hurler and mental health campaigner Conor Cusack has said he was verbally abused about his sexuality while out with a friend last night. (...)

Susan Sarandon: “Hollywood isn’t political. Hollywood is about profit. Photograph: Jake Chessum/New York Times

Dig around a bit and you will find footage from 1974 of Susan Sarandon discussing Richard Nixon on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Unmistakab(...)

David Crystal certainly has the gift of the gab. He has written more than 100 books on linguistics; he’s an indefatigable populariser and a formidable(...)

Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali: “I know all them insults are nonsense but he’s saying them and that means something”

It isn’t one of Muhammad Ali’s most famous quotes but it might be the wisest: “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 3(...)

A memorial for boxing legend Muhammad Ali is seen outside the Overthrow Boxing Club in the NOHO area of New York. Photo: EPA

In 2005 Muhammad Ali told journalist John Capouya how he owed some of his apparently unique verbal style to Gorgeous George Wagner. The 19-year-old Ca(...)

Violet May Maslin was born on Tuesday and has brought her parents ‘love and light, hope and joy’ after enduring two years of grief over the loss of their three children. Photograph: Maslin family/AP

An Australian couple whose three children were killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine two years ago have welcomed a new b(...)

Gwen Taylor as Daisy Werthan and Ernest Perry jnr as Hoke Colburn

★★★ Alfred Uhry’s play from 1988 takes a wing-mirror view of American history: covering 25 years, from 1948 to 1973, in a brisk 90 minutes, it obse(...)

London mayor  Boris Johnson has come under fire over his attack on the ‘part-Kenyan’  US president Barack Obama. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

London mayor Boris Johnson has been accused of “dog-whistle” racism after he suggested that Barack Obama’s Kenyan ancestry may have been behind the de(...)

A US Library of Congress image of Harriet Tubman, shown between 1860 and 1875.

Move over, Andrew Jackson. Abolitionist and women’s rights crusader Harriet Tubman will replace the former US president on the front of the new $20 bi(...)

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