Trump announced plans for a major firework display at the Lincoln Memorial. ‘Like no one had ever thought of fireworks on the Mall before’- this photo from 2000. Photograph:  William Philpott Reuters

Halloween is sugary. Thanksgiving is fattening and fraught. Christmas is expensive. New Year’s Eve is annoying. Memorial Day is laced with melancholy.(...)

Jussie Smollett: Photograph:  Danny Moloshok/Reutres

Jussie Smollett, star of the hit US TV show Empire, has been hospitalised after being attacked in a possible hate crime. The 35-year-old actor was att(...)

 Sister Josephine (left), Sister Gabrielle (right)  (and their  youngest sister Ann (centre), who later left religious life. Photo courtesy of the Murray family

In 1951 five teenage girls set sail from Cobh in Co Cork for Texas to become nuns in a San Antonio convent school set up to educate black children and(...)

Aung San Suu Kyi receiving Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award from Bono at the Bord Gáis Theatre in Dublin in 2012. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

U2 have written to Dublin City councillors urging them to revoke the Freedom of the City of Dublin from Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi over th(...)

Silicon Valley housing is priced well beyond the reach of the average worker. Photograph: iStock

The city of East Palo Alto, a wedge of modest houses and light industrial sites in the heart of Silicon Valley, has been passed by in the great tech b(...)

‘The alt-right have committed significant violence since the turn of this century, far more than the Antifa, but the opposition cannot stoop to the same kind of tactics and retain any kind of moral authority.’ Photograph: Edu Bayer/The New York Times

Donald Trump was wrong to imply a moral equivalence between the white supremacists and those who gathered to oppose them in Charlottesville, Virginia.(...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren has been silenced by Republicans in the US Senate. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

US Senate Republicans voted on Tuesday night to silence Elizabeth Warren for reading out a letter from the widow of Martin Luther King during a debate(...)

Reince Priebus and wife Sally Priebus arrive for Trump’s inauguration:  “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump’s new administration stepped up its dispute with the media, saying it was presenting “alternative facts” to those reported (...)

File photograph from 1974   of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, addressing pupils at Tulse Hill comprehensive school in South London, where he later gave the boys a demonstration of the ‘Ali shuffle’ during a sparring session with schoolboy Tony Sibblers. Photograph:   PA Wire

Muhammad Ali’s hometown of Louisville will honor the former boxing champion on Friday with a procession through the Kentucky city and public funeral (...)

Living in a secular society does not silence the religious, nor does it prevent them from engaging in political activity. Picture:  Martin Luther King Jr

In 1968, the New York Times predicted that by “the 21st Century, religious believers are likely to be found only in small sects, huddled together to r(...)

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