Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a string of legislative bills

California bans paparazzi drones & 'revenge porn'

11.00 California has approved laws which will prevent paparazzi from using drones to take photos of celebrities and people sharing nude photos of their exes, among a series of measures aimed at tightening protection of privacy.

There has been opposition to fracking

Fracking firm considers legal action over licence

10.15 The company that wants to pursue extracting shale gas in border counties using the controversial fracking process may begin a legal challenge to decisions of Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration.

TK Whitaker said he 'doesn't feel [patriotism] is diminishing in politics'

Biography of TK Whitaker launched

30 Sep Ireland's most distinguished civil servant, TK Whitaker, has said he believes "there is a certain percentage" of practical patriots in politics today.

The Government and the British government plan new talks on peace in Northern Ireland

US govt set to take role in new NI peace talks

30 Sep The US administration is believed to be making plans to play a role in the upcoming new round of peace talks in Northern Ireland, convened jointly by the Irish and British governments.

Afghan security personnel work at the site of a suicide attack near the international airport in Kabul yesterday

Afghan and US officials sign troop deal

30 Sep Officials from Afghanistan and the US have signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, fulfilling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani.

New barricades have been set up outside the White House

Intruder ran through White House, report says

30 Sep An intruder armed with a knife, who jumped a fence and sprinted across the White House lawn, got much further into the presidential mansion than previously thought, according to a report.