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Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

US fundraising body Friends of Sinn Féin has raised a further $390,110 (€348,000), adding to the group’s $12 million cash pile that it has amassed sin(...)

 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams listens from his table as he is introduced at a fundraiser in New York in 1999. Seated next to Adams is businessman Pat Donaghy, a major donor.

The drink flowed as diners chewed on filet mignon and enjoyed a rousing political speech in between traditional Irish songs performed by a band in on(...)

Syria’s presidential candidate Hassan al-Nouri speaking during an interview in Damascus yesterday. He said  Syria has paid a high price for adopting the Arab nationalist line and staying true to its traditional allies, Russia and Iran, a policy the US, in particular, condemned Photograph: Reuters

Businessman and government critic Hassan al-Nouri is well aware he has no chance of winning Syria’s presidential election. Nevertheless, he decided to(...)

Enda Kenny meets governor Dr Fahad Almubarak

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Take 3: futuristic hotels

Miura Hotel, Celadna, Czech Republic Miura.cz Giant figures by sculptor David Cerny lean against and sit on this sleek hotel giving the sharp, (...)

The Fota Island Resort in Cork Harbour, built by Irish developer John Fleming at cost of over €90 million has been sold on behalf of Nama to a Chinese hotelier family for an estimated €20 million.

The Fota Island Resort in Cork Harbour, built by Irish developer John Fleming at cost of over €90 million, has been sold on behalf of Nama to a Chines(...)