An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures. Photograph: Thinkstock.

An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be(...)

Jonathan Joseph burst onto the international scene in this season’s Six Nations Championship, finishing it as the top try scorer. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some sporting cross-pollination as a child is often the genesis for exceptional athletes. Jonathan Joseph sashayed his way through the Six Nations Cha(...)

A commemoration parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the Easter 1916 Rising passes the GPO in Dublin city centre in 2006. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times 7:08

A year-long Easter Rising commemorative programme with the emphasis on remembrance and reconciliation has been unveiled by the Government. The program(...)

German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz (28). Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said Lubitz deliberately crashed the Germanwings aircraft into the Alps. 2:12

German police have begun searching the home of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who is believed to have ocked himself alone in the cockpit of a Germanwing(...)

Simone Menne, chief financial officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, speaks to employees following a minute’s silence for the victims of Tuesday’s plane crash, at the airline’s headquarters in Frankfurt. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg 2:24

Germanwings has rounded up to 72 the number of German nationals who died in yesterday’s Alpine plane crash.Employees of Lufthansa and its Germanwings (...)

France’s president Francois Hollande (2nd right), Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy (centre) and German chancellor Angela Merkel (left) walk near crash site of Germanwings Airbus A320. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters 2:24

Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that smashed into the Alps, killing every(...)

RSA chief executive Stephen Hester: has already sold a range of other RSA assets in the past year,worth about £800 million. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg.

RSA is considering a sale of its Latin America business in what would be the largest disposal yet by the UK insurer’s chief executive Stephen Hester a(...)

Also on the programme former president of Ireland Mary McAleese says that while she likes Pope Francis she feels he just doesn’t get women – “there’s a blind side here.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Pope Francis has been publicly criticised by Irish American and senior Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke in a documentary to be broadcast on RTÉ One tele(...)

Florence Arthaud, a sailor who has died aged 57 in a helicopter crash in Argentina, was celebrated by the French yachting world as the only woman to (...)

A civil aviation accident investigator inspects the wreckage of one of two helicopters that collided in midair, near Villa Castelli, in Argentina’s La Rioja province. Investigators picked through the wreckage of the two helicopters Tuesday, removing cellphones, bits of paper and other charred and unrecognizable items, as France mourned the loss of prominent athletes in Monday’s dual crash in the Andean foothills. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Investigators have picked through the wreckage of two helicopters, removing mobile phones and other items, as France mourned the loss of prominent at(...)