Police officers inspect the site of a car bomb blast at a car park of a shopping mall on the Thai tourist island of Koh Samui yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A truck bomb in an underground carpark wounded seven people on the Thai holiday island of Koh Samui on Friday night, in an incident which was likely (...)

Financial centre: Dublin still plays host to a huge funds industry, with the value of Irish-domiciled funds put at €1.3 trillion. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin’s standing as a global financial hub enjoyed something of a bounce in the latest Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI). The city jumped 18 pla(...)

Feel the Chicago wind in your hair Guests at the recently opened Virgin Hotel in Chicago can experience the world’s hottest electric car, the Tesla SP(...)

Minister for Tourism for Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan (right) and Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe unveiling plans for global St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has paid tribute to Ireland’s diplomatic corps “who have played a huge role in the restoration of our in(...)

 ‘Influenced by Zen and eastern spirituality, Thomas Merton defined contemplation as seeking God, coming to know one’s true self, and learning one’s relationship to the world. He regarded contemplation as the highest form of awareness.’  Photograph:  Archive Photos/Getty Images

The Seven Storey Mountain, which recounts Thomas Merton’s spiritual odyssey from disbelief to faith, opens: “On the last day of January 1915, in a yea(...)

Yingluck Shinawatra: during nearly three years in power, there was always a question of how much of a pawn she was of her brother, former prime minister Thaksin. Photograph: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images.

Yingluck Shinawatra, the ousted prime minister of Thailand who was deposed by a coup in May, said democracy in her country was dead after the milita(...)

Set among the Bluestack Mountains on the edge of Lough Eske, Harvey’s Point has been named Ireland’s number one top hotel in this year’s TripAdvisor awards

Harvey’s Point in Donegal has been named Ireland’s number one top hotel in this year’s TripAdvisor awards. Set among the Bluestack Mountains on the ed(...)

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Walnut Grove, Loire Valley Walnut Grove is a luxurious gîte in the heart of the Loire valley that offers five-day courses that include everythin(...)

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Costa del Sol  With about 300 days of sunshine a year, the Costa del Sol’s enduring popularity amongst golfers is a combination of cl(...)

Police show pictures of body parts found in parcels. A baby’s head and foot, a heart and a tattooed ‘sheet of skin’  were found on Saturday after staff at a shipping office in Bangkok scanned the packages. Photograph: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters

Thai police said today two Americans suspected of trying to send infant and adult body parts in parcels to the United States had fled the country.A ba(...)