American Gordon Lake and Spaniard Manuel Santos with their baby Carmen at the Juvenile and Family Court in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Sakchai Lalit/AP Photo

A same-sex American-Spanish couple have won a high-profile custody fight against a Thai surrogate mother who decided she wanted to keep the baby when (...)

Archway, Swift’s Row. Taken from ‘Dublin Strolls’ by Gregory and Audrey Bracken (The Collins Press, 2016)

The architectural styles of city buildings and their surrounding streetscapes have a much greater impact on our everyday life than we realise. It’s u(...)

Much of Thailand’s food culture is to be enjoyed on the streets.

Sticky heat, a bustling city and the tantalising waft of street food on every corner. If there is such a thing as a culinary fangirl, I am it, a(...)

A man believed to be the hijacker of the EgyptAir Airbus 320 leaves the plane  before surrendering to security forces after a seven-hour standoff at Larnaca airport, Cyprus. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A hijacker claiming he was wearing a suicide belt on Tuesday diverted an EgyptAir passenger jet to Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus where, aft(...)

When booking, bear in mind that you don’t have to take the same airline to and from your destination. Photograph: Thinkstock

1 The last-minute wonder deal is the holy grail for many travellers, and it can work. You might leave it until the very last minute and then get a re(...)

A Thai police officer photographed in front of the Siam Commercial Bank building in  Bangkok.  At least eight people died and seven were hospitalised after fire suppression chemicals were accidentally released. Photograph:Narong Sangnak/EPA

Eight people have died and seven others were injured at the headquarters of one of Thailand’s largest banks when workers accidentally released fire-ex(...)

Darina Allen examines chillies at a market stall during her visit to Myanmar

I spent a couple of weeks in Myanmar recently and was enchanted. Despite living through war and dictatorship, the people are warm, welcoming and cour(...)

Combine fitness with a holiday in some great, and warm, destinations

Bootcamps in Costa Blanca Bootcamps don’t have to be militarily austere to be effective. Organisers just like you to think that so they can save mo(...)

An aerial view of Pattaya beach, where the body of a 50-year-old Irish man was found on Monday. Photograph: Getty Images

An Irish man’s body bearing signs of injury has been found floating around one kilometre off the shore of the popular Thai beach resort of Pattaya, lo(...)

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej  at a ceremony in Bangkok on Tuesday. A factory worker faces a jail term for insulting his dog. Photograph: Reuters/Thai TV

Thailand’s strict laws making it a crime to insult the monarchy entered new territory this week when a factory worker was charged with disparaging the(...)