Andi Schnellman from Schnellertollemeier at 12 Points

Umea is a music town. Metal monsters Meshuggah hail from this neat, low-rise city of 117,000, huddled on the jagged shoreline of the Gulf of Bo(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said there are approximately 1,000 applicants who wish to adopt in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

The only children being placed for intercountry adoption are increasingly those with special needs, a conference was told yesterday. Lau(...)

The boards of Lafarge and Holcim  are due to announce the companies’ merger today. Photograph: Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg

  The world’s two largest cement makers, France’s Lafarge and Holcim of Switzerland, have agreed the terms of a merger that would create a(...)

British Expeditionary Force: Gay Byrne’s father, Pte Edward Byrne, who joined the 19th Royal Hussars, in 1912

When Gay Byrne’s mother, Anne, married his father, Edward Byrne, in 1917, she promised to go to Mass every day of her life if he survived the f(...)

Wim Verbraeken: “At the age of 25, I was commanding 200 people as a troop commander in Germany.” photograph: alan betson

Wim Verbraeken spent 14 years with Belgium’s military, including two years as a Nato troop commander in Germany before the Berlin Wall came dow(...)

Queen Mathilde of Belgium, China’s President Xi Jinping, King Philippe of Belgium and Mr Xi’s wife, Peng Liyuan, prior to a state dinner at Laeken Royal Palace in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/EPA

President Xi Jinping has reaffirmed China’s commitment to socialism, saying multi-party democracy had failed his country in the past, and China(...)

The problem with international nuclear non-proliferation efforts, and specifically efforts to persuade states to enhance the security of and to(...)

President Barack Obama, second from right, during a wreath laying ceremony at Flanders Field Cemetery in Waregem, Belgium, yesterday. Photograph: Doug Mills/ The New York Times

US president Barack Obama yesterday underlined the longstanding links between the US and Europe on security and defence policy, as he(...)

Every spring farmers in the Ypres salient dig up thousands of unexploded shells and leave them by the side of the road for the Belgian army to collect. These German shells have been found near the old British trenches five kilometres south-east of Ypres.  Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

A hundred years after the start of the first World War, the ground where bloody battles were fought continues to yield up dead(...)

The Department of Enterprise told the CAI in a letter earlier this year that it said it had decided not to “support regulating the term ‘accountant’”

Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) has commissioned a report to “unpick” and “debunk” the position of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innov(...)

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