There wasn’t much progress on the moon-mining front. (Above, a group of hikers are seen silhouetted against the moon in Tijuana, Mexico.) Photograph: Jorge Duenes/Reuters

‘Rats in the news!’ This was the excitable promise of one of Old Moore’s Irish predictions for August. What is it with Irish bands using “rats”(...)

Two-thirds of the way through the financial year the performance of the Irish economy has surpassed expectations – both of the Government and of econo(...)

The lavish military parade in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square yesterday was ostensibly a commemoration of China’s role in the defeat of Japan at the end of(...)

Philips ambient light flatscreens at the consumer electronics trade fair IFA in Berlin. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Big mobile phones, bigger TVs and a new generation of wearable devices were all on the cards at the IFA electronics show in Berlin. How often do you(...)

When it comes to minimalist accessories, Drop has it nailed. The smart weighing scale gives nothing away about its function. Or even how to turn it on(...)

Internet governance is broadening out

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is coming to Dublin. The occasion – a first for Ireland – is the 54th public meeting,(...)

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi.

The European Central Bank left interest rates at record lows, shifting the focus to president Mario Draghi’s press conference for clues on whether he (...)

Anti-tank missiles are displayed at the military parade in Beijing on September 3rd, 2015. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters 1:16

China put on a muscular display of military might in a parade in Beijing to mark the anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the second World War 70 years ag(...)

EU agriculture commissioner  Phil Hogan may be facing one of his toughest challenges yet in the role. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

It’s almost a year since former minister for the environment Phil Hogan faced MEPs at a European Parliament hearing held to approve his appointment as(...)

Secretary of state John Kerry: Voting against Iran nuclear deal would be a “self-destructive blow to our nation’s leadership”. Photograph: Getty Images

President Barack Obama has scored a major victory by securing the support of Democrat Barbara Mikulski as the 34th senator to back his nuclear deal wi(...)