Sebastian Cuberos, visible on the laptop and speaking Spanish, is interviewed by an English speaker using a simultaneous translation feature on Skype. Last month Skype initiated simultaneous translation between English and Spanish speakers and Google will soon announce updates to its translation app for phones.

The tech industry is doing its best to topple the Tower of Babel.Last month, Skype, Microsoft’s video calling service, initiated simultaneous translat(...)

Mary Akrami, director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre, in Kabul and board member of the Afghan Women’s Network, was keynote speaker at the launch of Frontline Defenders 2015 Annual Report in Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /THE IRISH TIMES

Peter MurtaghA chilling picture of the challenges facing women’s rights activists in Afghanistan has been given by a campaigner from there who is visi(...)

  Louis van Gaal said   the decision not to include Radamel Falcao in his squad was a tactical one as Manchester United drew a blank against Southampton. Photograph:  Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Radamel Falcao’s agent Jorge Mendes has said the Colombia striker might not be at Manchester United next season but he believes he will be at one of (...)


Ferenc Puskas was born in 1927 and it kind of felt like that’s when the build-up began to the announcement of the winner of the award named in his hon(...)

Relatives and friends attend the funeral of Honduran beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado Munoz, the reigning Miss Honduras, and her sister, Sofia Trinidad Alvarado, who were found dead on November 19th  in Santa Barbara, Honduras. Photograph: EPA/STR

It has become as much a part of the narco life as guns, jewellery and bodyguards – a young beauty queen as an accessory and trophy. María José Alvarad(...)

Colombian lead government negotiator Humberto de la Calle (c) plants a tree as part of the peace conversations between the Farc-EP and the Colombian government in Havana on December 16th, 2014. Photograph: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

Colombia‘s Marxist Farc rebels have declared an indefinite unilateral ceasefire beginning on December 20th which they have promised to end if they co(...)

300 tonnes of cocaine have been seized. Some of the haul was destined for the Irish Christmas market and was found in a shipment of bananas that had originated in Colombia. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Gardaí and the authorities in Britain have tracked a ship carrying 300kg of cocaine worth €55 million and seized the drugs.Some of the haul was destin(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Stephanie Roche: will be up against some of the top stars in the game for Fifa’s Goal of the Year award. Photograph: Inpho

As you browsed through the list of nominees announced this week for Fifa’s Puskas Award, granted to the scorer of world football’s finest goal in t(...)

Tony Mangan at Machu Picchu in Peru

Friday afternoon, driving down the N11, trying to find the man who has run around the world. Because if Tony Mangan is for real he must be at least se(...)

The US Supreme Court’s decision to let stand lower court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states is a major and welcome advance for the caus(...)