East Down Foxhounds parade in the Main Arena on the final day of the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show in the RDS, Dublin, today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

County Wicklow rider Jane Bradbury and owner Daphne Tierney won the supreme hunter championship on Saturday morning in the Main Arena with the heavywe(...)

What is fracking? Fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – is a means of extracting natural gas from sedimentary rocks such as shale. The process involve(...)

Adam Lynch, the Ho Hum Bandit, nonchalantly passed notes to bank tellers demanding cash. Photograph: FBI

An Irish bank robber, one of the most prolific in recent United States history, has been sentenced to a further period in jail of nearly six years in (...)

Along with her team-mates US World Cup squad player Nathalie Marchino has faced financial and logistical challenges to reach the World Cup finals in France. Photograph: Phil Cole/Getty Images

Last November, the Berkeley All Blues travelled to Cherry Hill, New Jersey to defend their US women’s rugby Premier League (WPL) title. Partici(...)

The Westin is the third hotel in Dublin to be acquired by John Malone and his Irish partners Lalco, operated by John Lally and Paul Higgins. The others are the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse Street and Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

John Malone, the billionaire behind UPC-owner Liberty Global, has bought the five-star Westin Hotel in Dublin for €65 million. The acquisition is exp(...)

Andrew Cuomo (centre), the Democratic governor of New York, signed the Compassionate Care Act into law on Monday. Photograph: Nathaniel Brooks/The New York Times

Buying marijuana in the United States for recreational (read: fun) purposes may be legal in two American states now but for some it is far from accept(...)

Drone flying:  LAPD   to hold  public hearings  on the use of drones. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The Los Angeles Police Commission is set to hold a series of public hearings to give the public a chance to weigh in on the use of drones by the loca(...)

The US government has considerably stepped up the rhetoric in the last few weeks in relation to the Chinese hacking threat

US authorities are set to use visa restrictions to prevent Chinese nationals from attending major US hacking conferences DefCon and Black Hat in Las V(...)

Tom Steyer, center, a billionaire environmental activist who wants to blast the issue of climate change to the front lines of American politics, at the NextGen Climate Action office in San Francisco. Photograph:Jason Henry/The New York Times

Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer will give a boost to 2014 political candidates from seven US states who work to combat climate change, c(...)

Thom Tillis’s victory as the Republican nominee for North Carolina  in the race for the Senate is seen as more ground won by the Republican establishment in the internal tug of war with the Tea Party. Photograph: Reuters/Davis Turner

Victory by a North Carolina state representative to run as the Republican nominee in the race for the Senate may appear insignificant in this year’s b(...)