An Islamic manuscript which has been identified as one of the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran on show at the University of Birmingham. Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire 1:06

A British university said on Wednesday that fragments of a Koran manuscript found in its library were from one of the oldest surviving copies of the I(...)

US flag flies alongside a sign in honor of the four Marines killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

The suspect in the fatal shootings of four US Marines traveled to Jordan and possibly other Middle Eastern countries for seven months last year, autho(...)

Cauliflower is better roasted than boiled or steamed

I love a recipe that makes me think differently about an ingredient, or a dish that makes me rediscover a food I’ve shunned in the past. Like Jane (...)

Search and recovery operation in Baltimore, West Cork for the body of missing Barry Davis Ryan. Photograph: Emma Jervis

More than 100 divers joined the sea search for missing student Barry Davis Ryan in Baltimore, Co Cork on Thursday. Experienced divers from across Ire(...)

Frédéric Souty,  master baker at Fallon & Byrne’s new in-store bakery on Exchequer Street

Baking hot This happy chap above is Frédéric Souty, master baker at Fallon & Byrne’s new in-store bakery at the Exchequer Street food market,(...)

 An explosion during a  Nato military exercise in Drawsko Pomorskie military range in  Poland. A global security report said on Wednesday that the cost of violence around the world reached a record $14.3 trillion last year. Photograph: Marcin Bielecki/EPA.

The cost of violence around the world reached a record $14.3 trillion (€12.7 trillion) in 2014, equivalent to the combined economies of Brazil, Can(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and British prime minister David Cameron at Chequers in southern England on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Suzanne Plunkett

British prime minister David Cameron is to have meetings with fellow European Union leaders in a bid to open talks on his demands for new membership(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to hold talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in early June on Britain’s plans to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to hold talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in early June on Britain’s plans to renegotiate its relationship with (...)

 Ireland “didn’t have a sustainable position” when the economic crisis broke,  former taoiseach Brian Cowen  said, refusing to accept criticisms from those who had previously condemned his actions in government as being too miserly. “When I was producing those budgets, go back and look at what people were saying. I was described as Ebenezer Scrooge.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen has defended the record of his administration, saying it had faced up to its responsibilities in dealing with the consequ(...)

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel with British counterpart David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel during the  EU leaders summit in response to the migrant crisis. Photograph: Reuters

As the world watched footage of desperate migrants scrambling to reach European shores this week, the need for a global and European response to the t(...)