Rain or no rain: Dublin is up there as one of the hottest destinations and experiences for the year ahead...say Lonely Planet.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

An increasingly cosmopolitan vibe and the centenary of 1916 have formed an unlikely alliance to make Dublin one of the world’s must-visit cities for t(...)

A photo released by Galapagos National Park shows a new species of tortoise on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Photograph: Galapagos National Park

Scientists have discovered a new species of giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador, through genetic testing. The tortoise is the 15th kno(...)

Image from August 2012 of British police outside the  Ecuadorian embassy  in Knightsbridge,  London, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had recently taken  refuge to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex allegations. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

British police officers are no longer stationed outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took refuge to avoid e(...)

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, announced the satellite was under construction and would be ready for launch into space in 2016. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Facebook is planning to launch a satellite to provide internet access to remote parts of Africa, the social network’s founder has said. Mark Zu(...)

A passenger waiting at George Best Belfast City airport. A court ruling could help passengers being denied compensation for flight delays in the EU if there is a technical problem. Photograph: PA

Few experiences are more boring or frustrating than hanging around an airport waiting for a flight that’s been delayed by several hours. For those tra(...)

 Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lesotho and Kazakhstan, are among the countries where Irish people chose to marry last year.

The small Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the landlocked African country of Lesotho and the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, are just some of the(...)

The Swedish Prosecution Authority has dropped its investigation into some of the sex allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as they are (...)

Team Ireland’s Nuala Browne celebrates after winning a silver medal for finishing second in the 500m Race Singles Tourist, with Nicola Higgins who finished 5th and Rita Quirke,  who won bronze in kayaking. Photoraph: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Team Ireland continued to shine in sunny California on Thursday as athletes won another eleven medals at the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles. The(...)

Pope Francis arrives in Banado Norte, near Asuncion, Paraguay, on Sunday. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

Pope Francis I, wrapping up his three-country tour of South America, yesterday urged people living in a flood-prone shanty town in Paraguay to stay un(...)

During his visit to Ecuador, and now Bolivia, Pope Francis has made broad calls for Latin American unity, on Thursday mentioning “Patria Grande,” the historic ambition to make the continent a unified world force. Photograph: Daniel Rodrigo/Reuters

Pope Francis offered a direct apology on Thursday for the complicity of the Roman Catholic Church in the oppression of Latin America during the col(...)