Surf’s up: Allan Mulrooney and Kian Egan grew up in the same housing estate. Allan was able to guide Kian into the world of surfing, which helped him escape the sometimes bewildering whirlwind of Westlife’s success.

The idea was a simple one: combine a reunion for a bunch of best mates who hadn’t seen each other in a while with something we all like to do: surf(...)

Michael Jordan is a legendarily impatient character. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

At the height of his career with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan had three golf holes carved out of the backyard of his mansion in Highland Park, Il(...)

Billionaire John C Malone, the biggest landowner in the US has now set his sites on creating an Irish property portfolio. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

American billionaire John Malone says he buys land because, reprising the Mark Twain adage, they are not making it anymore. But it’s mostly because(...)

Emelia Fernandez and her daughter Irene outside their home in Old Town, Key West. Above is a sign with the name of Emelia’s home town in Cuba, and a Cuban flag leading into a Conch shell, representing their joint heritage. Photograph: Jennifer Hough

He was just 10 years old when he left in 1959, but Tony Yaniz still has vivid memories of Cuba: the stunning architecture of old Havana, the iconic Ma(...)

 Robert van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, has been arrested on charges of burglary and grand theft after items from an adjacent house, which was in foreclosure, were discovered at his property. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Rapper Vanilla Ice has been charged with breaking into and stealing from an abandoned home that is in foreclosure in Florida.Police said the recording(...)

Alex  Rodriguez: hardly the first steroid user to come back to the diamond, he  is the most brazen and obstinate of them all. Photo:  Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

As he prepared to return from a one-year suspension for steroid use, the erstwhile New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez did what any narcissi(...)

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season,” he said in his statement. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Embattled New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez apologised on Tuesday for “the mistakes” he made that led to his suspension for taking performance-e(...)

A woman holds a ticket purchased for Wednesday’s estimated Powerball lottery jackpot of $450 million in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

You think national lottery prizes are impressive?Last week, a customer at Jordan’s Centra in Curragh Grange, Newbridge bought a winning ticket. The pr(...)

Worker takes a break in a garlic field in California: a survey has found Hispanics are far more likely than whites to view global warming as a problem that affects them personally. Photograph:  Matt Black/The New York Times

Alfredo Padilla grew up in Texas as a migrant farmworker who followed the harvest with his parents to pick sugar beets in Minnesota each summer. He ha(...)

Miners dig for diamons in Zimbabwe. As a compact, stable, and transferable store of value, diamonds offer enormous advantages to smugglers, money launderers, and tax evaders. 2:03

In the spring of 2005, Erez Daleyot, a Belgian-Israeli diamond tycoon with some dubious connections, paid a visit to his Swiss bankers at HSBC Private(...)