Elephants perform at the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Tampa, Florida. The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it will phase out its elephant acts by 2018.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus will eliminate its elephant acts – long an integral part of the spectacle billed as “the Greatest Show on(...)

For nearly two years after Hillary Clinton stepped down from her secretary of state post, the state department was unable to search her emails because they were in her possession, and not on the department’s servers, officials said. Photograph: The New York Times

Hillary Clinton said late on Wednesday that she had asked the state department to release tens of thousands of work-related emails that she sent from (...)

Ireland, Dublin: Sherry FitzGerald, €900,000

Sherry FitzGerald is seeking €900,000 for this four-bedroom bungalow at 9 Shielmartin Park, Sutton, Dublin. We find similarly-priced properties around(...)

YouTuber breaks out

Adored by legions, YouTubers are, by and large, purveyors of makeup tips, videogame commentaries, reviews and standard vlogging. The platform for quic(...)

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(...)