Every day I walk for one or two hours in the woods that surround the town where I live in Canada. These walks have informed the writing of my novel as(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel at the press conference in  Berlin. Merkel said she is prepared to hold talks with Athens even after Greece’s planned referendum next weekend. Photograph: EPA/ Wolfgang Kumm EPA/Britta Pedersen

As Germany’s political leaders gathered yesterday to celebrate the 70th birthday party of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the(...)

Syrian refugees shelter near the Turkish border post of Akcakale. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

For 2,000 kilometres along Turkey’s southern plains, there are Syrians in fields and valleys, at lonely roadside truck stops, in seaside city parks an(...)

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic tries to shoo a bird from the court during his men’s singles first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Photograph: Glyn Kirk

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Amazon.com will launch its Amazon Lending loan programme to small sellers later this year in eight more countries including China. Photograph: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Amazon. com will launch its business loan program for small sellers later this year in eight more countries including China, where credit is becoming (...)

 Kathryn Nea and Amee Dunne from Sligo and USI president Laura Harmon at the USI Students for marriage equality meeting at Wood Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Political parties have been urged to take the youth vote much more seriously. “Young people do vote, so you need to represent them,” Union of Students(...)

A protester flashes a victory sign behind a Greek flag in front of the parliament building, during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters 3:02

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged Greeks to reject the terms of an international aid deal in a July 5th referendum, dismissing warnings that a ‘(...)

 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble at a press briefing during the special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on the Greek crisis  in Brussels. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold emergency meetings today with German political party leaders, and parliamentarians of her Christian Democratic Unio(...)

Migrants picked up by LÉ Eithne crew earlier this month. Photograph: LÉ Eithne

Some 593 people have been rescued from six vessels off the Libyan coast by the Irish ship LÉ Eithne. The Defence Forces said the rescue operations co(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble says ‘that anything should happen now is really ruled out’. Photograph: Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble - looking like he’d aged a decade in a week - summed up the latest twist in the Greek crisis on the evening (...)