Gardaí and Revenue officers stopped the woman, who was from Guyana, at Dublin airport on Tuesday and seized 1.7kg of the drug. Photograph: Getty Images

A 44-year-old woman who was stopped at Dublin airport on Tuesday was found to have ingested 100 pellets of cocaine worth €120,000. Gardaí and Revenue(...)

Fumigating to prevent dengue, chikunguya and Zika virus at El Angel cemetery, in Lima, Peru. Photograph: Martin Mejia/AP Photo

Pregnant women are being advised to consider postponing travel to areas affected by Zika amid global concern at the spread of the mosquito-borne virus(...)

A man fumigating a house in Mexico City, Mexico as part of the country’s campaign against the Zika virus. Photograph: Mexican Secretary Office of Health/EPA

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its travel warning to another eight countries or territories that pose a risk of infe(...)

Former US President Jimmy Carter said he had been given a diagnosis of cancer that had spread to other parts of his body after being revealed by recent liver surgery. Photograph: Hilary Swift/The New York Times

Former US President Jimmy Carter announced on Wednesday that he had been given a diagnosis of cancer that had spread to other parts of his body after (...)

Indonesia’s losses of virgin forests totalled 60,000 sqkms between  2000 and 2012, partly to make way for palm oil plantations and other farms, a study said. Photograph: Getty

Indonesia has for the first time surpassed Brazil in clearing tropical forests and losses are accelerating despite a 2011 moratorium meant to protect (...)

The 1856 British Guiana one-cent black on magenta sold for $9.5 million – a new world auction record for any stamp – although below the estimate ($10 (...)

The British Guiana One-Cent Magenta issued in 1856 in the former British colony on the north coast of South America and today known as Guyana. It will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in New York on Tuesday with an estimate of $10-$20 million.

Letter writing is a declining art and with it the attendant interest in postage stamps. But throughout the 20th century stamp-collecting was a ubiquit(...)

Conor Fox: “We can calculate the level of greenhouse gas emissions saved from entering the atmosphere each year when one of their new fuel-efficient stoves is used”

Repeated encounters with the aftermath of extreme natural disasters in South America set Conor Fox on the road to acquiring the skills he neede(...)

Rock of the bay: a Dublin and Kingstown locomotive approaches Blackrock, in Co Dublin, in 1834; Dargan’s stonework survives on the line. Image: SSPL/Getty

This biography tells the story of William Dargan, the greatest Irish railway engineer and contractor of the first and most important phase of Irish ra(...)

The performance of Denis O’Brien’s Digicel dipped sharply in Haiti, one of the company’s main markets. Photographe: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Total group revenues at Digicel, the mobile phone company owned by businessman Denis O’Brien, fell by $7 million to $691 million in the three months t(...)