An Italian police officer takes in custody Michele Gucciardi, one of the 11 men suspected of helping number one Cosa Nostra fugitive Matteo Messina Denaro, in Palermo, Italy, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Photograph: Alessandro Fucarini/AP Photo

Fugitive Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro communicates with subordinates using written messages buried in soil or hidden under rocks on sheep farms, i(...)

Migrants walk near the Eurotunnel rail terminal in Coquelles near the northern French port of Calais. The European Union is offering funds and aid to help France cope with growing numbers. Photograph:  Francois Lo Presti/AFP/Getty Images.

The European Union is offering funds and aid to help France cope with growing numbers of migrants near the northern city of Calais. It comes as thousa(...)

Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

 European Council President Donald Tusk:  “I am really afraid of this ideological or political contagion, not financial contagion, of this Greek crisis”. Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

A spectre is haunting Europe following the economic and financial upheavals of recent years and that spectre is political chaos. In Ireland it is evid(...)

Chef John Wyer in the kitchen at Forest Avenue. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Restaurant owners spent the recession years trying to attract customers. Now they have an additional problem: a shortage of chefs has reached “crisis (...)

Saverio Bellante, Tom O’Gorman

A man who killed his landlord and dismembered his body has been found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity. Saverio Bellante (36) admitted killi(...)

Saverio Bellante told gardaí ‘I am guilty’ when charged with killing Tom O’Gorman at house in Castleknock

One of three siblings, Saverio Bellante was born on July 7th, 1979, in Palermo on the Italian island of Sicily. On Friday, Bellante was found not gui(...)

Umbrella weather as heavy rain falls on Dublin this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Met Éireann is forecasting more changeable weather over the August Bank Holiday weekend, with regular showers and cloud broken up by occasional sun(...)

Gráinne O’Hara: ‘The type of work I do is very, very compelling.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The decision to seek asylum in a foreign country is almost always a last resort. Most people are keen to stay as close to home as possible, remain (...)

A ruined street in the al-Katerji district of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

For four years, Sami lived with the daily sound of mortars rattling his fourth floor apartment in Damascus. “Every day, every hour, people were dying(...)