The first photo taken from the Two Eagles capsule after take-off from Japan. Photograph: @TwoEaglesTeam

Two balloonists crossing over the Pacific Ocean from Japan surpassed a distance record on Thursday for gas-filled balloon travel and are heading towar(...)

Rescue workers at the site of an explosion at a maternity hospital in Mexico City. The explosion rocked the maternity hospital when a leak from a gas truck ignited. Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

A gas truck explosion ripped through a maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City on Thursday, killing one woman and two children and injur(...)

Rescuers work amid the wreckage caused by an explosion in a hospital in Cuajimalpa, Mexico City. Photograph: Getty Images

A powerful fuel truck explosion has shattered a maternity and children’s hospital in Mexico City, killing at least three people and injuring dozens. M(...)

Eamon Devoy, the general secretary  of the TEEU  who signed the agreement with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, said that it was important for workers to be retrained to meet the demands of new technologies. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

An Irish trade union has signed a historic agreement with one of America’s largest unions that will lead to training for Irish workers in additional s(...)

The Kemp’s Ridley turtle has been described as the world’s smallest and most endangered sea turtle. Photograph: Aoife Flynn

Coastwatch Ireland has confirmed identification of a tiny reptile washed up in Donegal as a Kemp’s Ridley – described by National Geographic a(...)

Photograph: (c) Olive McGloin

Last year, a 44-year-old Dubliner walked out of her life in the UK and on to the plains and mountains of America. In doing so, Olive McGloin, from (...)

The Seven Dwarfs walk along Main Street during a parade at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. File Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

A US paediatrician’s group has urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles after an outbreak that began at Disneyland(...)

Dublin index heavyweight CRH added 1.17 per cent to close at €19.83

European markets rose as oil company gains helped to counterbalance a sharp fall in Swiss equities sparked by the country’s national bank decision to(...)

Grant Ford, a Sotheby’s auctioneer and expert on Irish art: Sotheby’s Irish art sale will include work by Paul Henry and Jack B Yeats

Sotheby’s has decided to re-introduce a standalone Irish art sale in London in 2015 – another step in the gradual recovery of the market which was (...)

Sebastian Cuberos, visible on the laptop and speaking Spanish, is interviewed by an English speaker using a simultaneous translation feature on Skype. Last month Skype initiated simultaneous translation between English and Spanish speakers and Google will soon announce updates to its translation app for phones.

The tech industry is doing its best to topple the Tower of Babel.Last month, Skype, Microsoft’s video calling service, initiated simultaneous translat(...)