Children gather around soldiers from the US army’s 4th squadron 2nd cavalry regiment  distributing school supplies in a village near Kandahar, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: by Scott Olson/Getty Images

The proposed tightening of US military belts, the biggest change to America’s armed forces in generations, is recognition that the country’s mi(...)

Dennis McGuire, a murderer and rapist, was executed with an untested combination of drugs by the state of Ohio on January 16th. Photograph: Ohio department of rehabilitation and corrections via the New York Times

America Letter: Ohio’s execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire earlier this month with a new two-drug experimental concoction has stirred up(...)

12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor (left) and director Steve McQueen. The film is   expected to lead the UK charge for Oscar glory when the Academy Award nominations are announced. Photographs: PA Wire

The goats have been slaughtered. Their entrails have been spread about the place. And we can now make a fairly good stab at assessing who or what is g(...)

Judi Dench, pictured with Steve Coogan in a scene from the adoption drama Philomena,  has been nominated in the category of best actress in a drama for for her role in the film.

Judi Dench has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role in Philomena. The film, which tells the true story of Philomena Lee’s search for(...)

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR The winner of this year’s Palme d’Or – a lengthy lesbian romance set in Lille – gained notoriety for the duration and explicitness of its sex sequences.But Abdellatif Kechiche’s film is most notable for its determination toimmerse us in every nuance of a tempestuous relationship. Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux give astonishing performances.

Click here to cast your vote When it comes time to assess developments in cinema – over a year, decade or century – hard-working pundits sti(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald (second left) attending the conference on Vulnerable Families in Dublin Castle earlier this year. Also attending were, from left, Senator Jillian van Turnhout, ICA president Liz Wall and Coface president Annemie Drieskens. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ten children in State care have been placed in facilities abroad at a cost of €3.5 million due to a lack of specialised care places here.The practice (...)

‘It’s a part I’ve waited 77 years for.” When Bruce Dern’s turn in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska deservedly took the Best Actor prize at this year’s Canne(...)

Ancient cannibalistic religions have less eccentric calendars than does the movie universe. The long run-in and dreary aftermath to Christmas d(...)

Springsteen and the men and women of The E Street Band will be playing shows in Limerick, Cork, Belfast and Kilkenny, where they’ll end their current European tour with a two-night run in Nowlan Park. Photograph: Matt Kent/Getty Images

Hey, what’s that sound? Can you hear it? There it is again. What is it? Bruuuuuuuuuuuce! That’s the sound of 140,000 music fans yelling – well, yod(...)

 Camelot: can return to winning ways in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It seems to be Camelot’s damned lot to be praised faintly. Rarely if ever can the accomplishments of a triple-Classic winner have been trailed so dogg(...)

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