Billionaire John C Malone, the biggest landowner in the US has now set his sites on creating an Irish property portfolio. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

American billionaire John Malone says he buys land because, reprising the Mark Twain adage, they are not making it anymore. But it’s mostly because(...)

A scorched mesquite tree is seen among the thousands of acres that burned from wildfires during a severe drought outside Jayton, Texas, in 2011. Photograph: Elliott Blackburn/Reuters

The US south-west and the Great Plains will face decade-long droughts far worse than any experienced over the last 1,000 years because of climate chan(...)

Albuquerque, New Mexico, where a three-year-old shot both of his parents after getting hold of a handgun from his mother’s bag. Photograph: Google Maps

A three-year-old boy in the US got hold of a handgun from his mother’s bag and fired a shot that injured both his parents.The toddler apparently reach(...)

A new commemorative stamp recognises the contribution of the 51st BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, which opens in the RDS on Wednesday. Photograph: Shane O’Neill / Fennells

An post has issued a commemorative stamp to honour the annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.Now in its 51st year, the event in Dublin w(...)

Prince Andrew is believed to have been on a ski trip in Verbier, Switzerland, as the latest reports of the controversy broke.  File photograph: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

Buckingham Palace has issued a second denial that the Duke of York had sexual contact with a woman who claims she was forced to have sex with him when(...)

 Maryland governor Martin O’Malley (left) with president Barack Obama. Mr O’Malley has cancelled death sentences for four prisoners. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.

A US governor has cancelled the death sentences of the last four inmates awaiting execution, almost two years after the state became the 18th to do a(...)

Takeover of Friends Life Group by Aviva would be the biggest takeover in the UK insurance industry in 15 years and create a company with 16 million customers. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Aviva plc, Britain’s second biggest insurer by market value, fell the most since July in London trading after saying it was in talks to buy Friends Li(...)

This interview took place prior to the crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.Chicken or beef?” The call of the Virgin Atlantic trolley-pusher escape(...)

Racial disparities in Ferguson’s police force were blamed for the killing of Michael Brown on August 9th. About two-thirds of the city’s population of about 20,000 are African-American, while the 53-strong Ferguson police force has just four black officers. Photograph: Whitney Curtis/The New York Times

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, are to be investigated by the US justice department into policing practices in response to last month’s killing of an u(...)

The Westin is the third hotel in Dublin to be acquired by John Malone and his Irish partners Lalco, operated by John Lally and Paul Higgins. The others are the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse Street and Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

John Malone, the billionaire behind UPC-owner Liberty Global, has bought the five-star Westin Hotel in Dublin for €65 million. The acquisition is exp(...)