Bestselling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankel, whose most famous creation was the detective Kurt Wallander, has died  at the age of 67. Photograph: Nora Lorek/AFP/Getty Images

Henning Mankell, who has died aged 67, after being diagnosed with cancer last year, established almost single-handedly the global picture of Sweden as(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan taking selfie. Applications can be made through smartphone app. Photograph: MerrionStreet

A new credit-card style passport card that can fit in wallets and purses, and which is valid for travelling to 30 European countries, is available fro(...)

Tore Renberg: the day I write a historical novel will never come! But if it were to happen it would probably take place during the eighties and deal with pop music. The day Morrissey met Johnny Marr?

Tore Renberg, from Stavanger, Norway, made his literary debut in 1995 with the short-story collection Sleeping Tangle, for which he won the Tarjei (...)

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s South Pole expedition team: Left to right – Frank Wild, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Eric Marshall and Jameson Boyd-Adams. Photograph: Shackleton Foundation/PA

The cabin in which Irish adventurer Ernest Shackleton died of a heart attack in the Antarctic Ocean in early 1922 has been shipped to Ireland as a lo(...)

David Donoghue, Ireland’s ambassador to the UN: ‘At the moment, our stock is very high.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

A series of events has been organised this year to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations, yet the agreement of th(...)

John Bruton: “We would lose the common EU framework for the whole island that has contributed so much to peace and is specifically acknowledged in the Belfast Agreement.”  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union could lead to the introduction of passport controls within the island of Ireland for the fi(...)

Service to operate three times a week from next April.

Norwegian Air International is planning to launch a number of services from Cork Airport, beginning with flights to Boston early next year. The airli(...)

 Migrants wait in front of Croatian police officers near the entrance of a reception centre close to Croatia’s border with Serbia in Opatovac. European governments have pushed through by majority vote a divisive deal to share the resettlement of  120,000 refugees across the bloc. Photograph: Zoltan Balough/EPA.

European governments have pushed through by majority vote a divisive deal to share 120,000 refugees after clashing over whether the quotas would be im(...)

Most bees prefer plants which have flowers at the blue, purple and pink end of the colour spectrum, while plants like clover and knapweed are particularly successful at attracting them. File photograph: Natural England/PA Wire

Ireland’s motorways and railways are to be “rewilded” to create bee highways in an attempt to save them from extinction and their food supplies from (...)

Migrants  at Salzburg station in Austria on a train to Germany. Photograph: Guenter Schiffmann/AFP/Getty Images

As the migration crisis continues to overwhelm Europe, one of the biggest casualties of the current impasse may be the Schengen Area, the EU’s border-(...)