From the end of 2015 the Irish Cadbury plant will no longer produce wafer Time Out bars and pink Snack chocolate wafers.

Cadbury-owner Mondelez has decided to wave goodbye to one of our national tea-time gems; the Pink Snack bar.The announcement comes following news that(...)

 Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

A tank of pro-Russian separatists on the road from Donetsk to Novoazovsk, Mariupol district, in Ukraine  on Tuesday. A ceasefire deal for the country is in limbo after international talks only highlighted disagreement over the plan. Photograph: Andrey Borodulin/AFP/Getty Images

A ceasefire deal for Ukraine is in limbo after international talks only highlighted disagreement over the plan, and Washington accused Moscow of lyin(...)

Kelly Proper on her way to winning the women’s 200m final at the National Senior Indoor Championships at the Athlone International Arena. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

IAN O’RIORDAN Only a medical student could talk about recruiting as many fast twitch muscle fibres as possible in such exact terms. For Mark English (...)

Siac’s problems with roadbuilding contracts in Poland forced it to seek High Court protection from its creditors and the appointment of an examiner. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Building group Siac will confirm it made a €1.1 million profit from the sale of its share in a high-profile toll road to a Dutch investment fund for (...)

The Nissan Leaf at a recharging station: the car will be available to buyers in France for €14,390 from April as a result of a new swappage scheme

Europe’s appetite for electrically powered cars surged by 37 per cent last year, but still made up just more than half a per cent of the continent’s n(...)

EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici said the decline in oil price, depreciating euro and recently-launched quantitative easing programme by the ECB would provide ‘a welcome shot in the arm for the EU economy’. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The German euro-zone motor has bounced back into life, pulling the bloc’s economy behind it, after notoriously tight-fisted German consumers lifted(...)

An elderly woman reacts as her acquaintances board a bus to flee due to a military conflict in Debaltseve, Ukraine. The IMF is seeking to negotiate a new multiyear extended fund facility with the troubled country. Photograph: Sergey Polezhaka /Reuters

The West does not like to think it is at war with Russia. Yet the Russian government seems to think it is at war with the West. For President Vladimir(...)

A Ukrainian serviceman jumps off a tank damaged during fighting with pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Alexei Chernyshev

Poland has indicated it is willing to back the US on supplying defensive arms to Ukraine should today’s planned talks with Russia in Minsk fail to bri(...)

Journalists waiting for a meeting of the four-way summit on eastern Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Western powers have vowed swiftly to toughen their stance against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine if they judge that today’s peace talks are a fa(...)