Vladimir Putin:  has utterly failed to diversify Russia’s economy during 15 years in power. Photograph: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Russia’s year began with a spectacular display of sporting prowess, organisational ability and, above all, financial muscle. The Winter Olympics in So(...)

Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

Getting the recipe right in the feeding pens brings results: 10 per cent more milk produced, 10 per cent less food needed; a roughly similar reduction in the amount of methane coming from each cow

Cows are boring creatures, preferring the same food every day, mixed in the same way. The secret to feeding them, however, is far from simple, says Ge(...)

A fruit vendor  at a Cairo market. Government interventions aim to improve life for Egyptians. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images

The Egyptian economy has begun to show signs of recovery from the turmoil that followed the 2011 ousting of then president Hosni Mubarak during the Ar(...)

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued approx 40km off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Governments must focus on saving lives rather than keeping foreigners out at a time when more people than ever are embarking on risky sea crossings in(...)

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries forecast demand for the group’s oil will drop to 28.92 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2015, down 280,000 bpd

Global demand for Opec crude in 2015 will be less than expected and far below its current output, the group said on Wednesday, pointing to a hefty sup(...)

An  undated handout file photo provided by the FBI of  Adnan Shukrijumah. The Pakistan military issued a statement saying he  was killed in a raid in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area. Photograph: FBI

Pakistani soldiers have killed a top al-Qaeda operative who was charged in the United States for his alleged involvement in a plot to bomb New York’s (...)

The decline in oil prices should be helpful to the world economy, albeit with caveats. Photograph: Getty/iStockphoto

What does the decline in oil prices mean for the world economy? The answer depends on why it has happened and how long it might last. But overall it s(...)

Nurse Donna Chavez, who worked in Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin, was found guilty of  professional misconduct

A nurse who gave the wrong dose of drugs to a baby in intensive care and deliberately hid her error, has been found guilty of professional misconduct.(...)

Iraqi security forces take part in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State (IS) militants in Adhaim, a village in Diyala province north of Baghdad. The Lebanese army detained a wife and a son of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria in recent days, security officials have said. Photograph: Reuters

The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine days ago, security of(...)