Rory McIlroy shaking hands with Billy Horschel of the US at the East Lake Golf Club yesterday in Atlanta. Photograph: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

A High Court judge today ordered the world’s number one golfer Rory McIlroy and his former management company, Horizon Sports Management, to engage(...)

German airline Lufthansa passenger planes on the tarmac at Frankfurt. Photograph: Boris Roessler/EPA

German investor confidence dropped to the weakest in 21 months amid increasing political tension in Europe, even as the European Central Bank steps up(...)

Chimney pots line the rooftops of houses in the Herne Hill district of London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

House prices have reached a new record high of £272,000 on average after surging by 11.7 per cent over the last year, according to an official report.(...)

The Apple Watch hype has been remarkable, given the device’s obvious shortcomings. Do people need or want a phone on their wrist? Why bother, when sma(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan told ‘The Irish Times’ private schools funding “will feature in budgetary discussions”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Seven fee-paying schools are in discussions with the Department of Education about abandoning “private” status amid renewed claims the Government’s dr(...)

Volunteers outside the Yes Shetland office in Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. Photograph: Colm Keena 2:36

Jack and Ruby Pottinger, both natives of Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands, have a small “No thanks” poster in a window of their home, whic(...)

British prime minister David Cameron delivers a speech in Aberdeen yesterday: “On Friday, people could be living in a different country, with a different place in the world and a different future ahead of it.” Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez 1:51

British prime minister David Cameron has issued a visibly emotional plea to Scots not to vote Yes in Thursday’s independence referendum, saying that(...)

Members of  King of Scots Robert the Bruce Society, hold the Scottish flags as they prepare to vote in the Scottish independence referendum   in Loch Lomond. “The Scots have already sent a message: the current political settlement of strong oligarchies and weak democracies cannot stand.”   (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

I never thought I’d find myself defending nationalism. As a political ideology, the proposition that an Irish crook should be closer to me than an Eng(...)

Prof John Brewer of Queen’s University, Belfast

“This is a Rubicon,” says Prof John Brewer of Queen’s University, Belfast. “Irrespective of a Yes or a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum(...)

British prime minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before the historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning today that a breakaway vote would be irreversible. Photograph: Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before the historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remai(...)