Liga Legzdina, a native Latvian who converted to Islam, on a bus in a suburb of the capital Riga. The government in Latvia is working on proposed legislation that would ban face-covering veils worn by Muslim women from public spaces. Photograph: Reinis Hofmanis/The New York Times

With her niqab, a face-covering Islamic veil that reveals just the wearer’s eyes, Liga Legzdina stands out amid pine trees, grasslands and wood-panell(...)

Many consistently confuse the Czech Republic, with its predecessor, Czechoslovakia, or its cousin, Slovakia. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

The Czech Republic is set to change is name to “Czechia” in an effort to achieve greater recognition on the global stage. The Czechs, pushed and pu(...)

Bert Williams with new British record cod

Bert Williams from Prenton, Wirral, in Liverpool, is celebrating after landing the biggest cod ever caught by a British angler, according to a report(...)

James McClean celebrates after slotting home a penalty  in the friendly international against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Republic of Ireland 2 Slovakia 2 If Slovakia really left thinking that this is typical of what they can expect from England and Wales in June then th(...)

While competition is still not strong enough to warrant free fees across the board, there are signs that banks are improving their offerings, with reduced fees now easier to come by

It may not have made the recent election manifestos, but banking charges are another insidious drain on our finances that were unheard of pre-crisis. (...)

Shay Given is behind Jack Butland in the pecking order at Stoke City. Photograph: Christof Koepsel/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill admits that Shay Given’s chances of making it to France this summer may have been boosted by the unfortunat(...)

Brand under pressure: the Volkswagen emblem. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Volkswagen Group is recalling more than 430 high-end SUVs in Ireland as part of a global recall of about 800,000 vehicles because of potential problem(...)

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PROBLEM: My son is in transition year and attends a fee-paying school in Dublin. He has always been curious about medicine. However, I don’t think he(...)

Slovakia’s prime minister Robert Fico’s challenge, much like Enda Kenny’s, is to salvage power after an inconclusive election that saw his governing S(...)

Some 208 houses in Cruise Park, Tyrrelstown are likely to be sold after a so-called vulture firm acquired the development loan for the estate. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dozens of families facing eviction from their homes in Tyrrelstown west Dublin will meet public representatives tonight to see if steps can be taken t(...)