Australia’s batsman Steve Smith acknowledges the crowd after scoring his century during his Cricket World Cup semi-final match against India. Photograph: Reuters

For the second successive World Cup the joint hosts will contest the final. Australia against New Zealand, a final of which the organisers might have (...)

Former South African president  Nelson Mandela: the  sequel is based on a little known manuscript Mandela wrote by hand but never completed, chronicling his time as the country’s first black president. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

“I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest(...)

South Africa are out to banish their pre-tournament tags. Photograph: Indranil Mukharjee/Getty Images

The World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park today has more at stake than a first final for the winner.Both teams will h(...)

If the essence of the best sporting drama is great skill, unfortunate mistakes, nail-biting anxiety and unfettered joy, the final weekend of the 2015 (...)

A Co Down civil engineer on Monday admitted having sex with an animal, believed to be a dog, as well as possession and distribution of child pornography

A Co Down civil engineer on Monday admitted having sex with an animal, believed to be a dog, as well as possession and distribution of child pornograp(...)

Former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt has been convicted of rape and sexual assault in South Africa. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters.

Former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt has been convicted of rape and sexual assault in South Africa. Judge Bert Bam said he is s(...)

Tourism Ireland spent about €65,000 on greening over 120 buildings and monuments worldwide, including the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building as part of an international promotion of our national day. Photograph: Getty Images

Sydney Opera House charged Tourism Ireland more than any other global landmark to “go green” for St Patrick’s Day last year, figures reveal. Tourism I(...)

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)

‘The Government operates a system of direct provision for asylum-seekers, so that each adult gets €19.10 a week, along with accommodation and food. People languish for years in a system originally intended to be a temporary measure for six months or so.’ Above, a group of  asylum seekers, refugees and supporters which marched from the Dáil to the Department of Justice last year protesting about the system of direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Some time ago, I visited a direct provision hostel that is within walking distance of the Dáil. Although it is so centrally located, no one to whom I (...)

The nine-hour transplant was part of a pilot study by Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch.

South African doctors have successfully performed the world’s first penis transplant on a young man who had his organ amputated after a botched circum(...)