The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, where a three-week festival, Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture, will take place next year. Photograph: Getty Images

The lead-up to the centenary of the 1916 Rising presents many opportunities to reflect on the diverse and complex history of this island. And think(...)

A view of a Moy Park plant. The poultry producer has been sold by its owner to a 	Brazilian company in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Photograph: Brian Hallam/Moy Park

Moy Park, Northern Ireland’s biggest private employer, has been sold by its Brazilian owner to a local rival in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Debt-la(...)

Trash band: The Cateura Orchestra of Recycled Instruments in front of their music school in Cateura, Paraguay. Photo: Landfill Harmonic 3:30

Many of the young people in the Cateura slum in Asunción, Paraguay’s capital, pin their hopes on landing careers as football players or pop stars. (...)

 British Foreign Secretary  Philip Hammond: ‘The uncomfortable truth is that the EU’s growth rate is far below that needed to reduce unemployment to acceptable levels and is being challenged not only by Asia, but also by the US.’ Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Right across the continent, anti-EU parties have made huge gains in recent years – in local, national and European elections. We need to respond by ma(...)

Christopher Morris, a chef from Fethard in Co Tipperary, was found dead in an apartment in the city of Las Heras in Mendoza, Argentina,  on Monday.

The son of a leading Irish race horse trainer has died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning while travelling in South America. Christopher Morris(...)

A view of the house of Nicolas Leoz, former head of South America’s football federation. Photograph: Jorge Adorno/Reuters

The former head of South America’s soccer federation was put under house arrest Monday evening, a senior police official said. The arrest of Nicolas (...)

I never saw the filmThe Exorcist, because I am a coward. Watching a little girl’s head spin 360 degrees or seeing her spewing green vomit just didn’t (...)

A marbled salamander moves through the forest litter on its way to a nearby pond to breed. Its distribution and range are increasing in response to warming winter temperatures. Credit: Mark Urban

One in six of the planet’s species are likely to disappear if climate change continues unchecked, according to fresh research. The losses will be part(...)

Meet the Tomtato: You say tomato, I say potato . . . but now meet the “tomtato”. Gardeners have taken to this strange plant in a big way. Its ‘(...)

This view from Puerto Varas. Authorities ordered an evacuation for a 10-kilometer (six-mile) radius around the volcano, which is the second in southern Chile to have a substantial eruption since March 3rd, when the Villarrica volcano emitted a brief but fiery burst of ash and lava. Photograph: David Cortes/AFP/Getty Images 1:25

Chile’s Calbuco volcano has erupted for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely-populated mountainous area.Au(...)