UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey accepts the best female athlete award at the 2015 ESPYS  in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

At the ESPYs (America’s rather lame attempt at a sporting Oscars) earlier this month, Ronda Rousey collected the “Fighter of the Year” gong and the(...)

Sinéad Diver from Belmullet, Co Mayo, has just been confirmed on the Australian team for the IAAF world contest in Beijing.

A Mayo woman, who took up competitive running accidentally just four years ago, has been selected to represent Australia in this year’s athletics worl(...)

Riot policemen fire tear gas against residents of the Complexo Alemao during protests calling attention to the violence that erupts during police operations against suspected drug traffickers in the Rio de Janeiro slum in early April.  The slum has once again experienced violent clashes with police following the death of  Eduardo de Jesus Ferreira (10). Photograph: Rafael Fabres/AFP/Getty Images

Residents in one of Brazil’s biggest slums demonstrated over the fatal shooting of a young boy in the area, allegedly at the hands of police.Some prot(...)

Gendarmerie and French mountain rescue teams arrive near the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. Photograph: by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images

July 17th, 2014: Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashes near Grabove in eastern Ukraine. The 298 people on board were killed on the flight from Amsterd(...)

Protesters in cities across Brazil held marches to pressure Rousseff over unpopular budget cuts and a corruption scandal that has snared leaders of her political coalition. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have marched peacefully in more than 50 cities to demand President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and to criticise g(...)

Shauna O’Neill, who was previously awarded a Clipper round world race bursary and now works for the Children in Crossfire charity. File photograph: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race have appealed to young people in Derry or Strabane who are over 18 and currently out of work to a(...)

Annalise Murphy:  may face the prospect of a trial even though she won a Laser Radial nation place at last year’s ISAF World Cup in Spain. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Irish sailing will get its first Olympic trial of the 2016 quadrennial this summer as places for Aquece Rio, the second of two Rio 2016 test events(...)

Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 after it was lifted onto the Crest Onyx ship at sea earlier in January 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

An AirAsia jet which crashed last month with 162 people on board climbed at an abnormally high rate before plunging downwards and then disappearin(...)

Auguste Comte: His positivist philosophy looks to science to understand the workings of society. Photograph: Prisma/UIG/Getty Images

The imposing building on Benjamin Constant Road in Rio de Janeiro did nothing to mark Christmas, even though it is a church.There was no tree or crib (...)

A man sits on a deck over the Rio Carioca, in which scientists discovered a new bacteria, near Guanabara Bay, venue for  the Olympic sailing events in Rio 2016. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters.

Water at the sailing venue for Rio 2016, described as filthy by sailors whohave trained there, has been found to contain a “super bacteria” that is r(...)