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(...)

Lima was never going to save the world. What the UN’s 20th climate change conference (Cop20) was meant to do, however, was to lay firm foundations for(...)

Europe captain Paul McGinley, right, with Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. “I see my role as quite a big one, because we are going into the unknown. With the Ryder Cup captaincy, I knew what I was doing,” said McGinley. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Typical of Paul McGinley really to leave no stone unturned. When Redmond O’Donoghue – the chairman of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland – first co(...)

A man arrested by police in Rio de Janeiro on suspicion of murder has confessed to killing 42 people over the past decade. Photograph: Getty Images

A man arrested by police in Rio de Janeiro on suspicion of murder has confessed to killing 42 people over the past decade, making him potentially one (...)