A record 270,000 to 280,000 refugees arrived in Germany in September, more than the total for 2014. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/AFP/Getty Images

There is a risk of violence among asylum seekers getting out of hand at accommodation centres in Germany, the country’s police union chief said on Fri(...)

Researchers analysed data on 5.5 million Swedish men and women with adult heights ranging between a diminutive 100 centimetres (3.3 ft) and lofty 225 centimetres (7.4 feet).

Being tall significantly increases the risk of cancer, the biggest study looking into the link has shown. Researchers analysed data on 5.5 million Swe(...)

Levels of tolerance are similar in Ireland to the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark, the most tolerant countries in the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish people are some of the most tolerant in the EU and are becoming more tolerant year by year, a Europe-wide survey has found. The Irish are now a(...)

Independent TD Joan Collins: has called for an increase in minimum wage.  Photograph:  Collins

About 220,000 children avail of free school breakfast and lunch, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton told the Dáil. She said her department ha(...)

Croatian prime minister Zoran Milanovic (centre) with armed forces officers during a visit to the  migrant transit camp in Opatovac. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Croatia’s prime minister Zoran Milanovic has rejected the possibility of talks with Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban over his threat to seal their c(...)

‘Horse With Jockey Up’ by Basil Blackshaw

All three major Dublin auction houses will hold their first art auctions of the autumn season on consecutive evenings beginning on Monday. Viewing (...)

I came to Runmarö to meet a peculiar entomologist with a gift for digression, and to try to understand the secret life of the Baltic island he has (...)

A demonstrator wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit at the protest in Lahti. Between 30 and 40 people waved the Finnish flag, threw stones and fireworks and shouted abuse at a bus carrying about 40 asylum seekers. Photograph: Markus Luukkonen/Lehtikuva/Reuters

Demonstrators threw stones and launched fireworks at a bus full of asylum seekers arriving at a reception centre in Lahti in southern Finland, late on(...)

A young Syrian outside his trailer at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Refugees’ resignation and resilience combine with major infrastructure investments to make the place feel ever more like an entrenched city than a makeshift way station. Photograph: Samuel Aranda/The New York Times

Bicycles are the new basics for the world’s largest concentration of Syrians who have fled their country’s bloody civil war. Thousands traverse thi(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: the Irish Tax Institute expects him to implement tax cuts worth €600 million to €700 million in the budget. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland risks deterring high- calibre foreign executives from moving here because of its relatively high tax rates, the Irish Tax Institute has warne(...)