Real Texas Chili and Classic GuacamolePhotograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ah, the 1980s. The decade when Tex Mex hit Ireland for the first time. And it took the country – or maybe it was just me – by storm. In fairness(...)

An Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador, in San Salvador. For the  first time the virus has been detected in the saliva and urine of two patients. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

Zika has been identified in the saliva and urine of two patients infected by the virus, a leading Brazilian health institute has said. It is the firs(...)

Both pro- and anti-choice sides were dumbfounded by the outcome. The accused had been acquitted, the accusers indicted. The spectacular backfire might have been less of a surprise (although would still have been surprising) in Manhattan or San Francisco. But in Sheldon country?

Until just last week, the only thing many of us knew about Harris County is that it is located in east Texas, where Sheldon Cooper comes from. Sheld(...)

 Brandon Astor Jones: convicted of murdering a convenience store manager in Atlanta in 1979. His execution was the fifth this year in the United States, and the first of two scheduled this month in Georgia. Photograph:  AFP/Georgia Department of Corrections

A 72-year-old man convicted of murdering a convenience store manager in a 1979 robbery in Atlanta’s suburbs was executed in Georgia early on Wednesday(...)

An Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the Zika virus,  photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil.  Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

A case of Zika virus infection transmitted by sex, rather than mosquito bite, has been discovered in Texas. The Dallas County health and human service(...)

An Aedes aegypti mosquito  in a laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2nd, 2016. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

A new method to render male mosquitoes infertile by nuclear radiation could help reduce populations of insects carrying the Zika virus linked to thous(...)

A young supporter wears campaign stickers on her face as Democratic presidential candidate  Hillary Clinton speaks during a ‘get out to caucus’ event at Washington High School on January 30th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Iowa caucuses: how they work
  • US
  • February 1, 2016, 11:51

The battle for the US presidency shifts into a new gear with the start of states’ caucuses and primary elections in February 2016, beginning with the (...)

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Dubuque Airport in Iowa, on Saturday: the presidential candidate staged a fly-by in his red and black Boeing 757, dubbed “Trump Force One”, before landing. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Abraham Sheffield stands in a large function room of the University of Iowa’s university club, cradling his restless 16-week-old son as his other twin(...)

 Lavoy Finicum who was one of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon: he was shot dead. Photograph: by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

There was a dramatic turning point in the four-week armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon on Tuesday when the FBI arrested eight leaders of (...)

The DeLorean DMC-12.

A small number of the “time machine” cars made famous by Back To The Future could be produced by next year, the DeLorean Motor Company has said. The (...)