Facebook  chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says his success with Facebook has come  by making plenty of mistakes and learning from them. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Now we know why Facebook is so unafraid to make mistakes, whether it is the company’s privacy stumbles or new products that fail, like Facebook Home (...)

A restored T-72 tank stands as a memorial commemorating for the capture of the town Shusha beside the street between Stepanakert and Shushi  in Nagorno-Karabakh. File photograph: Matthias Schumann/Getty Images

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Supporters of the Hizmet movement of US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen shout slogans and hold copies of the Zaman newspaper as they take part in a demonstration a day after Turkish police began an operation targeting the media close to the Hizmet movement, in Istanbul. Photograph: Sedat Suna

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended weekend raids on media outlets close to a US-based Muslim cleric as a necessary response to “dirty(...)

Paddy ‘Rala’ O’Reilly celebrates with the Ireland rugby team on there way back to Dublin after winning the Six Nations last season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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President of COP20, Peruvian minister of environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (right) and executive secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres applaud after the approval of  document dubbed The Lima Call for Climate Action. Photograph: EPA

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Workers of Zaman nespapers and supporters of Fethullah Gulen Movement argue with police officers inside of Zaman newspaper  in Istanbul, Turkey Photograph: Selahattin Sevi/EPA

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Wine: Get the party started

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Ireland, Co Wexford: €150,000, Warren Estates
Take Five for €150,000

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A Syrian refugee girl makes tea inside a caravan at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. The UN World Food Programme has said it is restarting food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt after it received enough donations to fund the halted programme. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The United Nations refugee agency urged rich nations on Tuesday to show solidarity with Syria’s neighbours by making pledges to resettle the most vuln(...)

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