Avarizia and Via Crucis, new  books on the Vatican by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, on display  in a bookshop in Naples. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

“And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.” It may just have been a coincidence but,(...)

Suitcases signifying the Irish women who travel abroad to access abortion services, outside the Department of the Taoiseach. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Almost 1,500 women travelled from Ireland to the Netherlands over a seven year-period to have abortions. The figures, gathered from the 17 abortion cl(...)

Spectators try to cool off with cold water on the side of the street during first stage of the 2015 Tour de France in Utrecht, Netherlands. Photograph: Marcel van Hoorn/EPA

Saturday, stage one, 13.4km individual time trial in Utrecht: What is my third Tour de France got underway on Saturday with an individual time trial (...)

Dan Martin: “I had a frustrating spring with crashes and I’m really motivated to do something in this Tour.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anyone who follows professional cycling in general, and the Tour de France in particular, knows that this sport is a very unpredictable one. The open(...)

After the race’s first rest day on July 13th, the battle continues with three mountain stages, each ending with uphill finishes.  Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

It’s being billed as the most open race since Stephen Roche’s 1987 Tour de France win, with four very evenly-matched leaders going head-to-head ove(...)

Police officers ride through the centre of Utrecht on Thursday. The police workers’ union has announced it  will stage actions during the grand départ of the Tour de France in Utrecht on July 4th. Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/EPA

Dutch police have threatened to bring the second day of the Tour de France grinding to a halt on the iconic Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam next Sunday(...)

The Netherlands’ king Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima sample regional cuisine during King’s Day (Koningsdag), the celebration of the birthday of the king, in Dordrecht on April 27th, 2015. Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/AFP/Getty Images 2:49

The prestigious Order of Orange-Nassau has been awarded in the birthday honours list of the king of the Netherlands to a spoof nominee from a televisi(...)

Today is a good day to look ahead to some positive developments in the field of medicine for 2015.It’s not that long ago that MRSA and other healthcar(...)

Climate conditions in Sweden “are appropriate for the products we sell: waterproof and breathable boots”.

Look closer at the well-heeled Stockholm crowd and you might notice something familiar: the Galway Boot from Irish company Dubarry. The Ballina(...)

Philomena Lee: her search for her adopted son prompted the film. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film Philomena is among the speakers who will address a conference on adoption at University College Cork (...)