Signs made by attendees hang at the offices of 32BJ SEIU, a workers’ union, during a viewing party for US President Barack Obama’s speech on evecutive action immigration policy reform last night in New York City. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

What did President Obama announce about immigration last night?In a televised address from the White House, Mr Obama announced a series of executive o(...)

Joachim Löw has lasted this long because his team has spent eight years roaming in the gloaming between success and failure. 1:50

In an age when professionalism and TV have caused the different styles of football around the world to converge, World Cup dugouts at least remain ple(...)

One of the  graves in the 207-year-old Congressional Cemetery is that of   Leonard Matlovich, the Vietnam War veteran  who fought  the ban on homosexuals in the military. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Dog owners are a powerful breed in the United States, particularly when they work in packs. The Congressional Cemetery, almost two miles east of the U(...)

Daniel Day-Lewis is to  be awarded a knighthood after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Multi-award-winning actor, and Wicklow resident, Daniel Day-Lewis is to be knighted.He is one of more than 1,100 people from the UK and beyond to be r(...)

Members of Loughrea Arts, Recreation and Culture  at the boarded up Loughrea Town Hall. From front: Fiona Keane of the East Galway Youth Theatre with her daughter Orlagh and son Adam, John Kelly of the Seumas O’Kelly Players (as Lord Lascelles), Mary Davison of Loughrea Active Retirement, and John Creaven of the Seumas O’Kelly Players. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Musician Tony Callanan might not have too much in common with Toto, the Sicilian boy who forged a close bond with projectionist Alfredo in Giuseppe T(...)

Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

One of the great misconceptions in life, applied to literature but not to other art forms, is that reading for the sake of it is a good thing. No s(...)

Narendra Modi, the next prime minister of India, in Ahmedabad yesterday. He will change Indian politics and economics. Photograph: Amit Dave

Surjit Bhalla, an Indian economist, has written to me that India’s is “the most momentous election in world history”. I disagree: the elections of Abr(...)

Being Miley Cyrus
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She’d better not bail. I’ll be furious if she cancels. No, I’m not talking about a flaky best friend, I am talking about international pop star(...)

A mural honouring Frederick Douglass in Belfast.

Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave forced to flee the US in 1845, aboard the paddlesteamer Cambria out of Boston, when his autobiography, Narrati(...)

Akhil Sharma to aspiring authors: “Don’t do it! And if you are going to do it, take joy in the satisfactions that come from writing and don’t wait for the book to be done to be happy”. Photograph: Bill Miller

Born in India and raised in the US, Akhil Sharma is the author of An Obedient Father, for which he won the 2001 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2001 Whiti(...)