US citizen Matthew Todd Miller (C) standing trial at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North korea, 10 days ago. Photograph:  EPA/KCNA South Korea handout. 1:05

Matthew Miller, an American held in North Korea since April for “hostile acts”, began a six-year hard labour sentence today that he said involved f(...)

The former US president Jimmy Carter has written to   Enda Kenny and other members of the Oireachtas urging them to back a justice committee recommendation to criminalise the buyers of sex. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

Former US president Jimmy Carter has written to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other members of the Oireachtas urging them to adopt a recommendation to (...)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: treatment of her in the halls of Capitol Hill shows even the highest offices in the land are not immune from sexual harassment that is common against women elsewhere in American society. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior Democratic senator from New York, sparked a flurry of watercooler chatter, talkshow outrage and online indignation in t(...)

 An undated handout photograph provided by GlobalPost oshows American journalist James Foley who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in  Syria. The Islamic State (IS) militia released a video on 20 August 2014 purporting to show the decapitation of Foley. Photograph:  Nicole Tung / Courtesy of Global/EPA 1:10

US president Barack Obama has said the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants “shocked the conscience of the entire w(...)

James Brady, selected by president-elect Ronald Reagan to become his press secretary, talking to reporters after the announcement was made in Washington in 1981. Photograph: Walt Zebowski/AP Photo

James Brady, who has died aged 73, was the principal victim of John Hinckley’s attempt to kill American president Ronald Reagan. The bullet that lodge(...)

Fr Patrick Devine with executive director of the Kennedy Institute  Peter Cassells.

The Edward M Kennedy Institute in Maynooth has agreed a partnership with the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (SCCRR) in Kenya(...)

Meditating on mortality: Klaus Maria Brandauer in Krapp’s Last Tape. Photographs: Das Letzte Band

There are three events that Sean Doran recalls, over the course of a varied international career as an artistic director, when he thought he had fi(...)

Former US president Jimmy Carter: ‘When I read every word in the Bible about Jesus Christ, he never once insinuated that women were inferior to me.’ Photograph: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Jimmy Carter doesn’t sugar-coat it – the number of females either aborted or strangled at birth in countries where the subjugation of women is (...)

Chris Pavone: Books are for readers, and chances are fairly high that they don’t care about you, even a tiny bit. They want to be entertained or educated or seduced or terrified or blown away by the beauty of a spectacular sentence, and their desires are probably not going to be satisfied with 115,000 words about your teenage angst.
Brought to book: Chris Pavone
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  • March 20, 2014, 15:36

Chris Pavone follows the success of his first novel, The Expats, a Kindle number one bestseller and a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller, with The Acci(...)

There were 112 proposals made between 1937 and 2013 for the reform of the Seanad, Marie-Louise O’Donnell said

There were 112 proposals made between 1937 and 2013 for the reform of the Seanad, Marie-Louise O’Donnell said.They covered such matters as size and co(...)