Marsha Mehran lived a reclusive life, an inquest heard

A coroner in Co Mayo has recorded an open verdict at an inquest into the death of an Iranian novelist at a rented apartment in Co Mayo.Marsha Mehran ((...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: expected to confirm shortly that the UK wants to restrict in-work benefits to migrants for several years. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Gordon Brown is usually described as the architect of Britain’s system of tax credits, which distributes welfare to millions of the lower paid. In (...)

Twenty years ago this month, the first Eurostar service left London’s Waterloo station for Paris. The service still its challenges as many of the carriages feel dated, while wifi is not available. Photograph: Reuters

Zipping through the sedate countryside of northern Belgium, the distinctive blue and yellow blur of the Eurostar can be seen, darting through the tunn(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, Siptu president Jack O’Connor, Mindy O’Brien of Voice and Roderic O’Gorman of the Green Party at the seminar in the Mansion House in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The manner in which Tánaiste Joan Burton was treated by some anti-water charge protesters in Tallaght at the weekend was “totally unacceptable”, Green(...)

Britain’s Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech on the British economy and his leadership in London on Thursday. He set himself the task of reminding his MPs what he was about, and what the party was for. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

If you want to hear a politician lift their oratory, push their back against the wall. It took a mix of cabinet rebellion and economic slump to provok(...)

From left, Miriam Gonzáles Durántez’s red Zara dress (2013); white Vivienne Westwood dress belonging to Shami Chakrabarti; Anne Hidalgo’s black wool Rech Paris suit with white silk blouse and wool scarf, worn the night she was elected mayor of Paris; Camila Batmanghelidjh’s Magbule Mulla cotton dress; Princess Charlene of Monaco’s racing car dress and dove-grey evening dress, both designed by Akris

What do the world’s most powerful women have in common? It’s not necessarily their acumen or intelligence. Often, it’s a distinct physical signifie(...)

Key players: former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbatchev, former US president George Bush and former German chancellor Helmut Kohl

329 days. Eleven months between the opening of the Wall and the “day of German unity”, the day when the two Germanys came together formally as (...)

A convoy of East German cars queue up at Unter den Linden avenue in East Berlin before crossing the border line under the Brandenburg Gate into West Berlin as a result of the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 11th, 1989. Photograph: Derrick Ceyrac/AFP/ Getty Images

‘We are pleased that German unification is taking place under a European roof”. These words from the conclusions of the European Communities summit in(...)

Thousands of young East Berliners on the Berlin Wall, near the Brandenburg Gate on November 11th, 1989.

The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 1989 was the most dramatic in an extraordinary sequence of events that led to the collapse of communism i(...)

Gerry Adams: told Taoiseach he walked on Saturday in the protests against water charges. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When times are rough, it’s good to have friends. Just like the song says: “Sometimes you want to go/ Where everybody knows your name/And they’re alway(...)