Anthony Kearns: ‘I suppose music is the crowd-calmer before the pope. We are the peace-making force. Music tames the savage beast.’ Photograph: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol Concerts

At a ceremony in Philadelphia tomorrow afternoon, Irish tenor Anthony Kearns will be the opening act for one of the biggest events of his career. The (...)

 Lisa Bruton from Malahide attends to her horse ahead of the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show in the RDS in Dublin.   Photo: Sam Boal/

That hardy summer annual, the Dublin Horse Show, gets under way on Wednesday morning at the RDS. Now in its 142nd year, this fixture of the Irish sum(...)

Michael Bloomberg , former New York Mayor and founder of media company Bloomberg, is clashing with key staff.

This year, after Michael Bloomberg reasserted control over the company he founded and began to scrutinise its online operations, he suggested in a me(...)

Prof Stephen O’Rahilly, who discovered the obesity gene affecting children, is head of  clinical biochemistry and director of the Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge. Photograph: Phil Mynott

Stephen O’Rahilly struggles with his weight. “I have a very powerful appetite, I eat too much. I would find it impossible to skip lunch,” the Cambridg(...)

The logo of HSBC bank. The Daily Telegraph’s departing political commentator, Peter Oborne complained this week that it had failed to cover tax evasion allegations against the bank for fear it would lose the institution’s advertising. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

Tim Butcher, who last year published a fine book on Gavrilo Princip, the assassin whose bullet set the fire that led to the first World War, began his(...)

Activists protest near the Manhattan apartment of billionaire and Republican financier David Koch last June in New York City. The demonstrators were protesting against the campaign contributions by the billionaire Koch brothers. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

With just 646 days to go, the 2016 US presidential race is already starting up and the ring is packed with various Republicans vying to prove who is t(...)

Police stand guard at a crime scene in the Bronx on Tuesday after two  New York plainclothes officers were shot and injured while responding to a grocery store robbery. Three suspects are being questioned. Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP

The widening rift between New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and city’s rank-and-file police officers over his police reforms and response to the kill(...)

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to continue the policy of making low-level marijuana arrests. Now his administration is publicly embracing the notion that small-scale possession of marijuana merits different treatment. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The New York Police Department, which has been arresting tens of thousands of people a year for low-level marijuana possession, is poised to stop maki(...)

British prime minister David Cameron speaks to media tycoon Michael  Bloomberg in New York City on Tuesday. He has apologised for a comment he made about the Queen during a discussion with Mr Bloomberg about her reaction to the Scottish Independence referendum outcome. Photograph: Christopher Goodney-Pool/Getty Images. 0:54

British prime minister David Cameron is to make an unprecedented apology in person to Queen Elizabeth II, after being caught privately describing her (...)

British prime minister David Cameron’s exchange with Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, was accidentally picked up yesterday by Sky News as they walked through an office in the businessman’s media empire. Photograph: Christopher Goodney/Getty Images 0:54

British prime minister David Cameron has been caught on camera talking about how the Queen “purred down the line” after he phoned her to say Scotland (...)