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Tech start-ups to boost business travel to Africa According to the World Bank technology start-ups are flourishing across Africa and will help boost e(...)

Helmut Schmidt: handsome, witty and supremely self-possessed, he was a magnetic speaker and a pugnacious debater. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

Helmut Schmidt, a former West German chancellor who has died aged 96, combined personal dynamism, managerial brilliance and an often acid-tongued impa(...)

Former US president George HW Bush: “Like many uptight, upper-class families, the Bushes seem unable to directly confront tensions and talk to each other candidly. In the case of the Bushes, this ended up rupturing the globe.” Photograph: Aida Crawley/EPA

Westeros. I visited HBO’s Game of Thrones set in Belfast last week and, after watching Daenerys Targaryen in firelight for a couple hours, I learned h(...)

Paula Douglas, who was adopted in Ireland and now lives in the United States, pictured with her daughter Caitlin

Paula Douglas has known she was adopted from as early as she can remember. Her Irish mother Lil Holmes told her when she was four. Yet, she rem(...)

Garret  FitzGerald  with Mr Tip O’Neill (right), speaker of the US House of Representatives, and congressman Dan Rostenkowaki  at Dromland Castle, Co Clare in 1984. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

‘Your paper is Dublin? That’s south of the Border, right?” This was Governor Ronald Reagan, in an interview in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 10th, 1(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  is completely right about the record: historically, the economy has indeed done better under Democrats. Photograph: Katherine Taylor/Reuters

Last week the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed article by Carly Fiorina titled “Hillary Clinton Flunks Economics”, ridiculing Clinton’s assertio(...)

Former US senator Fred Thompson. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Fred D Thompson, a former US senator, actor and Republican presidential candidate, died on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 73. The cause was a(...)

Former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau with his sons Justin (left), Sacha (right) in Ottawa in a 1983 file photo.  Photograph: Andy Clark/Reuters

As a young man, Justin Trudeau continually sought respite from his father’s long shadow. He debated in university as Jason Tremblay, boxed as Justin (...)

Liberal judges have dissented from conservative majority decisions with language that was equally vehement and that also questioned the majority’s sincerity

The Irish and US Constitutions both recognise a right to same sex marriage. While the Irish decision was a result of over a million “yes” votes, the U(...)

US senator Edward Kennedy: He played a key role in Northern Ireland, voicing concerns about the violence from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Throughout the difficult negotiations leading to the 1998 Belfast Agreement, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern kept in regular contact with US senator Edwar(...)