Spook show: Stellan Skarsgård as a London copper who can’t get the dead out of his head in the BBC’s River

The opening sequence of River (BBC One, Tuesday) reels me in. A woman and a giant of a man are in a car; she’s eating junk food and singing along to T(...)

A view of a Moy Park plant. The poultry producer has been sold by its owner to a 	Brazilian company in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Photograph: Brian Hallam/Moy Park

Moy Park, Northern Ireland’s biggest private employer, has been sold by its Brazilian owner to a local rival in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Debt-la(...)

Brazil Independence day at University of Limerick

Despite the offer of a scholarship in Spain worth twice as much as one from Ireland, when it came to deciding where to do her doctoral research, Br(...)

Street vendors protesting against a 20 per cent increase in the cost of water yell at riot police in 2000, in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Photograph: Gonzalo Espinoza/AFP/Getty Images

If the debacle of Irish Water suggests the State is “heading gradually” towards ungovernability, as Fintan O’Toole suggested in these pages recently, (...)

Brazilian presidential candidates Dilma Roussef (left) and Marina Silva before their final campaign debate on TV Globo in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: EPA/Antonio Lacerda

At the heart of tomorrow’s presidential election in Brazil is a remarkable political epic starring three former colleagues now locked in a bitter d(...)

Left behind: Caroline Dwyer and her daughter Aisling in room 457 of Hotel las Americas, in Santa Cruz. Photograph: Julien Behal/Phoenix Films

They wore summer dresses and sandals, and you could at first glance have mistaken them for a mother and daughter off on a girls’ holiday together. But(...)

Michael Dwyer: an elite police unit stormed the hotel  in which he was staying   on April 16th, 2009. Mr Dwyer and two others were shot dead in the raid. Photograph: PA Wire

The mother and sister of Michael Dwyer have made an “emotional but necessary” visit to the hotel room in Santa Cruz where the Irish man was shot dead(...)

Paul Singer: To his enemies he is one of capitalism’s vultures who swoops down to feed off the weak.

One of the titans of Wall Street, Paul Singer is in many ways the embodiment of modern global capitalism.From his offices in New York he has just for(...)

 James Rodriguez of Colombia:  the 22-year-old has a bright and rewarding future ahead of him if this tournament is anything to go by. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

An early contender for my tournament highlight came in May several weeks before a ball had been kicked when Fifa emailed to confirm the approval of th(...)

A Brazilian fan during the 7-1 semi final defeat to Germany  in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: EPA

In the end, for Brazil, there was only humiliation. This 7-1 hammering at the hands of Germany on an incredible, surreal evening in Belo Horizo(...)