Heroin, cannabis resin, cocaine, ecstasy and PVP with an estimated street value of up to €90,000 was seized during the searches.

Drugs with an estimated street value of up to €90,000 have been seized as part of the Garda Síochána’s Operation Thor crime crackdown. Gardaí in the (...)

Iraqi troops stand guard at the entrance of the Nineveh base for liberation operations in Makhmur, about 280 kilometres (175 miles) north of the capital Baghdad. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

Iraq’s military is mobilising troops to prepare for an offensive the government has pledged to launch this year to retake the northern city of Mosul f(...)

Smoke billows from a coking factory in Hefei, Anhui province in China. In China, burning coal was the biggest contributor to air pollution. This alone was responsible for around 366,000 Chinese deaths in 2013. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Air pollution kills more than 5.5 million people each year, new research has shown. Most of the deaths occur in China and India, two of the world’s f(...)

Students embrace after leaving campus after two teens were shot on Friday at Independence High School in the Phoenix suburb. Photograph: Matt York/AP

The shooting of two 15-year-old girls at an Arizona high school was an apparent murder-suicide, police have said. The incident at Independence High S(...)

Church of Ireland Notes

1916 Event In Christ Church, Dublin The Church of Ireland Historical Centenaries Working Group will mark the centenary of the Easter Rising with an e(...)

Sir, – There has been public commentary bemoaning the Taoiseach’s refusal on the televised debate on February 11th to indicate his own personal prefer(...)

The Special Criminal Court

Sir, – Whatever one’s politics and one’s view of the “past”, some credit is due to Sinn Féin for highlighting the existence of the Special Criminal Co(...)

Armed gangs and gun crime

A chara, – Two brief points. The first was put forcefully to me by the late Tony Gregory. That was that while he could never get the Garda to come whe(...)

First day of spring

Sir, – Every year we have the usual debate about the first day of spring. Scientists and traditionalists debate and disagree, but they are all incorr(...)

Gravitational waves

Sir, — The existence of gravitational waves has been confirmed. Dick Ahlstrom explains that as they pass, invisibly and harmlessly through the Earth, (...)