Tim Moran returned to education after a long absence to upgrade his qualification

Tim Moran is doing an MA in leadership in early childhood care and education at IT Sligo. He is in his second of four semesters in the part-time, dis(...)

A scorched mesquite tree is seen among the thousands of acres that burned from wildfires during a severe drought outside Jayton, Texas, in 2011. Photograph: Elliott Blackburn/Reuters

The US south-west and the Great Plains will face decade-long droughts far worse than any experienced over the last 1,000 years because of climate chan(...)

 ‘Influenced by Zen and eastern spirituality, Thomas Merton defined contemplation as seeking God, coming to know one’s true self, and learning one’s relationship to the world. He regarded contemplation as the highest form of awareness.’  Photograph:  Archive Photos/Getty Images

The Seven Storey Mountain, which recounts Thomas Merton’s spiritual odyssey from disbelief to faith, opens: “On the last day of January 1915, in a yea(...)

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Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister and president of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), gestures during an election campaign rally in Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition cruised to a big election win on Sunday, ensuring he will stick to reflationary economic policies and a(...)

German-born US historian Fritz Stern speaks during a commemoration service for the 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by German officers

Fritz Stern has been an essential voice in German life for decades, though he fled the country as a 12-year-old boy. The historian, essayist and autho(...)

A video of a young woman being sexually harassed on the streets of New York has sparked debate and criticism since going viral. Screengrab: YouTube 2:03

A video of a young woman being sexually harassed on the streets of New York has sparked debate and criticism since going viral.The video has gained ov(...)

Photograph: Frank Miller

He bestrides the literary world, a writer who sparkles and sings in company, then goes home to one of his rather nice bases in Dublin, Wexford, Flo(...)

Sport, as the old ‘healthy mind, healthy body’ adage tells us, is good for the brain. It can also instil focus and self-esteem in wayward youngsters. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter, the authors of The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers About Danger, have come up with an interesting mech(...)

Robin Williams: In the wake of his death statements such as: ‘If I keep them laughing, they can’t delve any deeper’ will be parsed for meaning and significance.   Photograph: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP 2:16

Robin Williams was in an alley in central London, behind the Comedy Store venue, shivering because of the cold and strung out because he so desperatel(...)

Paul Singer, billionaire founder and president of Elliott Management.   Photograph: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg

The hedge fund firm of billionaire Paul E Singer has about 300 employees, yet it has managed to force Argentina, a nation of 41 million people, into a(...)