A study of more than 600,000 individuals has shown an increased risk of stroke and heart disease among those who worked longer hours.

People who work long hours have a much higher risk of stroke and a slightly greater risk of coronary heart disease than those working a standard week,(...)

File photo shows a worker removing the head of a statue representing late Soviet leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin during its demolition on the Leninplatz in Berlin. Photograph: Getty Images

Russians work the second-longest hours in Europe after Greece. It may not be a race worth winning. That’s because in terms of productivity, measured b(...)

Hundreds of Eritreans demonstrate in front of the African Union HQ in Addis Ababa in support of the UN Inquiry report into human rights violations in Eritrea including extrajudicial killings, widespread torture and enforced labour. Photograph: Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images

The world can end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, the United Nations said on Tuesday, highlighting global success in rolling out life-saving drugs over the(...)

Conor Neill (6) with his class in the Doodle Den in St Michael’s Infants School in Limerick. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

A few weeks ago Siobhán Neill took her six-year-old son, Conor, to McDonald’s as a treat. She was about to ask him what he wanted when he surprised he(...)

Danish prime minister has quit as  head of the Social Democrats after an election defeat. Photograph: Gregers Tycho/Polfoto/AP.

A right-wing eurosceptic party that was one of the biggest winners in Denmark‘s parliamentary election stood by demands including a referendum on Euro(...)

The OECD did not say which measures it would favour to stop the property market overheating. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned that rapid rises in Irish property prices are “reminiscent of the bubble perio(...)

Vanya Shivashankar (13) and Gokul Venkatachalam (14) hold up the trophy after jointly winning the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland. The competition is dominated by children of Indian descent. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Like prized fighters swapping punches, Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam matched each letter for letter, word for word. The other eight fina(...)

HSBC apologised in February after reports dubbed ‘Swiss leaks’ said the bank’s Swiss unit harboured the cash of tax dodgers, drug cartels and arms dealers.

HSBC’s Geneva private bank is no longer a place where wealthy people go to hide untaxed assets, according to Franco Morra, chief executive officer for(...)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott reacts as he watches children playing during his visit to the Little Pines Childcare Centre in Sydney, Australia. Abbott announced that the 1.5 per cent levy on the nation’s 34-hundred biggest companies will be invested in child care instead of the dropped parental leave scheme. (Photograph: Paul Miller/EPA)

As her five-year-old son started school last week, Sydney engineering consultant Mary Stewart counted the cost of his four years in childcare -- A$9(...)

Irish people think citizens must play a role in international development and not rely solely on Government support, according to the Eurobarometer survey. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Nearly three out of four Irish people think the Government should increase its overseas development aid support, according to a survey on Europeans’ v(...)