Jewrovision ‘is a small island, an attempt to help them preserve and develop a bit of Jewish identity’: Last year’s winners, Chadasch Mannheim. Photograph: Gregor Zielke/Zentralrat

It’s that time of year. Time for loud music, expressionist dance and an explosion of good taste, bad taste and every taste in between. No, it’s not (...)

Mount Rushmore: Abraham Lincoln may pass muster, but Thomas Jefferson (slave owner), George Washington (slave owner) and Theodore Roosevelt (white supremacist and imperialist) do not. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty

Who’d have thought that the most provocative visual art of our time would be old statues of old white guys? From Cape Town to New Orleans, from Oxford(...)

Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy. Trotskyite: A passive-aggressive (and more economical) way to describe members of Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit, along with other left-wing candidates. Photograph: Collins Courts

What does it usually mean? An archaic name for a follower of the ideas of Russian Marxist-Leninist revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky. What does it(...)

 New Taoiseach Enda Kenny  is congratulated by colleagues as he leaves Leinster House to drive to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet with President Mary McAleese. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Coalition last month assessed how well it had done in implementing its programme for government. Modest as always, it awarded itself 93 per cent, (...)

Rietumu Bank  said it recently funded a new Gulfstream Jet, which have a list price of $65 million.

The Latvian bank in which Dermot Desmond holds a stake is moving into the aviation finance business by offering customers funding for executive jets. (...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Igor Kolomoisky, billionaire and governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region:   legal dispute in London involving three of Ukraine’s richest men was settled out of court on Friday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

A $2 billion (€1.85 billion) legal dispute involving three of Ukraine’s wealthiest and most powerful oligarchs and centring on wealth amassed after th(...)

Peter Dahlin, Swedish co-founder of the NGO Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, in a video released by China Central Television. Dahlin became the first foreigner to make what rights activists say was a coerced confession on state TV on charges relating to subversion.  Photograph: CCTV/AP Video

Overseas rights activists, Hong Kong publishers of salacious books about Communist leaders, business journalists reporting the stock market slide, as (...)

Gregory David Roberts: 930-page epic is a bestseller

Went on the usual binge over Christmas. Took a few days off work, cleared the social diary, and told my imaginary secretary to hold all calls. Then, f(...)

Margaret Thatcher: the packed auction in central London  attracted telephone and online bids from 41 countries worldwide.   Photograph:  © Bettmann/CORBIS

In May 1979, arriving at No 10 Downing Street as Britain’s first woman prime minister, Mrs Thatcher famously quoted the prayer attributed to St Franci(...)