Crac des Chevaliers, an 11th century crusader castle in Syria which has been reclaimed by the country’s department of antiquities, having been seized by insurgents in 2012. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Syria’s department of antiquities has reclaimed the vast 11th- century crusader castle Crac des Chevaliers from the army and taken charge of the si(...)

A cameraman films a forest fire in Chile. Thousands have been evacuated and a state of catastrophe has been declared along Chile’s coast due to the rapidly-spreading fire. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Thousands of people have been evacuated as a serious forest fire spread quickly on Chile’s coast and threatened to reach the nearby port cities of Val(...)

Islamic State militants take sledgehammers to an ancient artifact in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Getty 1:36

Two weeks ago, the Islamic State movement released a video that appeared to show members demolishing statues dating back to the 7th century BC in Iraq(...)

‘Quite why Yeats thought poetry and physics were mutually exclusive I do not know.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Why is it that in Ireland we celebrate our famous writers but not our great scientists, inventors and engineers? As we gear up to mark St Patrick’s(...)

An ancient statue of a winged bull with a human face at the archaeological site of Nimrud. According to the Iraqi government, IS militants bulldozed the site on Thursday. Photograph: Getty Images

Islamic State militants have destroyed ancient remains of the 2,000-year-old city of Hatra in northern Iraq, the tourism and antiquities ministry said(...)

In France, Dior, a symbol of French fashion internationally, is seen almost as a cultural monument, like the Louvre, whose courtyard yesterday provide(...)

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters walk next to their tank as they take control of the area on the outskirts of Mosul. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters 1:36

The Islamic State (IS) group has released a video showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artefacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, d(...)

Cycling along the boardwalk in Porto
Pedalling through Porto, Portugal
  • Travel
  • February 22, 2015, 11:00

There are a couple of mysteries about Porto. Firstly, when did people start calling it Oporto? By all accounts, it seems to be a British “translati(...)

 Once in a lifetime:  the new Six Senses retreat in Doura, Portugal
The hot list for honeymoons
  • Travel
  • February 14, 2015, 06:00

Action in the Azores Think of them as being like the Aran Islands, but with pineapples. For a clean, green escape with mountains to hike and vol(...)

Patrick Nally says labour rights weren’t even a consideration in the bidding requirements for the 2022 World Cup.

Credited with inventing the multipartner sponsorship model for big sporting events in the 1970s, Patrick Nally is the first to say that it is time for(...)