Tourists walk along the Great Wall of China. Adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities – including stealing the bricks to build houses – are doing more damage to China’s most famous landmark than the Mongol hordes ever did.File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Nearly one-third of the most commonly accessed section of the Great Wall of China, the longest wall in the world, has disappeared and drastic measures(...)

JK Rowling founded Lumos after reading about children being kept in caged beds. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

An international charity founded by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is teaming up with NUI Galway on a project aimed at ending institutionalised care(...)

Islamic State militants carry plastic containers full of explosives as they prepare to blow up mausoleums in the historic town of Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: the website of Islamic State militants via AP

Islamic State fighters have mined with explosives the Graeco-Roman ruins of Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old Unesco world heritage site, according to Syria’s(...)

Darren May, Sarah Piggot and Erin Doran enjoy the sunshine in the Dublin Bay area designated a biosphere reserve. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Dublin Bay has been named a biosphere reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in recognition of the a(...)

Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too, featuring Aidan Gillen (right) as a man caring for his niece following his recent release from prison, is among the Irish premieres at this year’s bash.

Versatile character actor John C Reilly will be among the special guests attending the Galway Film Fleadh next month. Reilly, star of Chicago, The Ho(...)

Marc de Faoite: ‘Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if I’m dreaming, but it’s real alright.’

I live on a tropical island. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if I’m dreaming, but it’s real alright - the white sandy beaches, the coconut pa(...)

Yemenis shop at a market in the embattled southern city of Aden yesterday.  Photograph: Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

A day without the thud of air strikes in Sana’a is rare. The sound of missiles and responding anti-aircraft gunfire fills the thin, dusty air in this (...)

The Skelligs, Co Kerry: Department of Transport wants to shorten ferry season.  Photograph: David Sleator

Boats ferrying visitors to the famed Skellig Michael pilgrimage island off the Co Kerry coast are having their season unlawfully shortened, it has bee(...)

Crew members boarding the LÉ Samuel Beckett. The Government did not charge Disney Lucasfilm for use of the vessel during filming of the new Star Wars movie on Skellig Michael.    File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government did not charge Disney Lucasfilm for use of a Naval Service ship and Air Corps helicopter last year when scenes from the latest Star (...)

Druid Theatre artistic director  Garry Hynes. Ms Hynes has said that the passing of the same-sex marriage referendum was an ‘extraordinary event’ during an address at NUI Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes has described the passing of the recent marriage equality referendum as an “extraordinary event”, but ha(...)