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(...)

Fr Michael Drumm of the Catholic Schools Partnership was asked whether issues surrounding LGBT rights might surface in a job interview

A teacher being asked “what about the homos?” during a job interview must go down as one of the most bizarre human resources episodes of recent tim(...)

Commuters in Beijing can now  use their smartphones to read  classic texts provided by the National Library of China Beijing commuters can use their smartphones to read classic books

The most common sight on the Beijing subway is of faces lit from beneath in blue as commuters watch videos, television shows and films on their mobil(...)

Dr Orla McGarry, visiting research fellow at the Unesco  Child and Family Research Centre, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway.

Life in Ireland for Muslim teenagers can be “isolating, lonely and frequently dampened by incidents of racism”, according to research by an NUI Galway(...)

Emer Doyle and her children, from left, Ellie (13), Sean (16), Peter (8) and Mia (9), at their home in Kilcavan, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

‘It was completely life-changing. I went from being a traumatic single mother with five kids to a positive mother with happy kids.”It’s a powerful tes(...)

Marian Ryan on her graduation day in October. Photograph: Peggy Ryan

“I was upset at first – from happiness. I was proud when I heard I was coming.”Such was the response of one participant in a pioneering university co(...)

Break in Bruges: the best way to navigate Bruges is by taking a boat trip on the canals, which costs just €7.60 for half an hour with live – and lively – commentary. Photograph: Getty Images

War tourists have been coming to present-day Belgium since the Waterloo battlefield was sought out by curious British travellers in the aftermath o(...)