Amedspor fans cheer outside the stadium before the Turkish Cup quarter-final  soccer match between Amedspor and Fenerbahce in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. Photograph:  Sertac Kayar/Reuters

Tear gas hung in the air and an F-16 fighter jet roared overhead, as the two teams took their places on a football pitch in Diyarbakir, the unwilling (...)

Some researchers question whether dogs experience feelings like love and loyalty, or whether their winning ways are just a matter of instincts that evolved because being a hanger-on is an easier way to make a living than running down elk.

Before humans milked cows, herded goats or raised hogs, before they invented agriculture, or written language, before they had permanent homes, and mo(...)

 Prof Louise Richardson posing for a photograph at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. File photograph: Alan Richardson/AFP/Getty Images

The University of Oxford is to appoint its first woman vice-chancellor since its records began nearly 800 years ago, after Prof Louise Richardson was (...)

The replicas of the Temple of Bel’s entrance arch will be built to coincide with world heritage week in April. Photograph: Reuters

Replicas of an ancient monument in Palmyra that has apparently survived attempts by Islamic State to demolish it are to be erected in London and New Y(...)

Prof Owen Smith, consultant in childhood cancer at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson.

The outcomes for older teenagers and young adults with cancer could be better if their care was centralised at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crum(...)

A worker sorts coal on a conveyer belt at Datong mine, in China’s  Shanxi province. China’s decreased coal use has contributed to a slowing in the growth of carbon emissions this year. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Growth in global carbon dioxide emissions is expected to slow for a second year running in 2015, in spite of economic growth, after typically rising (...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has announced new reforms for early childhood care and education. File photograph: iThinkstock

All staff working with children in pre-school settings will be required to have a level 5 qualification under regulations to be published shortly, Min(...)

Colm O’Reardon (second from left) is a brother of Labour Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The former economic adviser to ex-tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is set to take up a senior civil service position in the Department of Health. Colm O’Reardo(...)

Current school and university start times are damaging the learning and health of students, said researchers from the University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School and the University of Nevada. File photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Teenagers aren’t lazy, just exhausted, according to a new study. Current school and university start times are damaging the learning and health of st(...)

A UK study has linked extra screen time with poorer exam results. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Spending more time watching television, using the internet or playing onscreen games is associated with poorer school grades, a UK study has found. B(...)