Firefighters search through the rubble after a fire destroyed a retirement home in Quebec, killing five people. Photograph: AP

Canadian police and firefighters used steam machines yesterday to melt thick ice encasing the rubble of a wooden retirement home which was destroyed (...)

President Barack Obama at the G20 Summit in St Petersburg last September. A security company claimed that the PCs of five visiting foreign ministries were hacked. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

A web-connected baby monitor shouting obscenities at a two-year old child in Texas probably isn’t the best advertisement for the “internet of things”.(...)

Katie Taylor and Cork hurler Eoin Cadogan at the launch of the AIB Me2U app in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An enduring truism of Irish sport; the ground shifts, the skies change and Katie Taylor remains stubbornly consistent. With these early months stretch(...)

Eoghan McHugh

EOGHAN McHUGH (above), who is 39 and originally from Dublin, works for a software company in Seattle “Home is where I pay property tax and water (...)

’Weird thing’: Polaris winners GodSpeed You! Black Emperor

Just what we need: another big Irish music prize. Irish bands (on the island of Ireland) are already eligible for both the Mercury Music Prize and the(...)

Shane Smith: “I’m very excited to be back in Dublin and want to visit old haunts.”

Shane Smith used to work in the Baggot Inn in Dublin. Now he is worth $400 million (€290 million), has a pub in London, a loft in New York and a mount(...)

The scene of an accident involving a bus and a train in Ottawa today. Photograph: Reuters

A passenger train and a double-decker city bus collided on the outskirts of Ottawa today, killing six people on the bus and injuring 30 others, emer(...)

Wreckage from a runaway train of oil tankers that derailed and exploded on July 6th, in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada.  Photograph: New York Times/Ian Willms

The railway whose runaway train killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last month filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada and the US last night (...)

Last year, schoolboy Oisín Millea found the mystery message in a bottle, which had been tossed into the Atlantic Ocean in Canada in June 2004, by two 12-year-old friends while on holiday in Grande Vallée, Québec. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

The two Canadian girls behind the message in a bottle which was found washed up in Passage East, Co Waterford, last October, have met the school boy w(...)

 Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the French music group, Daft Punk

The fact that the most infectious, feel-good tune of the year was made by two French lads usually seen sporting motorcycle helmets is a sign of the(...)