Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan takes part in a welcoming ceremony upon her arrival with President Xi Jinping at Moscow's Vnukovo airport. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Freshly installed Chinese president Xi Jinping embarked on his maiden overseas tour as China ’s leader yesterday, starting in (...)

Tuberculosis was once a scourge in Ireland and I’m old enough to remember the sanatoria that dotted the country for convalescing TB patients. T(...)

  England's James Anderson appealing during the Second Test match at Hawkins Basin Reserve, Wellington: Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

James Anderson stands on the verge of becoming just the fourth Englishman to take 300 Test wickets, but knows the five he still needs may have(...)

Fries are prepared for customers at McDonald’s. Donal O’Shea, a consultant endocrinologist, has said the Government should consider pulling its financial support from the FAI because of its new partnership with the fast-food chain.

The FAI is expected to announce a grassroots partnership this afternoon with Republic of Ireland captain and leading goalscorer Robbie K(...)

Jacob Zuma: African National Congress yesterday confirmed it had dissolved the leadership of its youth league, a move that purges it of members who opposed the president’s recent re-election as party president. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP Photo

At a press conference in Johannesburg ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the party’s National Executive Committee members had vot(...)

Ronan McGreevy More than 5,500 people, most of them from abroad, have so far signed up to walk in the “people’s parade” ahead of the mai(...)

The Digital Marketing Institute is to create 30 new jobs this year, the education company said today. The company will add 10 new people (...)

Falcon Oil & Gas has applied for admission to trading on the London Stock Exchange and the Irish Stock Exchange and the placing of $25 mill(...)

Rob Kearney insists Italy game is a must-win. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland fullback Rob Kearney believes there are no excuses for failure in this year's Six Nations, despite the injuries that have beset Declan (...)

Rugby pundit and broadcaster George Hook, who has had gout for 15 years, says it’s a pain like no other. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

In my experience, all non-gout sufferers think the condition is a great joke and make wisecracks about the amount of red wine you drink and the(...)