A man stands in front of a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California. Voters there have strongly supported a measure to sharply curtail the number of medical such dispensaries  in Los Angeles. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

While we were busy eliminating smoking by making the packets look like cool posters from the golden era of Italian horror, something considerably more(...)

The Unicorn Restaurant on Merrio Row, Dublin. A statement on the restaurant’s website said: ‘circumstances have meant we have to leave and the restaurant is now closed’.

The Unicorn Restaurant, one of Dublin’s best-known Italian restaurants and a favourite haunt of the rich and famous, will reopen despite now be(...)

Enda Kenny: his desk is cluttered with files and yet more photos and souvenirs. It is a minimalist’s nightmare

The Minister for Transport ’n Sport watched Leaders’ Questions from the public gallery in the company of a handsome young man in a snug white s(...)

Benghazi blues

Second term US presidencies have a habit of going wrong, as Richard Nixon’s Watergate, Ronald Reagan’s Iran-Contra and Bill Clinton’s Monica Le(...)

Kieran McLoughlin (centre), president and chief executive of The American Ireland Fund, with from left, delegates Caitlin McCormick (New York), Reilly O’Connor (Washington DC),  Jennifer Carroll (Dublin) and John Travers (Dublin) at the The Ireland Funds Inaugural Global Young Leaders Forum held in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park in June 2010. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The US State Department’s prolific communications department is proof of the influence that the United States aims to have on world affairs. It(...)

President Barack Obama will visit Belfast before joining the G8 summit in Fermanagh next month to urge Stormont leaders to cou(...)

South Korean soldiers at a military checkpoint connecting South and North Korea at the Unification Bridge  in Paju, South Korea. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

North Korea sentenced US citizen Kenneth Bae to 15 years’ hard labour today for committing crimes against the state - a move that will likely s(...)

Richie Havens: improvised the anthem ‘Freedom’ on stage. Photograph: Getty Images

Richie Havens, who has died of a heart attack aged 72, is best known for his opening performance at the historic 1969 Woodstock festival. (...)

US folk musician Richie Havens reprises his 1969 performance of Freedom at the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York, in  2009. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

US folk musician Richie Havens, who opened the historic 1969 Woodstock musical festival and energised the crowd with his version of Motherless Chil(...)

Former president George Bush: “I’m comfortable with what I did,” he said. “I’m comfortable with who I am.” Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Former US president George W Bush, one of the most controversial presidents of the modern age, has said he is comfortable with(...)