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A screen promotes recruitment for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army: Beijing has territorial disputes of varying degrees with all of its neighbours. Photograph: Andy Wong

China’s People’s Liberation Army made a strong show of force over the Lunar New Year holiday, with fighter jets training over Tibet “to confront any t(...)

Fergal McAleavey, head of private equity, ISIF and Jason Kehl, vice president of engineering, Vectra. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) has invested about €10 million in a US-based cybersecurity software group. The investment in Vectra is e(...)

Prisoners on board the Neptune included Irish nationalist John Mitchell, who preached social revolution in Ireland during the Famine. He later became a proponent of slavery in America and supported the Confederate States  during the American Civil War. Photograph: Wikicommons

Towards the end of 1847, the worst year of the Great Irish Famine known as “Black 47”, an exhibition opened at the Rotunda in Dublin depicting the Bos(...)

The white-headed vultures were born in Tayto Park earlier this month.

A pair of rare, white-headed vultures have been born in Tayto Park, Co Meath, the theme park and zoo said on Monday. The African natives are critica(...)

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his state of the nation address to parliament, in Cape Town. Photograph: Ruvan Boshoff/Reuters

Cyril Ramaphosa promised to “turn the tide of corruption” in his first speech as South Africa’s president, saying the nation was entering a “new dawn”(...)

 Hailemariam Desalegn: “I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy.” Photograph:  Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned on Thursday in what he described as a bid to smooth reforms, following years of viole(...)

The Chase development in Sandyford, Dublin: Google will take up space there alongside pre-existing tenants

Google has signed a 52,900sq ft lease for office space in Sandyford in a move that marks a change of direction for the company’s real estate strategy,(...)

Leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, Giorgia Meloni, arrives  to attend a political rally in Rome on  January 23rd. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

When Giorgia Meloni was searching for a location to launch her campaign for Italy’s general election, she chose the city of Latina, founded by the fas(...)

An aerial view of Raqqa, the one-time capital of Islamic State’s so-called caliphate, after US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said military operations to oust the jihadist group ended last October. Photograph: Gabriel Chaim/AP

The collapse of Islamic State’s “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq has been one of the most positive developments of recent years. Having terrorised the 10(...)

Norwegian Air plans to double services from Dublin to Stewart International Airport in New York State, providing twice-daily flights from the end of April. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/True Media

Monday Indicators: Irish construction PMI (Jan), new car sales (Jan); US consumer inflation expectations (Jan). Tuesday Results: PepsiCo, Under A(...)

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