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Saint Lucy’s Day in Sandviken, Sweden. Photograph: iStock

There was a time, under the old Julian calendar, when December 13th was considered the shortest day of the year. That wasn’t quite accurate then, and (...)

Flames from the explosion that  ripped through Austria’s main gas pipeline hub on Tuesday killed one person and injured 21 others. Photograph: Nonstopnews via AP

An explosion and fire that ripped through Austria’s main gas pipeline hub on Tuesday killed one person and injured 21 others, prompting Italy to decla(...)

Migrants are seen on a boat as they are being rescued by Libyan coast guards. Photograph: Reuters

European governments stand accused by Amnesty International of being knowingly complicit in the torture and exploitation of thousands of migrants and (...)

Pilots at Ryanair are campaigning for a new collective bargaining system to replace the employee representative councils that negotiate for staff. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Ryanair passengers could face considerable disruption over the Christmas period after a ballot of some of its pilots resulted in overwhelming support (...)

Biscotti: one of Italy’s often overlooked treasures

We’re all experts on Italian ice-creams and gelato these days but 30 years ago our knowledge of Italian fare didn’t stretch further than our annual Co(...)

The Irish phrase in the ‘Our Father’ translates as “don’t allow us into temptation”, rather than the “lead us not into temptation” of the English version.  Photograph: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Pope Francis has called for the wording of the Lord’s Prayer to be changed because it implies God “induces temptation”. He said the wording of the pr(...)

Members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association who work for Ryanair are understood to be voting on a ballot for industrial action up to an including strike. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Ryanair pilots are voting on proposals that could lead to strike or some other form of industrial action. Pilots at the airline are campaigning for a(...)

REA Seamus Carthy is seeking €175,000 for this traditional-style four-bedroom house with outbuildings and 0.7 acres of land in Castleplunkett, Co Roscommon.

France Poitou-Charentes This house is in a hamlet just over 3km from Blanzay village in the Vienne region. Surrounded by a garden wit(...)

A family in the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph:  Anthi Pazianouanthi/Getty Images

A lesson for today: in 1716 the Turks controlled most of the Balkans, including the Greek mainland, but they had failed to capture Corfu and the othe(...)

Ryanair has been left vulnerable after a staffing mix-up required it to squeeze six months of pilot leave into half that time. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Ryanair faces its first-ever strike as crews in Italy prepare to walk out as part of a push toward unionisation. Pilots and flight attendants plan to(...)

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