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What keeps bands together? When the fun stops, do they? Most combos, even those touched by success, burn out – some to return years later for pension (...)

Liam Neeson has a tendency to say things that land him in hot water.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

In the course of my Imminently Redundant Liam Neeson Interview, I touch upon his habit of saying stuff that lands him in the hot water. He comes acros(...)

Apple’s announcement that it would pay $38 billion in taxes to the US and make significant investments in the country is a win for President Donald Trump. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Apple’s announcement that it would pay $38 billion in taxes to the US as it repatriates its cash pile shows the rapid changes now under way in the wor(...)

Set against the Roman conquest of Britain, Britannia depicts warring, face-painted Celtic tribes in thrall to otherworldly druids, while Roman forces play politics. Photograph: Sky

As with any finite resource, the world has already begun to worry about what will happen when we run out of Game of Thrones. The question clearly trou(...)

 The bill reauthorises what is known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which gathers information from foreigners overseas but incidentally collects an unknown amount of communications belonging to Americans. File photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The US Senate on Thursday passed a Bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance programme for six years with minima(...)

A recent KPMG report on the potential benefits of solar energy in Ireland concluded that the industry could reasonably deploy over 3,750 MW of solar from now to 2030. Photograph: PA

Ireland’s fledgling solar power industry has received a major boost with the announcement that the State-owned Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  said the Trump administration would maintain its military presence in Syria  to prevent Islamic State’s resurgence, press for the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad, and counter Iranian influence. Photograph: Ben Nelms/Reuters

The Syrian government has condemned the US presence in Syria as illegal and an aggression, in response to a US plan to deploy its forces in the countr(...)

Gangneung Ice Arena, where the Winter Olympics will be held: North Korea will send 230 cheerleaders and a 30-member taekwondo team – as well as an orchestra and half a hockey team. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Tension-weary Koreans are already calling next month’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang the “Peace Olympics” after it emerged that both Koreas will march t(...)

US president Donald Trump with White House chief of staff John Kelly: Mr Trump directly contradicted Mr Kelly in a flurry of early-morning tweets.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/File Photo

US president Donald Trump appeared to undermine his own party’s efforts to avoid a government shutdown that could kick in at midnight on Friday in a s(...)

Apple’s  campus in Cupertino, California. The tech company  built up an offshore cash pile of over $250 billion from profits earned offshore over many years, the bulk of them booked through Irish subsidiaries. Photograph: Jim Wilson/New York Times

Apple is unlikely to get a write-down of its US tax bill to fully reflect any payment made to Ireland, if the European courts dismiss the appeals whic(...)

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