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Shares of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related firms jumped between 6.7%  and 12%  in New York as bitcoin briefly surged past $50,000. Photograph:  Getty Images

European shares ended flat around a one-year peak on Tuesday as a boost from major mining and bank stocks was tempered by losses in most other sectors(...)

Poet Mary Oliver, with her dog Ricky, at her home in Hobe Sound, Florida in 2013. Photograph: Angel Valentine/The New York Times

Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose work, with its plain language and minute attention to the natural world, drew a wide following while (...)

Actor Peter Dinklage  in a scene from Game of Thrones: the series which is filmed in Northern Ireland helped boost visitor numbers last year. Photograph: Helen Sloan/HBO via AP

Northern Ireland has never been more popular for visitors – at least according to the latest official statistics which show a record 2.3 million touri(...)