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William Melvin Kelley delivers his observations with caustic humour and surprising compassion

What would have happened if black Americans refused to accept a subordinated life in the South in the 1950s? This is the premise of William Melvin Kel(...)

Barclays shares  closed up more than 4 per cent as investors reacted positively to results. Photograph: Reuters

The Iseq overall fell 0.14 per cent on Thursday, but still managed to outperform wider European indices. Britain’s top share index fell to a one-wee(...)

Adolf Hitler’s personal travelling telephone is displayed at Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Maryland. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

A telephone used by Adolf Hitler during the Second World War has been sold at auction for $243,000 dollars (€228,820). Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander (...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Stocks propped up by buybacks binge The US bull market is looking dangerously dependent on corporate buybacks. Although the S&P 500 has soared, i(...)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals plunged as much as 42 per cent to the lowest since 2011 after cutting its sales forecast. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Global stocks dropped on Tuesday as the biggest two-day slide for commodity prices in a month reminded investors of the financial-market turmoil that (...)

Tangier Island, Virginia, in Chesapeake Bay; The island is just 4ft above sea level so it is vulnerable to the vast expanse of water around it. Photograph: Simon Carswell

As James “Ooker” Eskridge drives around Tangier Island, which he has represented as mayor for eight years, he stops his electric golf cart next(...)

An anti shale-extraction poster in New York state.

The United States has taken Russia’s crown as the biggest oil and natural-gas producer in a demonstration of the seismic shifts in the world energy la(...)

Tara suffered a stroke after playing tennis but was advised by a neurologist to stay active

The thing that’s easy to miss about Tara is how competitive she is. In a big Irish family of gabby, argumentative people, my niece is a lovely, willow(...)

There were mixed fortunes for Aer Lingus and Ryanair yesterday. Aer Lingus rose by 2.1 per cent to €1.43 on low volumes but Ryanair declined by 2.7 per cent to €6.346. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

European stocks were little changed this week, following four weeks of gains, as euro- area economic growth missed estimates, and investors weighed eq(...)

Karl Marx: Obamacare and climate change policy are among the initiatives branded ‘Marxist’ by US conservatives. Photograph: Henry Guttmann/Getty Images

Everywhere you look these days you see Marxism on the rise. Well, okay, maybe you don’t – but conservatives do.If you so much as mention income inequa(...)

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