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House builders stood out as a bright spot in Dublin on the back of an upbeat trading update from Cairn Homes. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

European shares ended higher on Thursday as a rally in crude prices saw energy stocks surge ahead, with house builders standing out as a bright spot i(...)

Spermatazoa: something that’s going on in a man’s body one month may be totally different from what’s happening the next month. Illustration: SciePro/iStock/Getty

Male scientists have long waxed poetic on the contents of their testes. “Sperm is a drop of brain,” wrote the ancient Greek writer Diogenes Laertius. (...)

Ecommerce (data-driven online shopping) may dictate our fashion choices rather than bricks and mortar outlets. Photograph: Getty Images

The clothes we wear reflect the lives we lead and the times we live in, so these are strange, unnerving times in fashion. In the past cataclysmic year(...)

A man walks by an H&M clothing store at a shopping area  in Beijing, China. Chinese state media and social networking platforms called for boycotts of major Western brands, including H&M, after their raising of human rights issues. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

H&M vowed on Wednesday to win back trust in China amid growing signs its fashion empire is suffering from a backlash after it voiced concerns last(...)

Chinese state media and social networking platforms have called for boycotts of major Western brands, including H&M, after statements made by the company in the past about Xinjiang cotton resurfaced online. Photograph: Getty

When Swedish fast-fashion giant H&M said in September that it was ending its relationship with a Chinese supplier accused of using forced labour, (...)

PTSB shares stood out as a sole bright spot among banks, rising 3.9 per cent to 80c.

European stocks dropped on Friday amid heightened concerns around the slow rollout of Covid-19 vaccines mount, and as investors monitored volatile tra(...)

Radoslav Radev and his healthcare load from Belgium was refused entry to Holyhead Port because of inadequate, post-Brexit papers. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Radoslav Radev cut a lonely figure as he stood by the freight check-in cabin for the Stena Line ferry to Dublin, handed in his papers and waited. Aft(...)

Manchester United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after defeat to  Leipzig in Germany. He has now lost six of his 10 Champions League matches. Photograph:  Getty Images

There was an eerie quality to the BT Sport analysis of Manchester United’s exit from the Champions League. At times the post-match segment was like wa(...)

Istanbul Basaksehir’s Demba Ba talks to referee after the game was suspended amid allegations of racism by one of the match officials. Photograph: Getty Images

Istanbul Basaksehir’s players left the pitch during their Champions League Group H game at Paris St Germain after the Turkish club accused a match off(...)

Stephen Kenny: “It (the media attention) was a big surprise (but) it’s not a concern for me.” Photograph: Inpho

Stephen Kenny says he will take what he gets when Ireland’s World Cup fixture list is finalised by Fifa on Tuesday. And the Republic of Ireland manage(...)

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