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Sylvia McLaughlin works in the Irish Consulate in San Francisco. Here she is at the Golden Gate Bridge with her husband, Gary Foley, and their children, Aoibhe and Aaron

Sylvia McLaughlin, originally from Carndonagh, Co Donegal, has been working in the Irish Consulate in San Francisco, which services the US west coast,(...)

James Claffey, his wife Maureen and their daughter Maisie, at their home in Carpinteria, California: “One of my daughter Maisie’s classmates lost her half-brother in the shootings.”

Wildfires have ripped through California over the past 10 days, killing dozens of people and destroying thousands of homes. Irish people living around(...)

A Cal Fire air taker makes a drop on a wildfire in California. Photograph: Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP

Thousands more Californians evacuated their homes on Saturday as fierce wildfires spread due to constantly shifting winds, and officials expected the (...)

A destroyed neighbourhood in Santa Rosa, California. Photograph: John Mabanglo/EPA

Firefighters faced more dry, windy conditions on Friday that could whip up wildfires in northern California that have killed at least 31 people and le(...)

Furuzamani Beach, Zamami Island, Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan
52 Places to Go in 2017
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  • January 11, 2017, 12:30

1. Canada: A world to explore. Canada has cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between. Canada is huge — the s(...)

Steve Lenox: ‘I know the experience I have gained and contacts I have made through Irish Network USA will prove to be invaluable.’

As a “transatlantic commuter”, staying connected to Ireland is important to me, from a personal as well as a business perspective. In 2008, my wife (...)

Cyclists on a JSV SF Startup Ride, a group with many members who work in the tech industry. In the highly competitive and communal tech industry, cycling is taking the place of golf as both an individual obsession and a camaraderie builder. Photograph: Laura Morton/The New York Times

Thinking he needed to take up a “California sport,” Greg Gretsch started cycling in 1988, when he moved to the Bay Area to work in marketing at Apple (...)

In China you can leave your villa in Provence, meet friends at Manhattan Plaza shopping mall, and walk past buildings called Venice or Milan, hardly reflective of Chinese national culture, according to critics. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

China is trying to stamp out spiritual pollution when it comes to outlandish foreign names for places, countering the rise in “bizarre” complexes such(...)

The fountains of the Bellagio light up in the middle of the Las Vegas strip

For much of the summer, I flitted in and out of the United States. I revisited some favourite cities and discovered some new ones. I love America m(...)

California governor Jerry Brown ordered the state’s first mandatory water cuts on April 1st, the day when the annual measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is critical to the state’s water supply, had nothing to measure. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

Rarely has a measuring stick proven so effective at making a point. It was April Fool’s Day but this was no joke. Frank Gehrke, chief snow surveyor at(...)

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