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A sign notifying truck drivers of driving restrictions stands in Germany’s second-largest city. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The domino effect of bans on older diesel cars started in Germany on Friday as the regional court in Aachen ruled local authorities must implement a d(...)

 A file photograph of Pigne d’Arolla mountain near Arolla, Switzerland. Police in southwestern Switzerland said on Monday that  four Alpine climbers had died and another five were in critical condition after becoming trapped overnight by an unexpected storm of snow and high winds. Photograph: Kantonspolizei Valais//Keystone via AP

Four climbers have died and another five are in a critical condition after they became trapped overnight on the Swiss Alps during an unexpected storm(...)

Allowing material possessions to be the controlling principle of our lives leaves us morally stunted and spiritually dead

Charles the Great, better known as Charlemagne, became King of the Franks in the year AD 768. He united much of Europe during his reign and reached th(...)

A protester with  a sign reading Diesel-Abgase Toeten! (Diesel Emissions Kill) at  the ministry of transport in Berlin. Reports of  experiments with diesel pollutants on animals and people  have caused horror in German political circles. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Dieselgate has revved back into life with revelations that German car manufacturers carried out medical tests on humans using exhaust fumes. After re(...)

Underpass in Stuttgart, Germany: The city’s administrative court has ruled that no measures to improve air quality were as effective as outright bans on diesel vehicles, “and that includes so-called retrofit solutions”. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

Stuttgart prides itself as the home of the Daimler car company and the internal combustion engine created by the company’s founders. But now the sout(...)

Sophie Richards from Gorey: ‘The Belgians and Dutch are ahead in breeding show-jumpers whereas with eventing, the Irish are top.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

They don’t wear spindle heels and fascinators and they don’t compete to win fashion prizes, but some of the stars that shine at the RDS Horse Show an(...)

Pope Francis shakes hands with Italian premier Matteo Renzi, as German chancellor Angela Merkel looks on, during a ceremony where he was awarded the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen (Karlspreis) at the Vatican on Friday. Photograph:  L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

In the grand surroundings of the Vatican’s Sala Regia, a room just adjacent to the Sistine Chapel, an Argentinian man on Friday became the first South(...)

Pope Francis: will receive the Charlemagne Prize at a ceremony in the Vatican on Friday. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has failed to fulfil its founding promise of better economic security, conditions and opportunities for its citizens, the president(...)

Leopold Hecht, a 20-year-old law student at the Saint-Louis University in Brussels, was one of those killed

From Belgians to Americans, Britons, Germans and Indians, the suicide bombings in Brussels on Tuesday left casualties from more than 40 countries. At(...)

Elizabeth meets her foster parents in Dublin in 1946.

Dublin was covered in a fresh blanket of snow the day Elizabeth Kohlberg and her brother, August, arrived in Ireland. It was a particularly cold Nov(...)