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Bitcoin may turn out to be a good investment in the same way that anything that is rare can be considered valuable. photograph: jim urquhart/reuters

It seems you can’t open a newspaper or read a website these days without hearing about the super-yet-mysterious virtual currency known as bitcoin.Ever(...)

Some long-time San Francisco residents  say well-heeled young employees are driving up already high rents and property prices.

It seems to be anti-“techie” month over here in California. I don’t recall ever hearing as much vitriol directed towards the tech industry, not even d(...)

Sabina Higgins: expressed gratitude to the missionaries for their “outstanding contribution” in many countries throughout the world

Irish missionaries who have each served between 40 and 60 years abroad were honoured at a special awards ceremony in Dublin City Hall yesterday. An in(...)

An ex-Seleka soldier stands guard as his commander, General Yaya, meets Multinational Force of Central Africa (Fomac) peacekeepers at the Fomac camp in Bossangoa, Central African Republic. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Mathieu Marco hid in his shower as the Muslim militia commander who came to kill him screamed at his young son, demanding to know where he was. Frustr(...)

Larry Harmon, Ballyfermot, with his son Killian (4) and his mother Bernadette Larekin, at Dublin Airport.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

An excited group of wives, children and parents filled Dublin Airport’s arrivals lounge today to welcome home a planeload of troops from the Lebanon. (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at a meeting of  euro-zone finance ministers in Brussels last Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The revision of the EU anti-money laundering directive being discussed in Brussels could stem the flow of illicit money around the world. It could als(...)

Doris Lessing on the doorstep of her London home after being told she had won the Nobel Prize for literature in October 2007.  Photograph:  Reuters

Doris Lessing, who has died aged 94, was one of the major fiction writers of the second half of the 20th century, producing dozens of novels, short st(...)

Lady Idina Wallace (1893-1955) was married five times and was immortalised as “The Bolter” by novelist Nancy Mitford.

One of the most significant paintings by Irish artist Sir William Orpen is to auctioned at Sotheby’s in London later today.A Portrait of Lady Idina Wa(...)

  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “I have heard of teachers themselves bringing food to supplement individual children in their class who come to school hungry.” 
Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some people have asked why it is that in the face of the extraordinary demands for relief for people affected by disasters in the Philippines, Syria a(...)

Europe at the centre: detail from a map by Willem Blaeu, a cartographer of the 16th and early 17th century.

Asked what he thought of Western civilisation, Mahatma Gandhi is said to have replied: “It would be a good idea.” And James Joyce, in the Cyclops epis(...)

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