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People walk amid a heavy snowfall in Madrid on Saturday. Photograph:  Benjamin Cremel / AFP

Emergency crews in central Spain have cleared 500 roads and rescued more than 1,500 people stranded in vehicles as the country slowly shovels its way (...)

A demonstrator wearing a face mask with images of Argentine late president Juan Domingo Peron and his wife Eva Duarte. Argentina now has more than a millions cases of coronavirus: Photograph: Alejandro Pagni/AFP

Argentina health officials say the nation has officially surpassed 1 million coronavirus cases, becoming the fifth country to do so. Across Latin Ame(...)

French police wearing protective face masks control people at a test station for Covid-19 in Marseille, France on August 17th. Marseille has been declared a zone of ‘active circulation’ for Covid-19  as cases surged in recent weeks. The sign reads ‘wearing a mask is an obligation at old harbour and citycenter’. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo

More than 22.22 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 780,431 have died, according to a Reuters tally(...)

Co Armagh man Conor Mitchell set up the Belfast Ensemble in 2017.

Even by his own exacting standards, the last two years of Conor Mitchell’s career as a composer and theatre maker have been nothing less than remarkab(...)

Catalan pro-independence supporters take part in a demonstration under the motto “Let’s overturn the regime”, in Barcelona,  Spain, on Friday.  Photograph: Toni Albir/EPA

“Perhaps it wasn’t worth coming, just to approve some minor measures,” said the Catalan government’s spokeswoman, Elsa Artadi, as she disdainfully app(...)

“Attach the word ‘beard’ to a name and immediately great horrors are conjured up even in the dullest imagination.”
In a Word: Beard

I don’t get beards. Or tattoos. Back in the last millennium when I was younger tattoos were so verboten they were associated only with low, violent cr(...)

Michael O’Riordan  volunteered to fight against Franco without any expectation of the war being won. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish communist leader Michael O’Riordan went to fight with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War even though he believed the fight for (...)

I’ve had several, fantastic live-out nannies and childminders over the years, some of whose presence in my life I mourn daily

There are a few issues every society has to grapple with in a time of increased living standards. Is it ever appropriate to install a laundry chute in(...)

The Oudenbosch Basilica in the Netherlands, where Van Wilderoden (inset) planned a lavish society wedding to  Tara Elliott, daughter of a wealthy Scottish-Irish aristocrat. Photograph via Omroep Brabant

Last week Dublin Circuit Criminal Court dealt with a shoplifting case. Nothing unusual there, bar the fact that the accused was a Dutch national who (...)

Five evening masterclasses in regional Spanish food and wine for €125

Jamie Oliver caused quite a stir by including chorizo in his paella recently, and the world of Spanish gastronomy wasn’t slow to let him know the erro(...)

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