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The port of Rotterdam. “The call in Waterford will boost the shipping options for local businesses, enabling them to reach Rotterdam within days and connect to the rest of the world.”  Photograph: iStock

A Dutch shipping line will open up Waterford port to new international trade routes when it commences a weekly service on the Waterford to Rotterdam r(...)

Facebook is  launching a digital currency next week. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook’s shares climbed on Friday following reports detailing the company’s plans to launch a digital currency, due to be unveiled next week. Detai(...)

New this week: Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in Men in Black: International

ALADDIN ★★☆☆☆ Directed by Guy Ritchie. Starring Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad The ongoing campai(...)

A wooden brazier and stones used to burn cannabis, which were  excavated from the Jirzankal Cemetery, China. Photograph: Xinhua Wu/Institute of Archaeology, University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences/AFP/Getty Images

Marijuana chemical residue has been found in incense burners apparently used during funerary rites at a mountainous site in western China in about 500(...)

On a blustery Saturday morning, I am about to climb Alpe d’Huez near Grenoble. I have waited years for the chance. For followers of the Tour de France(...)

 Mecca founder Jo Horgan was representing Australia at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year awards

Make-up for men is set to be the next big global beauty trend, according to Jo Horgan, founder of the Australian cosmetics retailing giant Mecca. “Th(...)

Bangkok: ‘People told me it was chaotic, dirty, 48 hours would be enough, get in and get out.’ Photograph: iStock

Travel is all about the trusted recommendation. A copy of Lonely Planet is the first symbolic purchase of a trip, artfully placed on a coffee table fo(...)

Irish teacher: Denise Somers, who has been teaching in Abu Dhabi for a year, can earn a lot more in the Middle East

Repton, a British curriculum private school aimed at children of affluent expatriates, lies close to Abu Dhabi’s new waterfront of soaring residential(...)

 Saffiatu Sillah, whose circumcision caused her  agonising pain during the births of her children, Mijan  and Jaria, at home in Philadelphia. Photograph: Maddie McGarvey/ The New York Times

She called it her “deepest, darkest secret”, one she had never even shared with her husband. When Saffiatu Sillah was growing up in the West African n(...)

 Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are self-declared champions of national sovereignty. File photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama’s view of Britain is soured by the former US president’s part-Kenyan ancestry. African states would gain from the return of white colonia(...)

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