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Farah Alhajeh, a Swedish Muslim woman who  won a discrimination case after an interview with a prospective male boss stopped before it began when she refused to shake his hand. Photograph: Farah Alhajeh via The New York Times

A Muslim woman in Sweden who said she was discriminated against in a job interview for refusing to shake hands on religious grounds has been awarded f(...)

Billy Burns: “I wouldn’t have come over here if I didn’t think it was a club going in the right direction, a club that has ambition that suits mine.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There were pre-season gifts for Munster and Ulster with the arrival of shiny new number 10s. The sky’s the limit for Joey Carbery in Limerick – that(...)

'Multiple friends have left my hometown for greener pastures. They are doctors, teachers and construction managers. Chefs, nurses and physiotherapists.' Photograph: iStock

One of my best friends from home returned to Abu Dhabi last week, after her holidays ran out faster than any of us wished. She moved there to teach l(...)

A Canadian flag on the ferry to Bowen Island near Vancouver, Canada. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Some Irish students spending the summer in Vancouver, Canada, have been accused of urinating on dancefloors and absconding from restaurants and rental(...)

Ella Rasmussen’s doctors started to prod her about children when she turned 30. She was single, suffered from endometriosis, and contemplated a hyster(...)

Software company LiveTiles has launches its first product from its Sligo base having established there earlier this year. Photograph: iStock

Software company LiveTiles has launched its first product from its Sligo base, having set up an innovation centre there earlier this year at which it (...)

Ben Stokes: faces a protracted wait to learn if he faces any cricketing sanctions. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales face a protracted wait to learn if they face any cricketing sanctions but there is understood to be no ill-feeling between t(...)

 Katter’s Australian Party senator Fraser Anning at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull called his remarks a “shocking insult” to the millions of Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

An Australian politician invoked a Nazi euphemism for genocide on Tuesday, calling for a “final solution to the immigration problem” during a speech i(...)

‘I have a cherished family photo of my Irish ancestors who emigrated to Australia in the 19th century. It is so important to me because when I arrived in Ireland I immediately felt at home.’

Emigrating often means shedding the past so we can embrace the future. But sometimes it’s as much about what we hold onto as what we let go. The few (...)

A Catholic church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The church   covered up child sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in the state over a period of 70 years, a report has found. Photograph: Jeff Swensen/New York Times

Bishops and other leaders of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by hundreds of priests over a period of 70 years, persu(...)

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