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In Dermot Bannon’s Incredible Homes, he’s touring the world to look at other people’s fab houses

Dermot Bannon has done the State some service, of that there’s no doubt. His long-running TV series, Room to Improve, did more than anything else to w(...)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo intends to raise concerns over the national and regional presence of Huawei in talks with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán. Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

Top US officials will visit central Europe this week to discuss closer co-operation on issues ranging from energy to defence, and to shore up alliance(...)

Romance rekindled: Dolores McEvoy and Peter Woodger. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A teenage romance between two hairdressers in 1970s London culminated in a cross-continental wedding this week – 4½ decades later. In January 1974 Do(...)

Three out of every 10,000 people report ‘undesired awareness’ from non-general anaesthesia. Photograph: iStock

The doctor ordered a “push” on my sedative, and I succumbed to the sweet blackness. But then something went wrong, and I was awake too soon, flailing(...)

Teatree Bay, Noosa national park

I’m standing ankle-deep in warm waters, just off Lady Elliot Island at the southern-most tip of the Great Barrier Reef, gingerly holding a sea cucumbe(...)

So Graham Norton: the broadcaster’s new gin is made by West Cork Distillers in Skibbereen, near his Irish home

GN’s Gin Is there no end to Graham Norton’s talents? The TV presenter and author also has a hands-on involvement with winemaking. Sales of a sauvigno(...)

 In 2018, security experts said tools commonly used by Chinese hackers had been deployed in attacks on the Defence department and the Australian National University Australia’s Parliament House. File Photograph: David Gray / Reuters

The Australian parliament said Friday that hackers had tried to break into its computer network, which includes lawmakers’ email archives, but there w(...)

Firefighters battle after a blaze forced the evacuation of residents of 170 homes in the Tasman district on Wednesday. Photograph:  Evan Barnes/Getty Images

A huge bushfire that has been raging in the parched New Zealand countryside for four days has forced hundreds of residents to be evacuated from their (...)

James Parnell and his family moved back to Ireland in 2016 after 16 years living in Sydney.

I briskly dry myself by the car after an ocean swim. OK, OK it’s a dip. I’ve been told it’s not the “ocean”, it’s the “sea”. But I like how “ocean” ro(...)

Water bombing helicopters have been regularly deployed in recent weeks in an attempt to put out bushfires in Tasmania.  Photograph: Heath Holden/Getty Images

The calendar finally ticked over into February last week, officially ending the hottest January Australia has ever seen. This is a sobering fact, give(...)

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