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Cargo ship MV Bavaria preparing to sail for Canada after loading waste at Subic Bay north of Manila,  the Philippines, on Friday. Photograph: Jun Dumaguing/EPA

The Philippines has forced Canada to repatriate a large shipment of five-year-old rubbish at its own cost, handing a political victory to President Ro(...)

The cruise ship Viking Sky after it sent out a mayday signal, off the west coast of Norway. Photograph: Odd Roar Lange/NTB scanpix via AP

Rescue helicopters have evacuated dozens of people from a luxury cruise ship which suffered engine failure on Saturday in stormy weather off the west (...)

Dublin placed 32nd in Mercer’s safety ranking. Photograph: iStock

Dublin ranked in 33rd place, ahead of London, Paris and Madrid, in a quality of living survey that took more than 230 cities into account. Human res(...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale shrugs off teammate Lucas Vazquez after scoring in their LaLiga win over Levante on Sunday. Photo: Jose Jordan/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo was notorious during his time at Real Madrid for not congratulating his teammates when they scored. Gareth Bale – who was signed by (...)

  Roger Federer serves a ball towards the Jet D’Eau on a boat   in Geneva during a presentation ahead of the Laver Cup tournament that will take place   next September. Photograph: Getty Images

Roger Federer is no longer chasing the top ranking and would rather be a contender at Grand Slams than battling Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal to be wo(...)

Dijon, France

The last time I set foot in Burgundy-Franche-Comté my mother had just passed away. I boarded a flight from Dublin to Paris, where I would connect by (...)

William Garvey drinks cabinet: a foolproof way to hold your drink in style

Cocktail cool There’s a foolproof way to hold your drink in style this Christmas: get yourself a bespoke bar cabinet from William Garvey furniture Ma(...)

The scientist David Goodall (104) at a press conference a day before his assisted suicide in Switzerland, last month. Photograph: Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP

Dr David Goodall, aged 104 and probably the oldest working scientist in the world, smiles from a photograph taken at a press conference he gave in Bas(...)

  Sergio Ramos celebrates with the trophy after Real Madrid retained  the Champions League with victory over Liverpool in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

In one of the more memorable scenes in The Sopranos, the teenage AJ Soprano goes to visit his grandmother Livia in hospital. His parents are angry wi(...)

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson  warms up with team-mates during a training session at Anfield on Monday ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

The mood in the Liverpool team hotel was understandably bleak following defeat by Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final. Players were allowed to dri(...)

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