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Lucie Lyer with her mother, human rights lecturer Kirsten Roberts in Pilsen in the Czech Republic

Kirsten Roberts Lyer is a professor at the Central European University where she teaches human rights and the rule of law. She lives in Pilsen in the (...)

Catherine Freeman outside BBC Broadcasting House in London in the 1950s

Born: August 10th, 1931 Died: July 15th, 2020 The BBC in the 1950s was not a hostile place for women, but it was slow to recognise their abilities. F(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel still l has a year to go in office but already the pangs of remorse are growing for the future of the EU without the experienced, drama-free German leader. Photograph: EPA/John Thys / Pool

After 90 hours of talks over four days in Brussels, Angela Merkel had no rest on her return to Berlin. First, her last-minute telephone diplomacy help(...)

How traffic usually looks on the Champs-Élysées: At one point during the lockdown Paris’s nitrogen dioxide levels were 61 per cent below pre-pandemic levels. Photograph: Tim Graham/Getty Images

Air pollution levels have rebounded sharply in a number of leading European cities since coronavirus restrictions eased, driven by an increase in traf(...)

Catherine Hamilton and her family flying into Milford Sound, New Zealand.

It is a difficult and challenging time for thousands of Irish people living around the world, and their loved ones at home, not knowing when they will(...)

“Being an Erasmus student myself I have had to make several stressful decisions over the past weeks: whether to move out of my student accommodation, to finish my classes early, or if I should stay in Scotland or fly back home.” Ciara Mannion (left) and Zoha Khan at Edinburgh Castle

In the few weeks from the initial outbreak of COVID-19 to Ireland pursuing lockdown, it is fair to say our lives have changed utterly. Almost overnigh(...)

Bernard Rorke as a baby in his father arms and his mother in 1959 in Dublin. Photograph: Bernard Rorke

Then came the phone call dreaded by every emigrant. It was my brother on the line, saying the nursing home had phoned to say Da was poorly and to prep(...)

Ferenc Legyel as Michael Curtiz in Curtiz, a film by Tamas Yvan Topolánszky recreating the drama behind the making of Casablanca.

In 1974, Warner Brothers executive Simon Benzakein met French New Wave icon François Truffaut in Los Angeles with an offer to remake Casablanca. The d(...)

All your behaviour in connection with coronavirus should be guided by the best health protocols to limit risk of infection to you or transmission to anyone else.  Hand-washing and social distance are two fundamentals.

The answers below are for general guidance only. They are not a substitute for personal advice given by your own doctor, solicitor or other profession(...)

 Actor Michael Caine and England player Bobby Moore of the POW XI celebrate during a match against Germany for the film Escape to Victory. Photograph:  Allsport UK /Allsport

With four minutes remaining and the Allied prisoners trailing the Germans 4-3, Luis Fernandez (Pele) rises from the bench, shrugs off the pain of brok(...)

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