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 Know your art from your elbow: graffiti by Sums at this year’s Bridge Jam street-art festival in Drogheda, Co Louth

You can coast through school on a diet of whatever you’re told and what your friends like, but college is different. Now you have to be a cultural (...)

Hannes Ametsreiter  chief executive of Telekom Austria declined to comment on bid speculation that pushed Telekom Austria’s share price sharply higher on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader

Telekom Austria sidestepped suggestions yesterday that major shareholder Carlos Slim might try to take the company over after the Mexican tycoon bid f(...)

With the Galway Races happening this week, the betting industry is all a flutter as – for a few days at least – the country tries to forget we are br(...)

Protesters clash with Bulgarian riot police during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Sofia. Photograph:  AP Photo/Georgi Kozhuharov

Anti-corruption protesters yesterday demanded the immediate resignation of the Bulgarian government after a night of clashes in front of the parliamen(...)

Irish authorities made 27 times as many requests for people’s stored phone and internet use data compared to law enforcement agencies in comparably si(...)

Protesters opposing the Socialist-led government throw plastic bottles and other objects at a heavily guarded bus trying to get deputies out of the parliament where they had been discussing budget measures, in Sofia. Photograph: Reuters

Hundreds of protesters built barricades around Bulgaria’s parliament, effectively trapping over 100 lawmakers, ministers, and journalists in the build(...)

Lebanon’s Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses supporters via a video conference during iftar, the breaking of fast meal, during the Islamic month of Ramadan in Beirut’s southern suburbs last week. Photograph: Sharif Karim/Reuters

The European Union has agreed to blacklist Hizbullah’s military wing, but pledged to maintain political dialogue with the group, amid concerns about(...)

Lebanon’s Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (2nd R), escorted by his bodyguards, greets his supporters at an anti-US protest in Beirut’s southern suburbs, in September. Photograph: Sharif Karim/Reuters.

The European Union has agreed to put the armed wing of Hizbullah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant grou(...)

Dick Roche: asked by Hungarian ethanol producer Pannonia to “look into the potential impact of the commission’s proposals”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former minister for the environment Dick Roche has been lobbying MEPs on behalf of a Hungarian ethanol producer ahead of a European Parliament decisio(...)

The National Aquatic Centre at Abbotstown in Dublin. Dublin Waterworld Ltd entered into a lease in 2003 to operate the centre but a dispute later arose about whether VAT was payable on the lease. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The former operator of the National Aquatic Centre is claiming more than €30 million losses and damages over being pursued by a State-owned company fo(...)

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