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Firefighters watch the Thomas wildfire in the hills outside Montecito, California, on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

A raging California wildfire powered by fierce winds grew into the third-largest in state history last night as forced evacuations turned neighbourhoo(...)

Last week, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe revealed that the Republic has reached an agreement with Apple over the management of an escrow account into which the back-taxes, plus interest, must be held pending the outcome of separate legal appeals by the Government and Apple against the original EU decision.

The US government’s bid to intervene in Apple’s appeal against a European Commission order that the iPhone maker must pay up to €13 billion in Irish b(...)

Andrew Day: “Sperasoft adds considerably to our engineering services division, which we intend to continue to build organically and through acquisition”

Keywords Studios, an Irish-headquartered video gaming firm that listed in London four years ago, has acquired Sperasoft in a $27 million (€23m) deal.(...)

French environment minister  Nicolas Hulot (on the screen) speaking to OECD secretary general Angel Gurria (right)) and Mexico’s secretary of environment  Rafael Pacchiano (second right) during a session  of the One Planet Summit. Photograph: Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron was the first to admit the contrast between the festive atmosphere at the One Planet Summit he convened on Tuesday a(...)

Fire fighters attack the Thomas Fire’s north flank with backfires as they continue to fight a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles, near Ojai , California. Photograph: Gene Blevins/Reuters

Firefighters hope to gain further control on Tuesday of a wildfire, the fifth-largest in California’s history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry (...)

Undated  image issued by the European Southern Observatory of an artist’s impression showing a huge cigar-shaped object assumed to be an interstellar asteroid. Photograph: ESO/M Kornmesser/PA Wire

A huge cigar-shaped object assumed to be an interstellar asteroid could be an alien starship, scientists believe. The bizarre claim was made as resea(...)

Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age on stage at   the Forum Theatre on Saturday in Inglewood, California, where he kicked out at a photographer.  Photograph: Amy Harris/Invision/AP

Queens of the Stone Age guitarist and singer Josh Homme has apologised after a female photographer said she was kicked during a concert. Chelsea Laur(...)

Adam Driver at the red carpet event for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. Photograph: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Adam Driver has a reputation for being a serious young man, which is partly a matter of attitude and partly, I suspect, to do with some aspect of his (...)

Firefighters tackle flames as they advance on homes  in Carpinteria, California. Photograph: Reuters

The largest California wildfire advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fuelled(...)

An aircraft drops water on the Thomas Fire,  a wildfire in Fillmore, California on December 8th, 2017. Photograph: Gene Blevins/Reuters

Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as (...)

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