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Wal-Mart  expects net sales to be up between 2-3 per cent for the fiscal year, down from an earlier forecast of a rise of 5 per cent to 6 per cent. The retailer also cut its profit forecast by 10 cents a share.

Wal-Mart Stores has posted disappointing quarterly sales after shoppers worldwide proved cautious, prompting the discount retailer to lower its yearly(...)

Marie Gauvin touring Birr with her father, parade grand marshal Frank Wrafter, during the Vintage Week and Arts Festival hours before the incident.

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of assault causing harm in relation to an incident in which a woman lost the sight in one eye in Co Offaly (...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave with Nuala  Jordan, whose grandfather Timothy Harrington MP was mayor of Dublin from 1901 to 1903, at the Parnell Summer School today in Avondale house, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave appeared in excellent form today as he shared political anecdotes and humour at the Parnell Summer School in Co Wicklow(...)

Hungarian Laszlo Csatary, suspected of war crimes against Jews during Word War Two, is pictured in Budapest last year. He died at the weekend, aged 98.  Photograph: Reuters/Laszlo Balogh.

Laszlo Csatary, a former police officer indicted in June by Hungarian authorities for abusing Jews and contributing to their deportation to Nazi death(...)

Wreckage from a runaway train of oil tankers that derailed and exploded on July 6th, in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada.  Photograph: New York Times/Ian Willms

The railway whose runaway train killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last month filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada and the US last night (...)

A photo from their mother’s Facebook page of Noah and Connor Barth, who were strangled by an escaped python. Photograph: Facebook

The python that strangled two young brothers in Canada had been kept in the pet store owner’s apartment where the boys were sleeping and not with the (...)

Last year, schoolboy Oisín Millea found the mystery message in a bottle, which had been tossed into the Atlantic Ocean in Canada in June 2004, by two 12-year-old friends while on holiday in Grande Vallée, Québec. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

The two Canadian girls behind the message in a bottle which was found washed up in Passage East, Co Waterford, last October, have met the school boy w(...)

The incident took place at Reptile Ocean, Campbellton, New Brunswick. Image: Google Streetview

Two young boys were killed by a python that escaped from its enclosure at a pet store in Canada, police said yesterday.The brothers, aged five and sev(...)

If you’re fed up with earning returns of not much more than 2 per cent in a savings account and are ready to take a chance and plunge back into riskie(...)

 Kim Garth and Ireland will face Pakistan on Monday. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland lost their first big test of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers at Merrion Cricket Club today, as they went down to a eight-wicket defe(...)

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