A fighter with the Syrian Democratic Forces takes aim with his Kalashnikov after seeing a man walking towards his position in Baghouz, in eastern Syria. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State may be on the brink of defeat in Syria, but its ideology remains a potent recruitment tool. In the American midwest, a region that has p(...)

Kieran Paul Osbourne is originally from Antrim but now lives in Madrid
Welcome to my place. . . Madrid
  • Abroad
  • February 10, 2019, 06:00

Kieran Osborne was born in Belfast in 1957. He went to Madrid in 1979 and in 1980 started work as a teacher of English in a private school, Colegio Re(...)

David Chase: “I didn’t think that The Sopranos would chart any kind of new course. All I wanted to do is just get as close to cinema as I could.” Photograph: Devin Yalkin/New York Times

“‘Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation,” Tony Soprano once told his mob cohorts in The Sopranos. If David Chase, Tony’s creator, doesn’t (...)

Darlene Coker is shown with her thoracic surgeon David Sugarbaker

Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her(...)

Somali-American Ismail Mohamed from Columbus, Ohio, is out to connect the Democratic Party with Ohio’s Somali community.

Ismail Mohamed’s life could have turned out very differently. Born in 1992, when civil war raged across Somalia, his family and he were forced to live(...)

“With hindsight, not least following the past two years, the world might be a better place had Columbus been detained in Galway.”
In a Word . . .

One of my favourite debating motions from undergraduate days in Galway was “That Columbus went too far”. Of course, Columbus’s journey westwards acros(...)

Edward Hopper’s ‘Chop Suey’ (1929)

It’s a simple scene: just two women chatting in a restaurant. But as depicted by the great American painter Edward Hopper in his 1929 work Chop Suey, (...)

 Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson gives a victory speech at his election night party in Newark, Ohio. Photograph:  Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Republican candidates backed by US president Donald Trump clung to small leads in closely watched races in Ohio and Kansas on Wednesday, with the nar(...)

 Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, with her lawyer Michael Avenatti. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

Stormy Daniels, the porn actor who has said she had an affair with US president Donald Trump, was arrested while performing at an Ohio strip club on (...)

Pantera founder and drummer Vinnie Paul with ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill in Las Vegas in 2006. File photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Vinnie Paul, the drummer and co-founder of heavy metal band Pantera, has died, the group announced in a statement on Facebook. The Texas-born musici(...)

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