Students demonstrate in Barcelona against the position of the Spanish government to ban the self-determination referendum of Catalonia. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The Parnell Monument which stands at the top of Dublin’s O’Connell Street is an almost 50m high triangular obelisk similar in prominence to the well k(...)

Customers at the new Amazon bookstore - the online retail behemoth’s seventh bricks-and-mortar store - at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle in Manhattan

Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, has often struck a defiant tone when asked about the company’s dominance of the book industry. “Amazon is n(...)

Amanda Abdon in front of the gift shop where she works in Mount Gilead, Ohio. Abdon, who voted for Donald Trump, is eager for a repeal of the health care tax penalty her boyfriend had to pay this year. Photograph: Andrew Spear/New York Times

The challenge Annette Cottrell pondered was how to grade US president Donald Trump’s stormy first full week on the job. A trade war bubbling up with M(...)

Stuart Cole, director, Adams Fine Art Auctioneers, with actor Sarah Kinlen, holding the historic Patrick Pearse letter. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Government officials have ruled out forcing the owner of Pádraig Pearse’s handwritten surrender letter to sell it to the state. The note, which marke(...)

Stuart Cole of Adam’s  and Sarah Kinlen with the  Patrick Pearse letter   urging rebels to surrender. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It is understandable that when a significant historical document finds its way into an auctioneer’s catalogue, there are calls for the State to buy it(...)

Former astronaut and senator John Glenn gives the thumbs up  after returning from space in October 1998, at the age of 77. Photograph: George Shelton/Nasa/Reuters

John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century’s greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world’s oldest astronaut, in(...)

Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in 2011,  may have inspired Ohio State University attack suspect Abdul Razak Ali Artan, according to the FBI.

The man who injured 11 people in an attack at Ohio State University may have been inspired by Islamic State and the late al Qaeda-linked cleric Anwar (...)

Ireland’s only Aquanaut Dr Marc Ó Gríofa with Jake (15); and Robyn (12) Guildea at the Diving into Space event as part of Science Week at the National Aquatic Centre. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Outer space was brought down to Earth on Sunday as Dubliners donned scuba gear to “dive into space”, kicking off this year’s Science Week in Dublin. (...)

A demonstrator  during a protest against the election of Republican Donald Trump in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Cole Howard/Reuters

Donald Trump performed his first flip-flop as US president-elect when he back-tracked on criticism of protesters demonstrating against his election vi(...)

Donald Trump (centre) campaigning in Florida, the biggest, most valuable battleground state in the US presidential election. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Voters go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a successor to Barack Obama as president of the United States. Here’s what to watch out for as results are (...)

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