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The cast and crew of O by Cirque du Soleil, one of Las Vegas’s longest-running productions, celebrate its return  at the Bellagio Resort & Casino on July 1st. Photograph: Denise Truscello/Getty Images/MGM Resorts International

Whether for the Elvis Presley years or the heyday of ’80s glam rock, Las Vegas has always unashamedly trafficked in nostalgia. Right now the city yea(...)

Kellie Harrington with coaches John Conlan and Zaur Antia after her semi-final win over Thailand’s  Sudaporn Seesondee. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The last weekend of the Olympic Games and people are coming up for air after more than two weeks below the surface. From the steamer of the golf cours(...)

The IOC’s Olympic spirit blathers on about “mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play”, all noble if happy-clappy sentiments that ring extremely hollow when the folk who trumpet them have the host city over a barrel and seem hell-bent on generating local hostility, paranoia and fear. Photograph: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)

You don’t get a great deal of down time as a jobbing hack at the Olympics but my schedule at the Rio Games meant the laptop lid was sometimes snapped (...)

Alexandra Furbee will be spending Christmas in Ireland with her partner, but says she will miss spending the time with her parents in Florida.

Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together. As we all know, this year is like no other and there are countless families here and aroun(...)

Brazil’s senator Flávio Bolsonaro and his father President Jair Bolsonaro have rejected allegations of involvement. Photograph: Reuters

Public prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro have once again linked the family of Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro to members of the criminal organ(...)

In 2003 Tyrone whipped themselves into a welter of energy and fury and blindly crowded whatever player in green and gold happened to have the football. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Certain cinema scenes remain imperishable: the shark fin coming out of the summer waters in Amity; the extra-terrestrial in the bicycle basket; Henry (...)

Belmond owns the Hotel Cipriani in Venice

Luxury goods maker LVMH has agreed to buy Belmond, the owner of hotels including Venice’s landmark Cipriani, for $3.2 billion including debt, to incre(...)

Brazilian soldiers patrol at Copacabana beach. Photograph:  Carl De Souza /AFP/Getty Images

It is another glorious winter morning in Rio de Janeiro and though only 8am, the mercury has already zipped past 20 degrees, and the few clouds in the(...)

João Gilberto circa 1960. A recent announcement of his death, on Twitter, turned out to be exaggerated. Photograph: Tom Copi/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Last month it was announced on Facebook that the Brazilian bossanovista João Gilberto had died. The singer and virtuoso guitarist had collapsed at his(...)

O’Hara’s beer will be available in Brazil in a couple of months, said Ignacio Rivera  of Hijos de Rivera.

Galician brewery Hijos de Rivera, which last year took a 32 per cent stake in Irish craft beer producer O’Hara’s, is to launch the Carlow company’s pr(...)

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