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Fyffes faced outright expulsion last week, but Ethical Trading Initiative has decided to give the new talks a chance. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Dublin-based tropical fruits company Fyffes has secured a reprieve from being expelled from an influential ethical body as the firm and its new Japane(...)

Indian schoolchildren in classroom. You can or combine a holiday with a taking part in a volunteer programme in dozens for interesting places around the world.
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Sometimes it is nice to take a holiday that involves doing things for other people. VSI.ie is a peace movement founded in 1965 in Ireland and has been(...)

The Langhe region of Piedmont, Italy, home of Barolo wine. A chauffeur-driven tour will enable you to sample the best of the vineyards

20% off luxury chauffeured Italian wine tour A luxurious chauffeur-driven journey through two of Italy’s classic wine regions – Barolo and Chianti – (...)

Bananalink protest outside the extraordinary general meeting of fruit distributor Fyffes, which approved the group’s €751 million takeover by Japanese group Sumitomo Corporation in February. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fyffes, the Dublin-based tropical fruits company taken over in February by a Japanese group, has been given until next month to resolve a dispute over(...)

The St Patrick’s Day Parade winds its way through Dublin city centre. File photograph: Eric Luke

While Ireland may be known for its “céad míle fáilte” it comes just 23rd in terms of friendliness according to a survey of expats. Ireland ranks 56t(...)

An OECD study showed girls were more likely than boys to want top grades. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish school students suffer much higher levels of anxiety than their European counterparts in the lead up to exams, according to new research on stud(...)

Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson in Washington last week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The Trump administration will honour a commitment by the United States to resettle 1,250 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention sources, the Au(...)

With its legendary “après-ski” activities, skiing is another good bet for singles looking for fun

It might be too late for this year but if you’re looking to boost your chances of being coupled up by the time Valentine’s Day 2018 rolls around, a ho(...)

Malcolm Turnbull: The Australian prime minister’s phone conversation with Donald Trump at the weekend was  “the worst call” of the day, the US president reportedly told Turnbull. Photograph: AAP/Lukas Coch/via Reuters

Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, was one of the first world leaders to call Donald Trump when he won the US presidential election in Nove(...)

A Cuban man gives another a haircut outside a Caritas centre housing migrants in Panama City. Photograph: Sally Hayden

In another country he’d be a pensioner, but grey-haired José is dreaming of a new life. Small and rotund, with baggy trousers and a stained shirt, he(...)

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