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Lucia Kickham and Philip Connaughton: ‘I’ve probably been very close to death several times but managed to wake up the next morning and carry on,’ Philip says

What book do you keep returning to? Philip The book I return to – and it’s the same as my dad – is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. My dad would always ha(...)

An urban farm in Havana

By not participating in the ravenous capitalism of the second half of the 20th century, Cuba avoided much of the environmental degradation seen elsewh(...)

Peter Casey (60) on the set of ‘Dragons’ Den’, RTÉ

According to the latest opinion poll and the received political wisdom, Michael D Higgins is as good as a certainty to be re-elected as president. T(...)

epA man mocks Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega during an anti-government protest in Managua on August 11th. Photograph: Esteban Biba/EPA

Juan José is digging a latrine on the small, 8m by 25m plot the government of Daniel Ortega has given him to build a house. It is prime real estate, a(...)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who will give the keynote address at the World Meeting of Families on Wednesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Cardinal Donald Wuerl is in Dublin this week to address the World Meeting of Families on Wednesday. Archbishop of Washington since 2006, he succeeded (...)

Nicaragua’s president, Daniel Ortega, delivers a speech during the commemoration of the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution  in Managua on Thursday. Photograph: Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images

Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega has urged protesters to end what he described as their attempt to destabilise the country, after police and heavily(...)

When I googled “how to pack your bag” last week I got 449 million results, more than “how to end poverty” and “how to cure cancer” combined

The other day I caught up with a well-travelled American friend who had outdone himself this year by managing to see penguins in Antarctica, gorillas (...)

Beck Dorey-Stein: Obama 'can put everyone at ease by cracking a joke, but then of course you feel really dumb because he’s always funnier than you'. Photograph: Lawrence Jackson

You wait and wait and wait, and then not one but a dozen memoirs by staff in the Obama administration flood the market at the one time. Each is more w(...)

A woman  walks past US consulate in Guangzhou, China. A number of US diplomats were evacuated this week after complaining  of symptoms similar to those “following concussion or minor traumatic brain injury”. Photograph:   Sue-Lin Wong/Reuters

China has said it is prepared to help get to the bottom of a mysterious illness that has sickened Americans working at the US consulate in the souther(...)

The Canton Place apartments in Guangzhou, China. American diplomats working at the US consulate in Guangzhou developed symptoms in at least two apartment complexes, including the Canton Place apartments, after a possible “sonic attack”. Photograph:  Lam Yik FeiThe New York Times

A crisis over a mysterious ailment sickening US diplomats and their families – which began in Cuba and recently appeared in China – has widened as the(...)

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