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 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

A Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protester holds the  French tricolour. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

Dozens of masked and hooded anarchists clashed with riot police in Paris on Wednesday, burning bins, smashing property and hurling bottles and rocks,(...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “I think the news of the death of Europe at the hand of populism has been greatly exaggerated.”  Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti

Matteo Renzi’s office, in a 16th-century Roman palazzo opposite Italy’s senate, is incongruously decorated with mementos of his time as a jet-setting (...)

Bologna, Italy

You made it through January, it must be time to reward yourself by planning a weekend away in the spring. There is nothing wrong with the classics – s(...)

The construction of hotels is picking up and almost 1,000 new rooms were added to the Dublin market last year. Photograph: iStock

Occupancy at Dublin’s hotels reached a record level last year helped by a large number of events held in the capital. According to data from travel (...)

Dua Lipa: picked up four nominations. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Singers Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa, Jess Glynne and George Ezra are among the nominees for next month’s Brit Awards, Britain’s annual pop music honours, in (...)

Uffizi Gallery director Eike Schmidt holds onto a copy of  ‘Vase of Flowers’ by Dutch artist Jan van Huysum, at the gallery in Florence, Italy. Photograph: Uffizi Gallery press office via AP

The director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, has urged Germany to return a Dutch masterpiece stolen by Nazi troops during the second World W(...)

Louise Bruton: “My tee-shirts, jumpers, jackets and coats regularly fall victim to being covered in bobbly bits of wool as the friction between the seat of my wheelchair and my arms, shoulders and back causes them to wear down.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

When you start using a wheelchair, there’s a number of things your doctors and nurses can’t tell you. The things you pick up from the lived-in experie(...)

John Dowling: “Adorable, always good-humoured and very, very intelligent”. Photograph: Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci/PA

It is not unusual to hear praise for the dead. But the praise yesterday from students and colleagues of John Dowling, the 66-year-old Irish lecturer m(...)

Daniela Vindisova: “It feels good here. I have never felt like I’m in some kind of minority.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Daniela Vindisova was just 17 when she first left her home in eastern Slovakia to go to college in Bratislava. She speaks five languages and has live(...)

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