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Robert Bigelow, a billionaire aerospace entrepreneur and longtime friend   in North Las Vegas, Nevada in April 2010. File photograph: Isaac Brekken/The New York Times

In the $600 billion annual US defence department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification programme was almost i(...)

Ian Keatley: Munster outhalf is the product of  Belvedere College, UCD and the  Leinster academy and also played for  Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Leinster completed the sleeves-rolled-up win in Sandy Park last Sunday which reaffirmed their status as European Champions Cup contenders, 18 of (...)

Geordan Murphy: “We let ourselves down on the big stage. We were bullied. We have an opportunity on Sunday to circle the wagons. Let’s see how we get on.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Matt O’Connor is as good a place as any to begin our catch up with Geordan Murphy. The man who shaped his latter playing days and present coaching ph(...)

Jenny Fran Davis: Everything Must Go digs into the transactional nature of relationships

“I’m supertired of selling parts of myself in exchange for love from other people.” The transactional nature of relationships is the nub of Everything(...)

Tunnel: Vengeance (Sky Atlantic, Thursday, 9pm), which, with similarly potent symbolism, will be the third and last series of the Franco-British collaboration.

Here’s a conspiracy theory: we can trace the current fracture in international relations right back to the unintended consequences of a single televis(...)

To some in Brussels the UK’s decision to quit the EU has been eclipsed by the reform agenda set out in September by French president Emmanuel Macron

To the person running an industrial business in a mid-sized German town, the fate of the Irish Border post-Brexit will naturally be of considerably le(...)

Rescue workers  on the site of collision between a train and a schoolbus in Millas, France, on Thursday night. Photograph: France Bleu Roussillon via Reuters

The four children killed in a crash involving a regional train and a school bus close to the border with Spain have been identified, French authoritie(...)

Trisha O’Neill: ‘With an Australian husband and us living in the US for the past five years,  travelling with two young kids has become the norm.’

Christmas is fast approaching and many Irish parents living abroad are preparing to pack up their bundles of joy and bring them back to Ireland for a (...)

Patrick Guilbaud on Noma? “It’s not for me.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Beneath Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud on Dublin’s Merrion Street, in a temperature-controlled room, thousands of wine bottles line the red-brick racks w(...)

A demonstrator holds a cloth hanger and a sign reading “Strong, proud, feminist and angry” during a protest for abortion rights in Paris. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

There are two types of abortion in France. Voluntary abortion is legal without restrictions until the 12th week of pregnancy, while the medical inter(...)

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