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 Protesters from the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ movement clash with French riot police near the Invalides during a demonstration in Paris, France. Photograph: Julien de rosa/EPA

A Paris court said on Sunday it had begun an investigation into anti-Semitic insults hurled at French philosopher and intellectual Alain Finkielkraut (...)

Angela Merkel  and Mike Pence (L) leave after a photo call during the 55th Munich Security Conference this weekend. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a strong rejoinder Saturday to US demands that European allies pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and gave a (...)

Impossible Love is among the offerings at this year’s festival

A veritable pot-pourri – that might well be the best way to describe this year’s Cork French Film Festival which, to mark its 30th anniversary, is ser(...)

Men who had been arrested by Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers over suspected links to the Islamic State are held in Deir al-Zour province, in Syria, on January 30th. US president Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria provoked widespread fears over aresurgence of the Islamic State. Photograph: New York Times

Germany can take back Islamic State fighters captured in Syria only if the suspects have consular access, the interior ministry said on Sunday, playin(...)

Israeli director Nadav Lapid holds his Golden Bear for best film for Synonymes at the   Berlinale film festival on Saturday. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s film Synonyms, about an Israeli man who tries to suppress his origins after moving to Paris, starting with his own lang(...)

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(...)

Snowdrop Festival, Kilbride estate, Tullow, Co Carlow

Destinations to watch Online travel agent Click&Go has released its first Travel Barometer results, an analysis of travel trends in 2018. Destina(...)

British prime minister Theresa May, EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier  and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Something significant has changed in the Brexit calculus in the last few months. The euro-zone economy has run into the buffers, with the latest data (...)

Construction site of the national children’s hospital: its costs are soaring but the Government appears to learn  from  such mistakes. Photograph: Tom Honan

Whatever happens now, the new national children’s hospital will cost the State a fortune, vastly more than anyone thought when they were making decisi(...)

Photograph: Moment/Getty

Few things feel more counter-intuitive to a gardener than the annual late winter/early spring ritual that is rose pruning. Because if you want your ro(...)

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