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Former US president George Bush: He  was the youngest pilot in the US navy. He remains the last president with combat experience. Of all the theories behind the spurt in populism – the 2008 crash, immigration – the passing of the “greatest” generation from both high office and the electorate is under-discussed. Photograph:  Luke Frazza/Getty Images

As Americans pore over the feats of the late George HW Bush, so extensive that you half-expect “rocket scientist” to pop up, it is still the first tha(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron (centre) waves to citizens as he assesses the damages of the ‘Yellow Vests’ protest a day earlier, next to the Champs Elysee in Paris on December 2nd Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron was forced to make a humiliating and unprecedented climbdown on Tuesday in the face of continuing street protests. He(...)

A file image of Lough Hyne in Skibbereen, Co Cork which a residents’ group is concerned could be impacted by plans to build a plastics factory in the area

Opponents of a plastics factory proposed for Skibbereen, Co Cork are to apply to the High Court for leave to bring judicial review proceedings over An(...)

When did everyone in Ireland start using the vowel “o” in a certain single-syllable version of the informal term for mother? Did I miss a meeting at w(...)

Ballon d’Or: Ada Hegerberg on stage with Martin Solveig and (left) David Ginola.  Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

It was the moment Ada Hegerberg, a 23-year-old Norwegian striker with Olympique Lyonnais, had dreamed of. She had just become the first woman to be aw(...)

Demonstrators near the Arc de Triomphe during a protest of “yellow vests” against rising fuel prices and living costs in Paris on Saturday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

The French government said on Tuesday it would suspend planned fuel tax increases for six months, in response to violent protests against the measures(...)

A student is arrested by police during a demonstration, on Monday, in Bordeaux, southwestern France.  Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

The atmosphere in France remained anxious and tense on Monday, as militants from the “yellow vests” movement called for further demonstrations in Pari(...)

Graffiti  on a  wall at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on the day after serious clashes with yellow vest protesters. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

A crane stacked carcasses of charred cars atop a flatbed lorry on the avenue de la Grande Armée. Green municipal vans with power hoses began a three-d(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron (centre) on Sunday assesses the damage from the ‘yellow vests’ protests next to the Champs Elysee in Paris. Photograph: EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron ordered his prime minister on Sunday to hold talks with political leaders and demonstrators as he sought a way out of(...)

Firemen extinguish burning cars set alight by protesters wearing yellow vests, during clashes near the Place de l’Etoile in Paris, France. Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Police fired stun grenades, tear gas and water cannon in battles with “yellow vest” protesters in Paris, in a third weekend of nationwide unrest again(...)

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