Donald Trump speaks to a half-full arena during a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photograph: Albert Halim/EPA.

The arena may have only been half full. The queues relatively small. But Donald Trump’s return rally, held in the midst of a pandemic and against loca(...)

Jack Crowley has received some advice on his game from Ronan O’Gara. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

The rugby posts stand like sentinels in the paddock adjoining his family home in Innishannon and that’s where Jack Crowley can be found at some point (...)

Northwest Passage, a painting by W Thomas Smith. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

The towns of Banbridge, Dundalk and Wexford are the birthplaces of three of the legendary figures in the history of Arctic exploration – Francis Crozi(...)

 Johnny Sexton wants to see out his career with Leinster and Ireland. Photograph: Tommy Dickson

Johnny Sexton has rejected strong overtures from the Top 14 leaders Lyon to join them on a lucrative two-year deal, with the option of a third year, t(...)

 Dave Kearney of Leinser dives over to score a try that was subsequently disallowed. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Leinster 50 Northampton Saints 21 A facile triumph, the foundations of which were laid with a brisk opening salvo and then followed by intermittent e(...)

Taylor Swift accepts Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards in Los Angles. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Taylor Swift, straight off a controversial dive into US politics, was the big winner at the American Music Awards in Los Angles on Tuesday where (...)

Rev Jasper Williams jnr delivers the eulogy for Aretha Franklin at the funeral service for the singer at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Members of Aretha Franklin’s family felt the eulogy for the “Queen of Soul” delivered by a pastor at her funeral last week was “offensive and distast(...)

Singer Ariana Grande performs at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

A Detroit church swelled with gospel music on Friday for the funeral of Aretha Franklin, driving mourners to their feet to clap and sing ahead of trib(...)

The viewing of Aretha Franklin’s casket is seen at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Getty Images

The regal presence Aretha Franklin exuded in life is being captured at her viewing, with the late Queen of Soul in a gold-plated coffin dressed in red(...)

Members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition  1914-17, led by Ernest Shackleton, drink a toast to ‘sweethearts and wives’ on board the Endurance. Photograph: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty Images

So far, this winter has been colder than the last. Christmas scarves, hats and gloves have already been put to good use. The return to school means th(...)

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