US president Joe Biden and French president Emmanuel Macron. In the round, Paris gets the US more right than some easily mesmerised European capitals. File photograph: New York Times

The French approach to foreign affairs can be cold, one-eyed, chauvinist – and right. De Gaulle’s blackballing of Britain from the European project tu(...)

 Emmanuel Macron: “The nation has a debt to French Polynesia. This debt is for having provided a place for these tests.” Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty

President Emmanuel Macron has recognised France’s “debt” to French Polynesia for nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific between 1966 and 1996. (...)

Chateau d’Estoublon in Provence, France. The property is included in Airbnb’s new platform. Photograph: Airbnb

When Airbnb launched in 2008, the tech startup offered cash-strapped travellers cheap overnight stays on sofas and in spare bedrooms around the world.(...)

Civic workers carry out fumigation in Bangalore, India. Photograph:  Jagadeesh NV/EPA

Climate change is poised to increase the spread of dengue fever, which is common in parts of the world with warmer climates like Brazil and India, a n(...)

The Irish countryside is many things – cold, wet, grey, green, remote, wet, barren, cow-filled, morose, stoney, wet, brown... Photograph: iStock Photo

We live in a listy time and much of the content we consume comes broken into digestible chunks and helpfully numbered so we can rank its importance mo(...)

Former US President Barack Obama  at the University of Chicago on Monday night. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

In the three months since former US president Barack Obama left the White House, his bereft supporters have been keen to catch a glimpse of the man wh(...)

Former US president Barack Obama speaks during a forum at the University of Chicago held to promote community organising, his   first formal public appearance since leaving office. Photograph: Getty

Barack Obama said that immigrants to the US are being demonised in the same way as Irish people who arrived in America after the Famine. In his firs(...)

Former US president Barack Obama during a meeting with youth leaders at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago on Monday. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters

Barack Obama, making his first formal public appearance since leaving the White House, said on Monday that partisanship and special interests have poi(...)

 Nick Dwyer and Barbara Heftman are interviewed in Sydney after being rescued off Australia’s southeastern coast. Photograph: Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP

On Tuesday, Irishman Nick Dwyer and his partner Barbara were clinging to each other inside an upside down cabin while waves the size of buildings slam(...)

A rendering of the proposed artificial floating island project in a tropical lagoon in French Polynesia, designed as a response to climate change. Photograph: Seasteading Institute via The New York Times

You might call it a Noah’s Ark for an era of melting polar ice sheets. An audacious plan to respond to climate change by building a city of floating i(...)

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