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Claire McGowan: subtle characterisation, elegant plotting and a nuanced eye for post-Troubles politics

Joseph Knox’s glittering, delirious noir debut, Sirens, introduced us to Manchester-based Detective Aidan Waits, a hard-boiled hero with a dark past, (...)

Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations Ibrahim Khraishi during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss “the deteriorating human rights situation” in the Palestinian Territories. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Israel says it won’t co-operate with the inquiry called for by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on Friday into recent violence on the Is(...)

St Raphael’s Garda credit union: has signed up with Swiss banking technology provider Temenos to enhance the services offered to members.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Ireland’s largest credit union is investing a “significant seven-figure” sum to give its members mobile and online banking services. St Raphael’s Ga(...)

Taj Mahal mausoleum: India’s top court sharply criticised the government for failing to protect the legendary monument from pollution. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty

India’s supreme court has directed the country’s federal government to invite international experts to fix the “serious” change in colour due to pollu(...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani said he had heard details about the European-US proposals only from media reports. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Western envoys said on Wednesday that Britain, Germany and France were nearing a package to put to US president Donald Trump to try to persuade him to(...)

David O’Brien, with his father Peter. Aged 37, David was the first person with Down syndrome in Ireland to complete the Applied Leaving Certificate.

Every day is different in David O’Brien’s part-time job as an operative at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin, just a 10-minute walk fr(...)

The Chinese Government is extending visa-free access to Hainan to make the destination more popular.

The annual list of the most expensive cities to do business in for 2018 was announced this week. New York, as ever, topped the list. However, three Sw(...)

A Syrian soldier films the damage to the Syrian Scientific Research Centre  which was attacked by US., British and French military strikes in Barzeh, near Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AFP

After six days of deliberations and bellicose rhetoric, the air strikes against Syria were largely a symbolic act by the US, the UK and France, with t(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “Russia condemns in the most serious way the attack on Syria, where Russian servicemen are helping the lawful government in the fight against terrorism.” Photograph: Getty Images

Russia responded with a stream of invective and bluster to the US-led air strikes on Syria on Friday night, but the immediate threat of a direct milit(...)

Theresa May will emphasise the broad support the military action received from other western governments. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Theresa May will face criticism on Monday from MPs, including some in her own party, for her failure to seek prior authorisation from Parliament befor(...)

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