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Vladimir Putin: The system of “managed democracy” that Putin instituted to perpetuate his rule requires the formal rituals of democracy

Few things are certain in politics, but the election of Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as president of Russia is a fairly safe bet. Sunday’s electio(...)

Sergio Garcia of Spain plays his shot from the second tee during the final round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on Sunday in Palm Harbor, Florida. Photograph: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Winning a US Masters did not change Sergio Garcia but the Spaniard was poised to have his life turned upside down on Tuesday as he discussed his Green(...)

School children around the world are being exposed on a daily basis to cigarette advertising and promotions by a tobacco industry that needs to recrui(...)

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of has a personal net worth of approximately $127 billion, the collective value of 2.3 million Americans.  Photograph: Mike Kane/Bloomberg

In January, Amazon announced its “finalist” list of North American 20 cities – out of an original 238 applicants – that remain in the running to becom(...)

Neil McNab in his playing days for Manchester City in 1985. He made a total of 260 appearances for the club and was one of their finest players during that decade. Photograph:  Mark Leech/Getty Images

Taking possession near the right-hand touchline, Neil McNab cut in towards the penalty box. As the Huddersfield Town defenders backed off, he switche(...)

Bord na Móna’s own power plant in Edenderry, Co Kildare, burns both peat and biomass. The company will confirm on Tuesday that it can supply enough biomass to fuel its own generator and the ESB power stations.

State energy company Bord na Móna has dropped plans to spend €60 million building a wood pellet factory in the US. The news comes as the company prep(...)

Online betting group GVC Holdings is buying one of the “leading online gaming operators in the Republic of Georgia”, Crystalbet, as part of shift in s(...)

“My phone rings, I answer it and a recorded female voice says: ‘Please dial the number you are calling.’  It is now wrecking my head and I dread the phone ringing.”

Ann Slaven got in touch with a story about Eir that is so bad it is almost comical. She was a landline customer of Eir – and before that Eircom and be(...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold predicted that the company would benefit from UK infrastructure projects such as High Speed 2. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Home- and road-building in the United States will help fuel growth at Ireland’s biggest company, CRH, in the coming year. While the Dublin-based grou(...)

There were four different players who wore the green 13 in the first five Test matches after O’Driscoll’s retirement.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Triskaidekaphobia, Brian O’Driscoll’s Twitter handle and the word that also adorns the official Leinster supporters club T-shirt in his honour, is a m(...)

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