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Striking rail workers protest in Paris on Tuesday over French president Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform the state-run rail company, SNCF. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

French rail workers launched a series of nationwide strikes on Tuesday, threatening months of transport disruption in the sternest challenge yet to Pr(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and interior minister Arye Deri:   deal with UN refugee agency cancelled shortly after it was announced. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Facing a right-wing backlash, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has cancelled a deal with the United Nations refugee agency to resettle tens o(...)

Ronan Doherty, chief executive of ElectroRoute: “I expect the next generation of wind farms in Ireland to be built at €40 per megawatt hour and below,” he says.

Eighteen months after Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Corporation bought a 60 per cent stake in Irish energy trading firm ElectroRoute, the eastern opportuniti(...)

Israeli prime minister Binjamin Netanyahu. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

In a dramatic last-minute U-turn, Israel has cancelled the deportation of some 35,000 African asylum seekers that was due to begin in the coming days.(...)

George Fleming: feels nothing has changed since the referendum in June 2016  and he is strongly critical of the North’s politicians.

From his office window in Newbuildings, Co Derry, George Fleming looks out on the Republic of Ireland. His company, Fleming Agri-Products, was founde(...)

People’s afflictions are legion: misshapen, brittle, thick or missing nails, fungal infections, corns, callouses, ingrown toenails and hard skin that just won’t give up

A few weeks ago I wrote about my terrible, terrible feet. That column contained a warning that if you’ve a “thing” about feet, to read no further. Tha(...)

 Anti-Brexit demonstrators wave European Union flags from the top deck of a bus parked outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Thursday. Photograph: Daniel Leal-OLivas/AFP/Getty Images

It seems nothing is out of bounds as people contemplate life after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Even health risks from below-standar(...)

Irish Ambassador to Russia Adrian McDaid arriving on Friday at  the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow, to be informed that an Irish diplomat is to be expelled. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

An Irish diplomat is being expelled from Russia in response to the expulsion of a Russian envoy from Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs has co(...)

'I was about to light a votive candle for Eric Douglas when my eye was caught by a movement in the shadows.'

The air inside the church felt cold and damp, perfumed with traces of burnt incense, melting candlewax, wet coats and old, unwashed flesh and heavy wi(...)

 UK consumers use an estimated 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year; three billion of which are incinerated, sent to landfill or end up as litter in urban areas, the countryside and the seas, officials said. Photograph: Getty

Pressure on the Government to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) for all drinks containers – whether plastic, glass or metal – has increased foll(...)

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