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Charlies Darwin argued that humans and apes share a common ancestor who lived more than 7m years ago. Illustration: iStock

India’s minister for higher education has been condemned by scientists for demanding the theory of evolution be removed from school curriculums becaus(...)

The views of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, who sees liberal values as inimical to success in “the great global race”, a race in which Russia, China and India are identified as among the strongest contenders, constitutes a clear challenge to European values. Photograph:  Michaela Rehle/Reuters

“If the European Union won’t pay, we’ll apply to China.” These words of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, spoken in Berlin earlier this month, re(...)

The Irish woman was out celebrating her 21st birthday with friends in the Kalighat area of Kolkata. Photograph: iStock

A man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for raping an Irish woman in the Indian city of Kolkata. Sujoy Mitra (40) was convicted of raping (...)

Peter Crouch is a fine, team-minded player and an excellent finisher. He would arguably score at least as many goals as Alvaro Morata over a single season. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

It is nearly 40 years since a famous photo emerged that left the nascent Indian space programme an object of widespread mockery. The photo, published (...)

The commemorative stamps.

On January 19th, 1968 Sir Alfred Chester Beatty died at the age of 92 in Monaco. This American-born, British knight of the realm became the first priv(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s wide-ranging speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg took in issues such a Brexit, climate change, European unity, tax issues and migration. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

It’s Leo Varadkar’s birthday on Thursday. This time last year, he was an ambitious young Cabinet minister with his eye on the top job. On Thursday he(...)

Purple aubergine curry by Arun Kapil

Indian food is a sunny antidote to dreary winter days, and as an added bonus, many of the spices used bring considerable health benefits. Arun Kapil’s(...)

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan with his wife, Suchi, and their children Maya and Meera at their home in Blanchardstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Ramakrishnan Ramanathan arrived in Ireland in 2007 he did not experience culture shock. He grew up in Mumbai and then spent his teenage years in (...)

About 30 per cent of children aged under 5 years have had a nose bleed, studies show. Photograph: iStock

Are you a rhinotillexomaniac? In other words, do you pick your nose? The socially acceptable answer is no, because none of us admits – out loud – to(...)

It was in his latter years, when the lure of slow golf and long lunches with grumpy old men was compelling, that he threw himself into the intractable issue of migration at a time when it was neither popular nor profitable.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Suds loved his rugby. He was a prop of substance. I had the privilege of watching him play for a combined Trinity/UCD team against a combined Oxford/C(...)

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