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Indian prime minister Narendra Modi pays tribute on the 148th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth , on October 2nd, 2017, at Rajghat in New Delhi. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

India’s supreme court has appointed an amicus curiae in a petition seeking a new investigation into Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination nearly 70 years ago(...)

Ireland’s win against Wales, courtesy of James McClean’s winning goal, brings the national team closer to a place at the World Cup – and reminds us that international soccer has a way of subverting the rules of global power. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With Ireland’s win against Wales, Martin O’Neill’s team is within two matches of a spot at the World Cup – another reminder that international soccer (...)

In Ireland, we dodge ladders, black cats and magpies, but other cultures have their own seemingly senseless superstitions. Photograph: Getty Images

Consider yourself superstitious? Do you dodge ladders, black cats and magpies? If so, here are 13 more superstitions for you to take note of as you tr(...)

About 2.8 million public services cards have been issued to date

Campaigners against the UK’s abandoned national ID card scheme have said there are “massive privacy issues” around the public services card (PSC) that(...)

US producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman arrive at 68th annual Cannes Film Festival in May 2015. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA/Pool

The controversy over film producer Harvey Weinstein deepened on Wednesday as revelations about his sexual behaviour over decades threatened to embroil(...)

The Bank of England in London. Britain’s economic growth has been revised downwards to 1.7 per cent by the IMF. Photograph: iStock

The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its forecast for Ireland’s economic performance, as it said the current broad-based global economic upswi(...)

Residents who support a united Spain give their farewell to Spanish police officer leaving the Pineda de Mar hotels in Barcelona. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

Most of today’s nations emerged from the dissolution of empires. Nationalisms now threaten the dissolution of states. The independence movement in Cat(...)

Danielle McLaughlin: found in a field close to the tourist resort of Canacona in Goa in March

The family of Donegal woman Danielle McLaughlin are hopeful the trial of the man charged with her killing will be fast-tracked. The family have rece(...)

Opposition members said the state government was “wilfully discriminating” against more than 200 million Muslims. Photograph: iStock

The Taj Mahal may be one of the world’s Seven Wonders, but it gets no mention in a new government-issued tourism brochure for the northern Uttar Prade(...)

Arun Kapil, author of ‘Fresh Spice’ and founder of Green Saffron,  in Green Saffron, Midleton, Co Cork. Photograph: Clare Keogh

For centuries spices have been used to add flavour and colour to food – but they have also been known to have wonderful medicinal properties. And whil(...)

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