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Skiers, some wearing  face masks, take to the slopes in the ski resort of Verbier in the Swiss Alps on November 15th. Photograph:  Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

Europe’s Alpine region is facing a high-altitude stand-off after Austria dismissed proposals by Germany, France and Italy to postpone – or even cancel(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman have held talks, an Israeli cabinet minister confirmed. Photographs: Maya Alleruzzo, Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP via Getty Images

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu secretly met with Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman and United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo in(...)

Few people who exercise don masks with enthusiasm when it comes to vigorous workouts, convinced that they will make our faces sweaty, breathing laboured and workouts more draining. Photograph: Rudi Suardi/iStock

Exercising during the pandemic has been challenging for many of us. Gyms have closed, as have pools and other recreational facilities. If trails are o(...)

Managing director of Microsoft Ireland Cathriona Hallahan at the company’s new engineering hub   in Leopardstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Microsoft is to create 200 engineering jobs in Dublin, expanding its existing 600-strong team and opening a €27 million engineering hub at its Leopard(...)

Protesters take part in a demonstration in front of Kaplan hospital in Rehovot, Israel, demanding the release from prison in Israel of Palestinian Maher Al-Akhras, who has been on a hunger strike for 100 days. Photograph: Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

In a bold move to refurbish their sullied image in Washington, the Palestinians are laying the groundwork for an overhaul to one of their most cherish(...)

Michael Fitzgerald says his uncle’s shooting had a profound impact on his family

On the morning of November 21st, 1920, John J Fitzgerald, known in the family as Jack, was shot dead in his bed at a lodging house in Earlsfort Terrac(...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu making a joint statement after meeting in Jerusalem on Thursday. Photograph: Maya Alleruzzo/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Mike Pompeo, during the first visit by a United States secretary of state to a West Bank settlement since Warren Christopher, has declared that settl(...)

Palestinian prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh: Cash-strapped authority needs Israel  to transfer taxes and tariffs.  Photograph: Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency

The Palestinian Authority has agreed to resume security and civil co-ordination with Israel six months after severing relations in protest against Isr(...)

A woman placed an order on Apple’s website for a laptop and was promised a delivery date in early May. Photograph: iStock

Apple has fallen foul of the Irish advertising watchdog after failing to deliver a product to a customer in a promised time frame while a radio statio(...)

Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, the European Union representative for the Palestinian Territories, is heckled as he visits the construction site for Givat Hamatos settlement in East Jerusalem. Photograph: Maya Alleruzzo

The head of the European Union’s mission to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, was chased away from a politically sensitive Jerus(...)

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