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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow. File photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Democracy is suffering a mid-life crisis – its best days are behind it, its future uncertain, the academic David Runciman argues in his recent book, H(...)

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

“What’s been the roughest day so far?” I should have been worried when he asked this; everyone else I met on my trip had asked “Where was the best pl(...)

France: A renovated chambre d’hôtes near the village of Champniers-et-Reilhac village

IRELAND: CO LOUTH Capital Lettings is seeking €265,000 for this three-bed house at Drumcar, Dunleer, Co Louth. Louth: A three-bed home in (...)

Migrants in difficulty are approached by the Aquarius. Photograph: Patrick Barr/AP

In Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, Ibrahim is saving up money so he can try the sea again. He’s 17, a gay Somali who fled his home in Mogadishu wh(...)

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, promised to increase childcare places and introduce other measures to encourage couples to have more children. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Japan suffered its biggest population decline on record this year, according to new figures that underline the country’s losing battle to raise its bi(...)

Arup’s BIQ building in Hamburg has a bioreactor façade or photosynthetic curtain which uses microalgae to control light, provide shade from the sun and generate heat for hot water or internal heating.

Some scientists spend years manipulating and analysing microscopic biological, chemical or physical interactions in the hope of seeing something new t(...)

Prof Gianpiero Cavalleri: “We also used DNA to inform on the population structure and history of the Traveller community, and we were able to contribute in some small way to the debate around the recognition of Travellers as an ethnic minority.”

What areas do you research? “I’m interested in how we all differ at the level of our DNA, the set of genes we inherit. Understanding and studying the(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

Wolves arrived in Ireland 20,000 years ago and remained until the late 1700s.

Large predators are returning to Europe, with wolves making a comeback in Germany, France and Scandinavia. Recently wolves even turned up in Denmark f(...)

European commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis said Italy urgently needed to restore investor confidence. Photograph: Reuters

Rome and Brussels have ended their long-running feud over Italy’s 2019 budget, striking a deal on spending plans that had rattled investors and stoked(...)

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