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Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is before the Oireachtas health committee on Wednesday morning, where he must put on a performance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

The political temperature over the future of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) continues to rise – and has now entered into a rolling boil that wi(...)

People gather to see the cherry blossoms at Kinshi Park in Tokyo. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

Once a year, trees across Japan fleetingly erupt with plump pink and white cherry blossoms, heralding the arrival of spring. Over the next few days, p(...)

Daniel Mulcahy is from Galway and a graduate of NUIG’s BA in English and creative writing. Since 2019, he has been living and working in Kyoto where h(...)

A firefighter stands outside the scene with other officials where 27 people died after a blaze at a clinic in Osaka. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

At least 27 people were feared dead after a fire swept through a psychiatry clinic in the Japanese city of Osaka on Friday, and police were investigat(...)

August 1945: A man wheels his bicycle through Hiroshima, days after the city was levelled by an atomic bomb blast. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

The fevered race to build an atomic bomb during the second World War famously ended in an airburst 580m above Hiroshima that killed 140,000 people and(...)

Irish physicist John Tyndall (1820-1893). He had  access to the most advanced laboratory equipment available. Photograph:  London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images

In August the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its sixth assessment report, described by secretary-general António Gu(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: “I am sufficiently equipped with a scientific mind to see that the objective circumstances require that we cannot continue at this pace, but must speed up.”  Photograph:  Hannibal Hanschke

Angela Merkel may have just weeks left in office but any farewell talk in Berlin is verboten amid the fallout of last week’s catastrophic floods and e(...)

US president Joe Biden speaking with British prime minister Boris Johnson at a Nato summit in Brussels on Monday. Photograph:  Olivier Matthys/POOL/EPA

The cold war film Dr Strangelove owes its shelf-life to its portrait of US-UK, not US-Soviet, relations. The straight man of the piece is a British ex(...)

Anthony Bourdain in Dublin in August 2010. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

“It was never my intention to be a reporter, a critic, an advocate. It was also never my intention to provide audiences with ‘everything’ they needed (...)

The Tokyo Olympics were rescheduled from 2020 to 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The event is set to start on July 23rd. File photograph: EPA

Japan has declared a third state of emergency for Tokyo and three western prefectures amid scepticism it will be enough to curb a rapid coronavirus re(...)

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