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In a photo provided by the university, Colette Bourlier (90) defends her thesis to earn a doctorate of geography at the Université de Franche-Comté in Besancon, France. Bourlier began research into immigrant workers after retiring as a high school teacher in 1983. “I am old,” she said. “Now, I just want to relax.”  Photograph: Ludovic Godard/Université de Franche-Comté via The New York Times

Doctoral students the world over have long despaired about the gruelling hours required to obtain a PhD. Just ask Colette Bourlier, age 90. This we(...)

I arrive to work at my usual er-yeah-whatever o’clock and I cop it the moment I swing the old Five Serious into my porking space outside. It’s gone. (...)

Martin Fennelly: ‘I love having antiques from Ireland in my shop . . . they are wonderful creations, little memory capsules and often evoke an elegiac response from the viewer’. Photograph: Podge Kelly

Martin Fennelly Antiques is at 60 Francis Street in Dublin’s “art and antiques quarter”. “There’s a great sense of community and the Liberties’ spirit(...)

A man supposed to be the suspect who held over an attack against a gas company site is escorted by police officers during investigations in Saint-Priest, near Lyon, France. Photograph: Reuters/Emmanuel Foudrot

The suspected Islamist who attempted to blow up a French chemical plant on Friday has admitted killing his manager beforehand, a source close to the i(...)

 Police investigators continue to work at the scene of a suspected Islamist attack, outside the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier. Photograph: Maxime Jegat/EPA

French authorities are questioning a 35-year-old delivery man of North African origin suspected of a Islamist attack involving the beheading of his bo(...)

Bafétimbi Gomis is expected to join Newcastle United from Lyon this weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

The Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed the club have reached an agreement with Newcastle United for the sale of striker Bafétimbi Gomis. The(...)

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