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 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina in Dublin during the 2018 presidential election. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Ireland’s next presidential election in 2025 could be a very different animal to previous campaigns, with candidates needing to reach voters not just (...)

Mayor Neal Dow the ‘Napoleon of Temperance’.

On the evening of June 2nd, 1855 the recently re-elected Mayor of Portland, Neal Dow, found himself besieged in City Hall by a crowd of more than 3,00(...)

Riders take to the road with e-bikes during a tour in Italy. E-bikes have motors run by batteries to help riders go up hills, and that can be a boon for tour companies who can accommodate slower riders. Photograph: Experience Plus! Bicycle Tours via The New York Times

On a cycling tour along the coast of south-west Sardinia, Kathleen Robinson thanked God she was riding an electric bike up the winding heights. But sh(...)

Senator Mitt Romney said he was concerned about the precedent of the White House moving forward with a policy overtly rejected by Congress. Photograph:  Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times

The Republican-led Senate has issued a stinging rebuke of Donald Trump’s border wall, voting to block the president’s declaration of an emergency at t(...)

The view from Liberty Hall of  traffic crossing the Liffey from Tara Street, in Dublin. File photograph: Getty Images

Morrill’s Corner in Portland is one of the Maine city’s busiest traffic junctions. Some 33,000 cars pass through it each day, and it doesn’t take much(...)

California attorney general Xavier Becerra:  Suing   Trump over his emergency declaration to fund wall on  US-Mexico border. Photograph: Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

California and 15 other US states have filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border. Californi(...)

Douglas Kennedy: The Great Wide Open takes in the Nixon/Ford/Carter/Reagan years, with walk-on parts from Donald Trump and Brendan Kennelly

Douglas Kennedy chuckles when I say I never expected to read a novel which featured walk-on parts for both Donald Trump and Brendan Kennelly. The Amer(...)

Snow blanketing Prospect Park in Brooklyn, in January 2014. Forecasters expect Wednesday’s high temperature to be minus 25 degrees Celsius in Chicago and Minneapolis. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

A blast of Arctic-chilled air from the polar vortex brought dangerous, record-setting cold to a wide swath of the eastern United States on Tuesday, s(...)

New Year’s Eve in Dublin. Colleagues in the FT office on New Year’s Day this year were competing not about how late they stayed out the night before but about who managed to get to bed before 10pm. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Clearly none of us is getting any younger. But it still seemed remarkable that colleagues in the FT office on New Year’s Day were competing not about (...)

Benjamin Vidmar  faces three months of total darkness, winter temperatures of -20°C and ferocious Arctic storms and blizzards while trying to grow in the Arctic

After a summer of 32°C highs in Co Clare, a winter of heavy snow and seven weeks of absolute drought it’s time to start looking at how others manage t(...)

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