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Plant operators of the Australian military use a backhoe to clear fire-damaged trees from the great Alpine road between Bairnsdale and Omeo in Victoria. Photograph: Getty Images

Bolstered by cooler weather and desperately needed rain, exhausted firefighters in Australia have raced to shore up defences against deadly wildfires (...)

 Mercury will delight astronomers across the world, and some robotic observatories in space, with its  dash across the disk of the sun. Photograph: NASA handout/AFP/Getty Images

The planet Mercury will move across the sun on Monday. A relatively rare event, (the next one will not happen until 2032), which will be visible from (...)

Elijah Cummings has died aged 68. The Maryland Democrat, first elected in 1996, served as oversight chairman since January after the Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives in 2018 elections. Photograph: Justin T. Gellerson/The New York Times

US politician Elijah Cummings, one of the most influential Democrats in Congress and a key figure in the impeachment inquiry against president Donald (...)

Johnson & Johnson has been fined by a US court for its marketing of Risperdal. Photograph: JB Reed/Bloomberg

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday hit Johnson & Johnson with an $8 billion verdict over its marketing of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, siding wi(...)

Philip Glass: ‘Moving furniture was a perfect job.’ Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

In late October avant-garde composer, opera creator and musician Philip Glass will undertake a residency at the National Concert Hall that will includ(...)

Donegal musician Danny Burns: ‘I’ve worked in studios in LA, New York, New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago.’

Originally from Ballyshannon in Donegal, Danny Burns always had an interest in music. “I was raised in a family of working musicians, so I was surroun(...)

Kate Holmquist, photographed at home in 2013.Photograph: Alan Betson

Tributes have been paid to the journalist and author Kate Holmquist, who has died. The death of Ms Holmquist (62), who lived in Sandycove in Co Dubl(...)

Robert Mueller will testify on his 448-page report on Russian election interference, links between the Trump campaign and Moscow, and potential obstruction of justice by the US president. Photograph:  Mandel  Ngan/ AFP

Robert Mueller will go to Congress on Wednesday to testify before two house committees about his report on Russian election interference, links betwee(...)

Senior advisor and son-in-law to US president Donald Trump, Jared Kushner (right). File photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The Democratic-led US house judiciary committee on Thursday voted to authorise subpoenas for a dozen witnesses including president Donald Trump’s son(...)

 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 (...)

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