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John Velazquez rides Medina Spirit across the finish line to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 1st. Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP Photo

Shortly before the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland last November, Bob Baffert issued a statement addressing a recent spate of drug positives for horses in (...)

The number of drugs crimes in 2020 were at Celtic Tiger-era levels. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Last September, armed gardaí charged with tackling Ireland’s drugs criminals searched properties 200km apart in Mountmellick, Co Laois, and the tiny v(...)

 US is looking at options to share the AstraZeneca doses because the vaccine has not yet been authorised for US use by the FDA. Photograph: Vano Shlamov/ AFP via Getty

The United States will send up to 60 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses abroad, after facing mounting pressure to share its surplus vaccines with count(...)

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan was vaccinated in Oldtown in Alexandria, Virginia, with the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine

Women’s health advocate and Limerick woman Vicky Phelan, who is undergoing experimental cancer treatment in the United States, has spoken of her relie(...)

A crime scene technician stands near the scene of a shooting at a business park in Frederick, Maryland. Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP

Two men were shot and critically wounded in a Maryland commercial park on Tuesday in an incident that ended with the alleged gunman, identified as a (...)

An aide walks the Bidens’ dog Major on the south lawn of the White House. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty

United States president Joe Biden’s rescue dog Major nipped an individual on White House grounds, a spokesman said on Tuesday, the second such inciden(...)

Some Catholics already bless same-sex unions. Stories abound of good Fr So-and-So who blessed Bob and Bill, Olivia y Cristina, Jacques et Georges. Many priests remain too timid to give blessings themselves, but lay people, indeed whole communities, gather to affirm the goodness of couples who love.  Photograph:   Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Beware the Ides of March, the day Julius Caesar went to his reward in 44 BC. March 15th was also the day the responsum of the Congregation for the Doc(...)

 Cathy Wintsch enjoying an early game of Paddy’s Day golf in Geneva, Switzerland

This week we asked what you’ll be doing on a St Patrick’s Day like no other – wherever you are in the world. Here’s what you told us It just didn’t f(...)

President Joe Biden speaking about the American Rescue Plan in the Rose Garden of the White House. Photograph: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

President Joe Biden and officials will take to the road next week to sell the American Rescue Plan to the US public as the president hailed this week’(...)

Jared Peters, his wife Sabina and their two children Finbarr and Ayla. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

When Jared Peters visits Pennsylvania these days he feels like an outsider. His years spent living abroad, combined with a huge wave of support in his(...)

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