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Aiveen Daly: “The way you cut satin will throw a different tone around the room”

‘My upholstery is very fashion inspired – from couture shows, from seeing the jewellery, handbag and shoe detailing, but the hardware used in furnitur(...)

Sharing profits: In Australia, Qantas employees got €2,020 each. Photograph: Getty Images

Share boost at airlines The airline industry has had incredible ups and downs over the years but it is known for sharing the good times. This year Ai(...)

Intended to strengthen authoritarian states, the Kalashnikov gained outlaw credibility, morphing to a symbol of revolt, blowback, crime and jihad.  Photograph: Attila Futaki/The New York Times

Time and again it’s the same. A lone gunman or a small group of killers with rifles commits spectacular crimes that seize the attention of the world.(...)

Rescuers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed residential building on the outskirts of Mumbai, India. Photograph: Shailesh Andrade/Reuters

At least nine people were killed when a three-storey building collapsed in heavy rains in a Mumbai suburb on Sunday, state media reported. Officials s(...)

A huge fire swept through one of India’s biggest arms depots on Tuesday, triggering an explosion and killing as many as 17 people, army and regional o(...)

Secretions from millions of tiny mosquito-like insects have been discoloring the Taj Mahal; one environmental court says the problem stems directly from the illegal dumping of solid waste in the nearby Yamuna River.  Photograph: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

It has been lit up in green for St Patrick’s Day but now the Taj Mahal is turning 40 shades for a very different reason. Millions of mosquito-like i(...)

Sinéad D’Arcy, Jameson’s International Graduate Programme manager

Irish Distillers has two graduate programmes for applicants. The Jameson Graduate Distiller programme, established in 2012, recruits two science or e(...)

Savan and Megha: His name means “seasonal rain”, a perfect match for “megha” – cloud

Indian weddings begin and end with henna. The saying goes: “The redder the henna, the more the groom loves the bride.” I find Megha lounging in a ch(...)

The authorities in India’s Bihar state have advanced the alcohol ban deadline by six months to Tuesday this week, claiming that now was “the right time for social change in Bihar”. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The authorities in India’s eastern Bihar state have imposed prohibition in a move aimed at “cleansing” society and ridding it of a “social evil”. Chi(...)

Sanjeev Gupta, the head of steel and metals company Liberty House, arrives at the department for business, innovation and skills for talks. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

The British government opened talks yesterday with potential buyers for Tata Steel’s UK operations, including Sanjeev Gupta’s commodities company Libe(...)

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