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Pupetta Maresca on her wedding day. When her husband, Pasquale Simonetti, was killed by Antonio Esposito, Pupetta targeted the killer. Photograph: Getty Images

While Elena Ferrante’s quartet of books, which began with My Brilliant Friend, opened up the closed, and often violent histories of Naples through fic(...)

`Mine' anthology: Artists views on the repeal the Eighth Amendment

An anthology of work by artists and illustrators is being published to mark International Women’s Day and to highlight the issue of abortion rights in(...)

Pope Francis: He encouraged 57-year-old former priest Daniel Pittet to tell his story  of clerical sex abuse  more widely after meeting him. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

Pope Francis has described clerical sex abuse as “diabolic sacrifice” in the preface of a new book. I Forgive You, Father, by former Swiss priest Dani(...)

 The Taking of Christ (cropped) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, oil on canvas. Photograph: National Gallery of Ireland

In his time, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was the most conspicuous example of a new kind of artist, one that has become familiar as a(...)

Ryanair’s chief commercial officer  David O’Brien said the new agreement with Stansted did not mark a change from its policy of shifting some growth away from the UK following its Brexit vote. Photograph: Getty Images

Ryanair is maintaining that it will shift some growth away from Britain this year in the wake of announcing a new deal with London’s Stansted Airport(...)

Hello dear, sweet baby 2017 and are we happy to see you.
In a word . . .

Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was down along the road met a nicens l(...)

There are sunny places within a one-hop flight from Ireland, such as the Canaries. Photograph: iStock

The combination of the darkness and damp of our long winters makes us want to escape to the sun if just for a few days to feel the heat. The luxury of(...)

Vincent Van Gogh painted View of the Sea at Scheveningen in 1882

Two Vincent van Gogh paintings that were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam more than a decade ago have been recovered by Italian law enforcement autho(...)

Undated handout photo issued by the University of Exeter of Sakurajima volcano with the city of  Kagoshima in the foreground.  Photograph: Sakurajima Volcano Research Centre/University of Exeter/PA Wire

One of Japan’s most active volcanoes could be close to a major eruption threatening the “Naples of the Eastern World”, research suggests. A team of e(...)

Rescuers search a collapsed building in Amatrice, central Italy on Wednesday. Photograph: AP

A strong earthquake brought down buildings in mountainous central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents and sending others fleeing into the st(...)

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