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 Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson in Government Buildings, Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Taoiseach has said he will not dismiss the idea of building a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland, but insisted the UK must pay for it. (...)

Protesters on Federal Plaza in Chicago on Tuesday call for the impeachment of US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

From Boston Common to the French Quarter in New Orleans, a series of protests reverberated across the US on Tuesday evening to call for President Dona(...)

Defendants on drug charges standing with their handlers during a hearing at a court in Xintai, China’s Hebei province, on Thursday. Photograph:  Office of China National Narcotics Control Commission/AFP via Getty Images

A Chinese court on Thursday imprisoned nine people, one whom got a suspended death sentence, on charges of smuggling fentanyl into the United States, (...)

Hard Rock Hotel: partially collapsed onto Canal Street downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. Photograph: Emily Kask/AFP via Getty

One person has died and at least 18 others are injured after a Hard Rock Hotel under construction at the edge of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter (...)

Canadian author, journalist and social activist Naomi Klein: “We are in this period of this profound social fragmentation and one of the things that this framework gives us is a sense of common purpose.” Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

If we’re going to save the planet, do we have to get rid of capitalism first? It’s not an abstract question these days. As the traditional political l(...)

Linda Hamilton at her home in New Orleans: “Did I think I was going to become an action-adventure star? Not once.”  Photograph: Akasha Rabut/New York Times

Linda Hamilton laughs the way Courtney Love sings, with great raspy bravado. It would be an intimidating laugh if it didn’t come easily, and if it wer(...)

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(...)

Namita Pradhan, second from right, works alongside colleagues at iMerit’s technology center in Bhubaneswar, India. Tech executives rarely discuss the labour-intensive process that goes into the creation of artificial intelligence. Photograph: Rebecca Conway/New York Times

Namita Pradhan sat at a desk in downtown Bhubaneswar, India, about 40 miles from the Bay of Bengal, staring at a video recorded in a hospital on the o(...)

Lafcadio Hearn, shown with his wife, Koizumi Setsu. A writer of mixed Greek and Anglo-Irish blood, Hearn became the chief interpreter of the Japanese way of life to the West

One hundred and fifteen years after his death, Lafcadio Hearn’s Japanese ghost stories have not lost their power to shock and enthral. The reader of (...)

Dr Muiris Houston: ‘Direct traumatic experiences such as losing a home to a hurricane have mental-health consequences.’ Aasleagh Falls on the Mayo/Galway border.

While on holiday in Western Canada last month I had what you might call my first personal brush with climate change. A day after we left accommodatio(...)

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