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Forest fires burn near Ljusdal, Sweden, on Tuesday. Photograph: Maja Suslin/ AFP/TT News Agency

At least 11 wildfires are raging inside the Arctic Circle as the hot, dry summer turns an abnormally wide area of Europe into a tinderbox. The worst (...)

Those who have visited Iceland before will need no convincing of its splendour. Its desolate beauty is the stuff of legend among those who return time(...)

The UN Security Council in New York.  Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland has just launched its campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council, the most powerful body in the UN system, in 2021-22. Three states – Irel(...)

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the EU had offered the UK an “ambitious” free trade agreement and co-operation on a wide range of issues, including a “strong security partnership”. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Suzanne Lynch The European Union will assess the “workability” of the White Paper published by the British government today, Brexit negotiator Miche(...)

The Gravity & Other Myths troupe practising for a performance of ‘Backbone’, which will be at this year’s Galway International Arts Festival

In a former slaughterhouse in the north of Prague, there is a bit of grunting going on. After admiring the beauty and skill of what’s happening, the f(...)

Elvis Costello: ‘The spirit has been more than willing but I have to now accept that it is going to take longer than I would have wished for me to recover my full strength’. File photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello announced on Friday he was cancelling the remainder of his European tour after revealing he had undergone sur(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar laying a wreath at UN headquarters in New York to the Irish who died on UN peacekeeping missions. Photograph: Simon Carswell

The United Nations Security Council is a flawed, unrepresentative institution too often rendered impotent by the vetoes of its five permanent members.(...)

Bono joked that ‘the worst thing’ he could say about Canada was that they are ‘nice’. Photograph: Kim Haughton

U2 frontman Bono gave his full-throated support to Ireland’s bid for a UN Security Council seat saying that “storytellers” were needed to explain the (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar laying a wreath at UN Building in New York to Irish who died on UN peacekeeping missions. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there was “no vanity” in Ireland seeking a seat on the United Nations Security Council; the motivation was to protect (...)

U2 on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photograph: Ross Stewart

U2 frontman Bono paid tribute on Sunday night to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney for their “very hard work” in protecting “our b(...)

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