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Willy Vlautin: songs and stories of the hard life, pictured in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s a mark of how gentrified the publishing industry has become that Willy Vlautin’s work appears singular not because of its style but its subject m(...)

The scene after an Amtrak high-speed train derailled from an overpass near the city of Tacoma, Washington state. Photograph: Getty Images

The train that careered off an overpass in Washington state, killing at least three people, was travelling 50mph (80km/h) over the speed limit when it(...)

 People watch the aftermath of a mass shooting outside  the Mandalay Bay hotel near the scene of the Route 91 Harvest festival on Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

At least 58 people died and more than 500 others were wounded when a gunman opened fire on a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. The gunma(...)

Total eclipse: The Sun disappars over Depoe Bay, Oregon, US, August 21st, 2017. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

The moon blacked out the Sun in parts of the US on Monday as the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the country in nearly a century began in (...)

Pope Francis has given the Brothers of Charity in Belgium until the end of August to stop euthanasia at all of its 15 centres in that country. File image: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has ordered the Brothers of Charity religious congregation in Belgium to end the practice of offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospi(...)

Angela Gillette with her husband Mark Gillette and their children Lily (11) and Jackson  (9).

Angela Gillette, originally from Glasnevin in Dublin, has been living in the US for 26 years. After 18 years in California, where she met her American(...)

It  is wrong to describe a fertilised ovum as a human being. It is a biological reaction. It has no head, no heart, no spine, no consciousness.

It is time we talked about the embryo. Calmly, seriously, rationally. Last week it emerged that scientists at Oregon Health and Science University h(...)

Embryonic research: scientists believe “editing” human genomes could also work for other conditions caused by mutations such as cystic fibrosis and some breast cancers. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Catholic Church in Ireland has voiced its total opposition to the use of embryos in research following a breakthrough study by scientists who “edi(...)

A landmark study has raised the prospect of   the use of human embryo gene editing to eradicate inherited diseases. Photograph: OHSU/PA Wire

Scientists have modified human embryos to remove genetic mutations that cause heart failure in otherwise healthy young people in a landmark demonstrat(...)

Cars were stopped after a truck carrying eels overturned in the US. Photograph: Oregon Fire Department/Twitter

An Oregon highway has been “slimed” after a truck carrying 3,400kg (7,500lb) of eels overturned, spilling the animals and their excretions all over th(...)

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