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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

US stocks remained on an unsteady footing as the bout of volatility that’s gripped global financial markets persisted amid signs that the rise in tre(...)

Duran Duran playing  the main stage at Electric Picnic on Sunday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

And lo, the rains came. At 3am yesterday, The Irish Times (I think I can speak for the whole paper) trudges tipsily and sunburnt through storm and mud(...)

This orange blob shows the Betelgeuse star which has a radius about  1,400 times larger than the sun’s

An international team of scientists led by an Irish astronomer has made the most detailed image of the surface of a star other than the sun. The achie(...)

Smoke rises after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on Islamist militant positions in Marawi, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.  Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

US special forces have joined the battle to crush Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town, officials said on Saturday. Government (...)

A Child of Books, by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, celebrates the joy of reading and has the feel of a classic

While adult readers are more likely to pack a Kindle in their holiday suitcase than a stack of books, younger audiences have proved more resistant to (...)

An Egyptian military search boat takes part in a search operation for the EgyptAir plane. Photograph: Egyptian Military/Handout via Reuters

Egypt’s civil aviation ministry confirmed on Friday that the Egyptian military had found more wreckage and human remains believed to belong to those o(...)

A nebula in the constellation Orion, photographed in 1999. Photograph courtesy of Nasa

As I write this column, the incessant rain is wreaking havoc across the country and depressing the overall mood of the entire population. While(...)