Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern said members of the British Conservative party were “always anti-Europe, always trouble and always the bold kid in the class”.

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has described DUP leader Arlene Foster as a great friend who he tries to get everyone to love despite it being a “bloody(...)

Cairn Homes bucked the Iseq trend Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

European shares fell for the fourth straight session on Monday amid lingering concerns over Brexit and as Apple shares fell into a bear market on Wall(...)

Ambai, who fled to a women’s shelter after her husband hit her with a tire iron and put a gun to her neck, in Goroka, Papua New Guinea. Photograph: Ben C Solomon/The New York Times

Claiming that the rice she had cooked for dinner was too hot, Ambai’s husband suddenly punched her in the temple and dragged her out of the house by h(...)

Scott Morrison, Australia’s new prime minister, in Canberra: “Paul Hewson, better known as Bono, said: ‘There is a continent, Africa, being consumed by flames’,” he said. Photograph:  Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Before becoming an MP in 2007, Australia’s new prime minister Scott Morrison was head of Tourism Australia and behind the infamous “Where the bloody h(...)

Samantha Barry: “Thankfully in Ireland there’s a plenitude of strong female broadcasters like Anne Doyle, Marian Finucane and Miriam.”

Vogue’s indomitable US editor Anna Wintour is known for a great many things, among them 6am tennis lessons and 7am blowdries. In the media industry, h(...)

Something in my AI: L’Oréal’s robot zooms in with some mascara at the VivaTech trade fair in Paris. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty

In numbers: Bans and bots 1 Number of months for which Facebook will be banned in Papua New Guinea. Its government plans to spend the time identifyi(...)

The PNG government said it would be studying how other countries were handling Facebook around the world, and the impact of government policies on private users of the network

The Papua New Guinean government will ban Facebook for a month in a bid to crack down on “fake users” and study the effects the website is having on t(...)

 A handout photo shows a shakemap of a 6.9 magnitude earthquake in the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea. Photograph: USGS handout/EPA

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the southern coast of Papua New Guinea’s New Britain island on Friday, triggering a tsunami warning for surround(...)

Lava spews from the Mayon volcano in Manila, the Philippines, as it continues to erupt. Photograph: Charism Sayat/AFP/Getty Images

It is one of nature’s most destructive acts – and one of its most unpredictable; when an active volcano re-activates, spewing molten lava and threaten(...)

Samantha Barry: Glamour’s new editor-in-chief has worked for RTÉ and Newstalk and was most recently an executive producer at CNN Worldwide. Photograph: CNN

When Samantha Barry was growing up she and her family would gather around the television to watch the six o’clock news on RTÉ. They also told stories (...)

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