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Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, South Australian premier Steven Marshall, left, and Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer. Photograph: David Mariuz/EPA

As Australia’s national capital, Canberra, wakes up to subzero temperatures, the city empties of politicians for the winter recess. But by-elections a(...)

The golden beaches, clear blue skies and laidback lifestyle are hugely attractive for many who choose to move to Australia. One of the main draws for (...)

Sumatran orangutan known as Puan, which is Indonesian for ‘lady’, at Perth Zoo where she has lived since being gifted by Malaysia in 1968. Photograph: Alex Asbury/AFP/Getty Images

Zookeepers have paid emotional tribute to the world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan, “a grand old lady” who died at a Western Australian zoo on Mond(...)

Niall Burgess, secretary general, at Iveagh House: “It is about putting the right people with the right skills into the right place at the right time.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Foreign Affairs must be “much more linguistically diverse” post-Brexit for the almost one-third increase in the number of diplomatic(...)

2,505 women break a Guinness World record for the largest number of people skinny dipping together and at the same time raising money for the children’s cancer charity ‘Aoibheann’s Pink Tie’ on Magheramore. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

More than 2000 women have set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest skinny dip at a beach in Co Wicklow. Held in Meaghermore beach, 2,(...)

‘I spent most of the last 24 hours in tears watching the incredible work women and many men in Ireland have done to bring about change.’ Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Grace Walsh desperately wanted to be home in Dublin and surrounded by friends to watch the results of the Irish referendum on abortion rights to roll (...)

(From left) Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Thandie Newton and Jake Shears join Graham Norton on BBC One on Friday. Photograph: PA

The Late Late Show RTÉ One, Friday, 9.35pm The Late Late Show will reveal the results of a nationwide referendum exit poll live on air. The result o(...)

The Highland service, called the Deerstalker, is one of the best train journeys in Britain. After Glasgow, it goes past Loch Treig to the foot of Ben Nevis. From Fort William, the line continues to Mallaig, across the Glenfinnan viaduct – of Harry Potter fame

UK London to Fort William Duration: 419 miles/13hr Price (single): From £45/€51. The Caledonian Sleeper, one of Britain’s last sleeper services (the (...)

A beach in Bali, Indonesia. File photograph: Getty Images

A 12-year-old Sydney boy stole his parents’ credit card, tricked his grandmother into giving him his passport and flew to Bali on his own after a fami(...)

Keith Walsh, from Donegal, was awarded a gold medal and finished second overall at the Lifeline Young Butchers International Cutting and Cooking Competition in Perth, Australia on Sunday.

An Irish butcher finished runner-up at an international competition in Australia at the weekend, having also been a member of the Irish team that triu(...)

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