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Having some anxiety – especially when faced with a stressful situation – isn’t necessarily bad and can actually be helpful, experts say. Photograph: iStock

For the entirety of my adult life I have tried to avoid driving. I could claim all sorts of noble reasons for this: concern about the environment, a (...)

Firefighters work outside an apartment building after a deadly fire in the Bronx,in New York.  Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/ Getty Images

New York authorities said on Monday the city was investigating a possible “maintenance issue” with a door that failed to close when a devastating fire(...)

Sidney Poitier: the groundbreaking actor has died aged 94. Photograph: Tommaso Boddi/Getty

In the late 1960s, when black actors still struggled for mainstream recognition, Sidney Poitier, who has died in the Bahamas at the age of 94, managed(...)

Philadelphia firefighters work at the scene of a deadly fire in the Fairmount neighbourhood of the US city. Photograph: AP Photo/Matt Rourke

At least 13 people, including seven children, were killed in an early morning fire on Wednesday in a Philadelphia apartment building after smoke detec(...)

Boris Johnson: Like the British PM’s, I’m fairly sure my direct-debit obligations are only going to increase as the years go by. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Pool/Getty

Inaudibility The character actor turns to the square-jawed superhero and says: “My plan? Well ... mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble.” You rewind and tu(...)

Claire Melia in action against Luxembourg at the final of the FIBA Women’s European Championship for Small Countries in Nicosia, Cyprus on  July 25th. Photograph: Savvas Demetriou/FIBA/Inpho

In the days after Ireland played the Czech Republic in the European championship qualifiers, people began to tell Claire Melia how much their daughter(...)

Almo, which is headquartered in Philadelphia, employs approximately 660 people across the US

Irish energy and services group DCC has acquired Almo Corporation, the largest distributor of appliances and consumer electronics in the US, in a dea(...)

The main mover on the Iseq was CRH. Shares in the building materials giant jumped on speculation that it is preparing to sell the north American glass building products unit. File photograph: The Irish Times

European stocks jumped 2.5 per cent on Tuesday, boosted by a strong rebound in technology shares as worries somewhat eased over the Omicron coronaviru(...)

Tesla slid 3.5 per cent after Elon Musk sold another block of company shares worth about $700 million after earlier offloading about $5 billion worth of stock following a Twitter poll.  Photograph:  John Walton/PA Wire

European shares closed with their sixth straight week of gains and at a new high on Friday. ECB policymakers acknowledged on Friday that euro zone inf(...)

Michael Byrne holds his communion photo and also his Irish passport when he was aged 4. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Byrne clutches a black book full of old photographs, letters and documents, which he calls his “bible”. Michael (64), who was born in the Tu(...)

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