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John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown’s transatlantic aircraft crossed the Atlantic between St John’s, Newfoundland and Clifden, Ireland on June 15th, 1919. (Photograph: SSPL/Getty Images

It is probably easier to look back and weigh the importance of a particular scientific achievement of the past than to predict how science will influe(...)

Victims of the Colombian armed conflict mark International Human Rights Day in Bogotá in December 2018. Colombia and Mexico accounted for just over half of last year’s total of 321 deaths of human rights defenders globally, said the Front Line Defenders report. Photograph: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

A record number of human rights defenders were murdered during 2018 in a year that saw global progress set back by a rise in populist right-wing polit(...)

Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is greeted by Thai immigration authorities at a hotel inside Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Reuters

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Saudi Arabian woman who fled her family and is now under UN protection in Thailand, has been sustained through the “terri(...)

Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster at squad training in Energia Park, Donnybrook on Monday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The animation in Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster’s tone illustrated that it is not just players who are exercised by the prospect of being invo(...)

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil Brazil began a sombre new era on January 1st with the inauguration of its new president, far-right 63-year-old populist provocateur Jair Bolso(...)

Ireland has ramped up plans to expand its diplomatic footprint as Brexit looms, with the opening of more than a dozen new missions in locations as diverse as Latin America, India, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand.  Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Ireland has ramped up plans to expand its diplomatic footprint as Brexit looms, with the opening of more than a dozen new missions in locations as div(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

The global rise in greenhouse gas emissions over the past year has been driven by increased use of coal to generate power and heat, the UN climate tal(...)

Ireland is a member of the international Power Past Coal alliance, which pledges to stop burning coal for electricity. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

The Government should cancel a 10-year contract won by ESB International to run a new coal-fired electricity power station in the Philippines, environ(...)

Fia Moon

What: R&B and Soul music from a pop perspective Where: Dublin/London Why: One of the more well-rounded and accomplished new artists from Ireland t(...)

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