Puerto Rico

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 Volunteers  help rescue three children from their flooded home in James City, United States. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

After days waiting for Hurricane Florence to reach the east coast of the United States, the strongest hurricane of the year made landfall on Friday, b(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the status of Hurricane Florence  in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, DC. Photograph: Pete Marovich/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump on Thursday disputed Puerto Rico’s official death toll of 3,000 from last year’s Hurricane Maria, bristling at criticism of(...)

Water floods outside buildings in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Photograph: Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images

More than 1 million people along the Carolina and Virginia coasts fled towards higher ground on Monday in a mass evacuation ordered days before the ex(...)

Rascals pina colada pale ale and White Hag dry-hopped lemon sour beer

Pina colada pale ale is a new “cocktail beer” from Rascals, the makers of the popular strawberry milkshake IPA. The Dublin brewery likes to have a bit(...)

“Those of Irish descent have a distinctively homogenous make-up, which makes it comparatively easy to map our susceptibility to disease, as well as our reaction to medication.”

Sixteen European Union countries have signed up to a European genome project to collaborate on DNA research and, regrettably, Ireland is not yet one o(...)

First lady Melania Trump,  accompanied by US vice-president Mike Pence, left, applauds as  Donald Trump speaks to employees at the FEMA headquarters on Wednesday in Washington. Photograph: Andrew Harnik /AP

After spending nearly a month out of the public eye, Melania Trump emerged from the White House on Wednesday, putting an end to at least a few of the (...)

US president Donald Trump visits Puerto Rico on October 3rd, 2017, shortly after Hurricane Maria had ripped across the island. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Last October, US president Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico for a photo op, 13 days after Hurricane Maria had ripped across the island, leaving its re(...)

 Tom Bossert’s resignation as Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser  has been linked to the arrival of John Bolton as new national security chief. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser has become the latest official to leave the White House prematurely, a day after John Bolton joined the presi(...)

Brock Pierce with Josh Boles (left) and Matt Clemenson  in San Juan, in Puerto Rico:  dozens of entrepreneurs, made newly wealthy by virtual currencies, have moved to the island to avoid taxes  – and to build a society that runs on blockchain. Photograph: José Jiménez-Tirado/The New York Times

They call what they are building “Puertopia”. But then someone told them, apparently in all seriousness, that it translates to “Eternal Boy Playground(...)

‘Historia del Huerfano’, or The Orphan’s Story, charts the progress of a 14-year-old Spaniard who leaves Granada and heads to the Americas to seek his fortune. File photograph: iStock

Four hundred years after it was written, a lost and supposedly cursed Golden Age novel chronicling the splendour, adventure and violence of Spain’s im(...)

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