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The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report in Dublin in 2009. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

On May 20th, 2009, the Commission into Child Abuse published its shattering 2,600-page report. It investigated 215 residential institutions for chi(...)

Global markets remained on alert over a trade war between the two superpowers China and the US. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP

European shares rose as risk appetite picked up after US president Donald Trump played down Washington’s trade war with Beijing, while a slew of earni(...)

Italy interior minister and League party leader Matteo Salvini: said there was “no alternative majority” that could work in the Italian parliament. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Tensions between Italy’s ruling populist parties have broken out into public recrimination in the run-up to this month’s European elections, rippling (...)

Pope Francis is photographed  during a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Irish Catholic priests have described as “a major disappointment” comments by Pope Francis indicating the church has no current plans to ordain women (...)

Quentin Tarantino: his drama of hippy Hollywood will turn heads. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty

Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino and Terrence Malick are in competition. Werner Herzog and Abel Ferrara are also offering n(...)

Terrassenhaus in Berlin

If there’s a recurrent theme in this year’s Mies van der Rohe European Prize for Contemporary Architecture, it is surely imaginative renovation and tr(...)

You can also cling to the idea that you must please your parents and never cause them any pain no matter what. Illustration: iStock

A conversation with a passenger on a flight to Rome underlined for me the degree of unhappiness we bring into our lives by clinging to ideas that no l(...)

Members of rebel commander Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan National Army head out of Benghazi to reinforce troops advancing towards Tripoli, on April 7th. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

The UN envoy for Libya has made his strongest attack yet on the military strongman Khalifa Haftar as his forces intensify their assault on the capital(...)

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Marriott International is expanding its home-sharing business to the US as Airbnb siphons away travellers, according to a person with knowledge of the(...)

Swim baby: Conor Pope takes the littlest Pope into the pool at the Playa Montroig campsite just south of Barcelona for the very first time

“When my daddy eats ice-cream he gets diarrhoea,” a three-year-old girl shouts from the mobile home next to mine. Clueless as to how to respond to thi(...)

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