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At the launch of Operation Thor at Garda HQ are Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey and Gurchand Singh, head of the Garda analysis service. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

In the debate on the extent of rural crime, there are two versions of what is happening. The first is inspired by a number of terrible events that hav(...)

A judge in Salem, Massachusetts, has granted a self-proclaimed witch’s request for a restraining order to keep self-proclaimed warlock Christian Day (pictured) and business rival from harassing her. Image: christianday.com

A judge in Salem, Massachusetts, has granted a self-proclaimed witch’s request for a restraining order to keep a self-proclaimed warlock and business (...)

Hillary Clinton at the end of her day-long appearance before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill last week. Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

Nobody plays the victim like Hillary. She can wield that label like a wrecking ball. If her husband humiliates her with a girlfriend in the Oval Offic(...)

Playwright Arthur Miller with wife Marilyn Monroe. File photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Anyone fortunate enough to have met dramatist Arthur Miller, who was born 100 years ago today in Harlem, New York, invariably agrees he was a warm,(...)

 Syrians gather at the site of a car bombing after a rare attack on the port city of Latakia. Photograph: AP

At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Syrian city of Latakia yesterday, state television said, in a rare a(...)

The car of suspected gunman Vester L. Flanagan, also known as Bryce Williams, is seen off Highway I-66 in Fauquier County, Virginia on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Alison Parker, morning reporter WDBJ7 Alison Parker was a rising star at the Virginia station where she first began her career as an intern. The WDBJ(...)

Up and away: Aer Lingus  stock closed  yesterday 1.5 per cent up at €2.43. Photograph: Alan Betson

European shares rebounded on Wednesday from a one-week low the day before, supported by the prospect of an accord between Greece and its creditors. T(...)

Reynolds American is to buy rival Lorillard for $25 billion, merging two of the world’s biggest cigarette makers in a deal that includes the sale of (...)

Why did people of the 19th century consider tomatoes to be poisonous? The answer lies in the origin of tomatoes. Photograph: Frank Miller

My elderly American cousin was talking tomatoes as she drove me into Salem to walk the heritage trail and visit the courthouse. Tomatoes were the last(...)

Patrick Neary: He may not have covered himself in glory, but it is far from certain that anybody else sitting in his chair would have cried stop. Photograph: David Sleator.

In many ways the Anglo trial could not have gone better for Seán FitzPatrick. Not only was he found not guilty, he has been replaced as public enemy n(...)

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