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US president Donald Trump. The US has lost its top spot in the World Economic Forum’s annual competitiveness report. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/EPA

The US dropped from the top spot in the World Economic Forum’s annual competitiveness report, losing out to Singapore. Hong Kong, the Netherlands an(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: faced challenges to present a prudent, green and Brexit-proofed budget. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

After a fraught few days of behind the scenes deal-making, Paschal Donohoe produced his third budget on Tuesday – the last one of this administration,(...)

100 dollar banknotes with germs and bacterias under magnifying glass. 3D rendering.

As a big fan of Italian food I was delighted to see a ringing endorsement for the health benefits of pizza recently. Italian scientist Silvao Gallus (...)

A panel at the Conservative party conference in Manchester muses about how to get Brexit on. Or possibly done. Photograph: Ian Forsyth / Getty Images.

Image of the week: Get your Brexit on Another week, another set of Brexit horrors in mantra-loving Britain, where in the bubble of the Conservative P(...)

Number of super rich people increased by 0.8% to 265,490 last year, while their combined wealth fell by 1.7% to $32.3tn.

The Republic has the fifth largest number of “ultra-wealthy” individuals per capita in the world, according to a new report. The study shows that the(...)

The coffin of former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe is taken for burial at his home village in Kutama. Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe was buried on Saturday in his home village of Kutama, ending a dispute between his family and the government ov(...)

Paraic McGrath referees the match between Japan GAA Ladies (in black) and UCD International Ladies in an invitational match on August 5th, 2017 in Croke Park.

Working Abroad Q&A: Each week, Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. This week, Paraic McGrath, who is (...)

Patrons sit at the bar of the Whiner Beer Company in Chicago. Some of the carbon dioxide from the fermenting process is used to stimulate the growth of plants and algae. Photograph: Joshua Lott/The New York Times
Feeding cities with less waste

A gigantic steel cylinder shines in the afternoon sun outside The Plant, a 93,500sq ft “living food laboratory” here. To the untrained eye, it looks l(...)

The Irish Government will continue to insist on the idea of regulations staying the same in the North and South as part of the backstop. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

We are all caught up in the fuss about whether there is going to be a no-deal Brexit and, if so, when it might happen. And this is vital for our short(...)

Long-haul flights: bring your own devices and use noise-cancelling headphones. Photograph: iStock

There are long flights and there are long flights. Singapore Airlines has the longest haul currently, with nearly 19 hours from Newark airport in the (...)

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