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Romanian soldiers feed pigeons in front of their tank in Timisoara on December 25th, 1989. Photograph: Michel Gangne/AFP/Getty Images

In the beautiful old Romanian city of Timisoara a short stroll south of Liberty Square will bring you to a nondescript old building. Entering through (...)

 Katie-George Dunlevy and  Eve McCrystal: they covered the 31.2km time-trial course in 41 minutes 2.51 seconds. Photograph:   Jean-Baptiste Benavent/Sportsfile

The 2017 and 2018 paracycling world time-trial champions Katie-George Dunlevy/Eve McCrystal made it a treble on Thursday, winning yet another tandem g(...)

Stripe co-founders Patrick   and John Collison, whose company has announced that it is expanding into eight new European markets. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Payments technology company Stripe is set to expand its services into eight new countries, with the growth driven from its Dublin office. The company(...)

Andrej Babis (65) has resisted strong pressure to resign from opposition parties and protesters who in June staged the biggest rally in Prague since the 1989 Velvet Revolution. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Czech prosecutors have decided to halt an investigation into alleged fraud by the country’s prime minister, Andrej Babis, potentially closing a case t(...)

Teacher Christine Kelly, with Julia Fay in junior infants on her first day at school in Belmayne Educate Together National School, Belmayne, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Five-year-old Ben Collins is laughing, joking and karate-kicking his way into class on his first day of big school. His mother Leah, on the other han(...)

 An injured tourist is transported to  hospital in Zakopane, Poland, on Thursday, after a lightning strike. Photograph: EPA

Four people, two of them children, died and more than 100 were injured during a thunderstorm in Poland’s Tatra mountains on Thursday, prime minister M(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh visiting the National Parents’ Council Post Primary helpline in Croke Park, alongside  Beatrice Dooley, president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/ The Irish Times

Families who cannot afford to send their children to university should consider more affordable options in regional colleges, Minister for Education J(...)

As first published in 1851, the title of Moby-Dick has a hyphen, something since dropped by many reprints, all film versions, and now – accidentally – by me. Photograph: iStock

It seems that in writing about a certain literary masterpiece yesterday, and to the great annoyance of at least one admirer of the book, I omitted a s(...)

People cool down along the canal de l’Ourcq in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Julien de Rosa/EPA

The Netherlands and Belgium recorded their highest ever temperatures as the second extreme heatwave in consecutive months to be linked by scientists t(...)

 European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government is “standing firmly” behind its nomination of Phil Hogan as Ireland’s next EU commissioner despite a demand for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (...)

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