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Jacob Zuma: South African president is now seen as a liability  by many within the ANC. Photograph: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty

A senior African National Congress official has confirmed South Africa’s ruling party discussed Jacob Zuma’s future as head of state in recent days, b(...)

Chef Paul Bocuse showing off his tattoo. Photograph: Paul Bocuse/Facebook

Kevin Thornton: I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Bocuse this week and the news has stirred many warm and vivid memories of my time (...)

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa (right), with Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the MDC,   in Harare earlier this month.  Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s first post-Mugabe election may be marked by an unexpected complication, with the news that the charismatic leader of the country’s main opp(...)

Brutalist wallpaper  is probably too much for a full room, but would make a striking and bold feature wall

Brutalism may not strike many people as a thing of beauty, though there’s a newfound respect for its sometimes breathtaking style. Surely it’s still a(...)

A former executive at BP for 10 years, he was hired to spearhead the IPO for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Abu Dhabi may be home now for John Carey, but it seems like the oilman from Kilkenny is destined always to be on the road. Since moving to the United (...)

Culturally, the under-12s arrived into Old Crescent with a dream – not of becoming engineers, but of playing as professionals for Munster and Ireland. Photograph: Inpho

Sitting about 30km from Bolivia in the truly majestic mountains of Iruya, Salta province, Argentina, I watched it all unfold. Now that I’m back, I rea(...)

Gerbrandt Grobler: Munster player finds himself in the eye of the storm over his ban for knowingly taking performance enhancing drugs while in South Africa. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Yesterday was supposed to have been a good news day for the IRFU, and indeed the FAI and Aviva. This week was meant to have been about Munster’s, and(...)

A photo from Gem Diamonds of a 910-carat diamond discovered at the Letseng mine in Lesotho. Photograph: Gem Diamonds via The New York Times

High in the mountains of a small southern African kingdom, miners have unearthed one of the largest diamonds ever found, a glittering giant weighing (...)

Ailbhe Carroll competing in the Dublin City Triathlon

Since 1978, when 50 competed in the first Ironman Triathlon, the sport’s global popularity has soared. Triathlon Ireland’s head of marketing and commu(...)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

This will be the year Ireland embarks on a path to implementing substantial carbon taxes; attempts to counter rising greenhouse gas emissions and sets(...)

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