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US Congressman Richard Neal speaks during a meeting with Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Dublin on April 16th, 2019. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

A member of the United States House of Representatives has warned that US Congress will not pass a trade deal with Britain if the Belfast Agreement is(...)

An Albanian opposition supporter clashes with  police  during a rally called by the opposition to demand the resignation of  interior minister Fatmir Xhafaj in Tirana, Albania, in May 2018. His brother was suspected of drug smuggling. File photograph: Gent Shkullaku/AFP/Getty

Klodiana Lala draws a triangle in the air to explain the power structure she explores as one of Albania’s leading investigative journalists. “I see p(...)

From left:  American professor and solid-state physicist, John Goodenough, British professor Stanley Whittingham and Japanese chemist Akira Yoshino. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas,Christof Stache, Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Wednesday awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry to three scientists who developed lithium-ion batteries, (...)

Demonstrators and riot police clash in Quito on Monday following days of protests against the sharp rise in fuel prices following the authorities’ decision to scrap subsidies. Photograph: Rodrigo Bundia/AFP via Getty Images

Ecuador’s government has decamped from the capital in Quito to the coastal city of Guayaquil after five days of violent protests over fuel price rises(...)

Providence Resources has stated that its Barryroe field off the Cork coast could produce close to 350 million barrels of oil. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The Government published a guide for fossil fuel exploration licence applications just weeks before Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced a ban on this act(...)

European Commission president German Ursula von der Leyen gestures as she gives a press conference to announce the names of the new European commissioners. Photograph: Kenzo tribouillard / AFP/Getty Images

The nomination of Ireland’s agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan to the trade portfolio, the commission’s president-elect said, would lay the basis for(...)

Plan for the obviously probable, and don’t sweat the unlikely and improbable. Photograph: iStock

Ten days into what would have been two months in South America, I broke my leg in two places. I was deep in Chile, a country whose language I didn’t s(...)

A burning tract of Amazon jungle is seen as it is being cleared by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil . Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Six states in Brazil’s Amazon region requested military help on Saturday to combat record fires that are tearing through the rainforest, provoking an (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is desperate to bolster the green credentials of the Government. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

It’s not often you get a chance to ride two horses in politics, especially ones as mutually exclusive as beef and climate change. The chance to oppos(...)

Protesters against the destruction of the Amazon rainforest shout slogans against Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaroin front of the Brazilian embassy in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

France has joined Ireland and other EU nations in threatening not to ratify one of the world’s biggest trade deals unless Brazil does more to fight fi(...)

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