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 US president-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden: World leaders have phoned him to offer congratulations on his election win.  Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP

Senior Democrats have lambasted Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the results of the US presidential election, accusing him of undermining American dem(...)

Anne Marie Toole and Dil Wickremasinghe with their children, Phoenix and Xavier.

It was a chance oversubscription at a mental health retreat that led to journalist and podcaster Dil Wickremasinghe meeting her wife, Anne Marie. “I g(...)

Chicken katsu curry

Lilly Higgins will be cooking the dish from this column on Monday, November 2nd at 6pm on Instagram.  Join her  @lilly_h(...)

World Health Organisation executive director Mike Ryan: “If we could identify a higher proportion of cases and ask close contacts to quarantine with our support, we wouldn’t necessarily be having lockdowns.” Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini

There is “too much of the nanny state” about the way in which young people are scolded about their behaviour around Covid-19, Dr Mike Ryan has said. (...)

Police secures the scene during Peter Madsen’s attempt to escape prison in Albertslund, Denmark. Photograph: Nils Meilvang/EPA

A Danish inventor convicted of killing a journalist aboard his homemade submarine in Copenhagen in 2017 briefly escaped from prison on Tuesday, accor(...)

Francisco Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington. The National Portrait  Gallery, London

Still on Athy, whose Dreamland Ballroom we were discussing yesterday, readers may recall that the same Kildare town is also the backdrop for one of th(...)

DUP North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has ‘apologised unreservedly’ for failing to register a luxury family holiday to the Maldives in 2016 with a parliamentary watchdog. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

DUP North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has “apologised unreservedly” for failing to register a luxury family holiday to the Maldives in 2016 with a parliamen(...)

The figure includes   an unspecified number undergoing a one-year pre-seminary programme for those considering whether they have a vocation. File photograph: Getty Images

A total of 13 men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood in Ireland this year including an unspecified number undergoing a one-year pre-semin(...)

Dr Roddy Evans: practised medicine on five continents

Dr Roddy Evans, who died in Belfast on September 9th, aged 97, played rugby and cricket for Leinster schoolboys, was a skilled surgeon who practised m(...)

Vincent Hughes, founder and chief executive of Frontier Foods, with Cathy Bryce, AIB’s managing director of corporate, institutional and business banking.  Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Coalesce

Food import and distribution company Frontier Foods will almost double its sales this year as the Covid-19 pandemic prompted more people to cook at ho(...)

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