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A replica of Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. The centuries-long hunt for the remains of the famed ship could be nearing an end. Photograph:  Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

The Endeavour set off from England in 1768 and traversed a world that sailors’ maps had yet to document. The ship bounded through the Pacific Ocean, s(...)

Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford

Profits at the four-star Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare increased by 12 per cent in 2016 as a “bit more confidence” returned to the economy, the com(...)

 American mariners Jennifer Appel (C) and Tasha Fuiava (R) answering questions during a media call with their dogs Zeus (bottom-L) and Valentine (bottom-R) in the captains cabin of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland. Photograph: Jonathan Clay/US Navy/AFP

The two women spent months adrift at sea and ended up thousands of miles from their destination. Now, new questions suggest that their story may have (...)

Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava met in late 2016, and within a week of knowing each other decided to take the trip together. Photograph: Koji Ueda/AP

Two women who were lost at sea for five months had an emergency beacon aboard their sailboat that was never activated, the US coast guard has said. S(...)

USS Ashland sailors rescue Zeus the dog from a  yacht in the Pacific Ocean. Photograph: Mass communication specialist 3rd class Jonathan Clay/US navy via AP

Two US sailors and their two dogs have been rescued by the US navy after more than five months lost at sea in the Pacific Ocean. The planned voyage f(...)

Schoolchildren in San José, Costa Rica, eat next to  a noticeboard warning against Zika  as part of a government campaign to prevent the spread of the aedes aegypti mosquitos . The words on the noticeboard read: “All against Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika”. Photograph:  Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters

A new study of 42 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome in French Polynesia offers the strongest evidence to date that the Zika virus can trigger temporary(...)

According to numerous news reports Swiss law enforcement officials arrested several leading FIFA representatives at a hotel in Zurich on corruption charges. Photograph: EPA.

The world governing body of football, Fifa, was plunged into an unprecedented crisis on the eve of its congress in Zurich after Swiss authorities arre(...)

Banana importer Fyffes surged 2.34 per cent to €1.095 following news it and Chiquita Brands International have agreed new terms for an all-share merger. Photograpr: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Stocks rose yesterday as positive news on the US economy sparked hopes it would lift Europe. Data from Washington’s commerce department showed that U(...)

How many babies do you know who can walk?

Having just delivered my third baby, you would think I’d have learned the first immutable law of parenthood: babies really don’t care how much you (...)

 Irish poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891-1917).  Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The Great War and Irish poets

As January 1914 dawned, Europe had experienced 100 years of comparative peace since the Battle of Waterloo. During that time, technological developmen(...)

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