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Preparations under way for the Donegall Road bonfire in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison

There is a very old joke about King James fleeing the Battle of the Boyne and meeting an old Irishman along the way to whom he shared his woes. “Don’t(...)

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to the UN General Assembly before a vote in New York. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations General Assembly condemned Israel on Wednesday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians. It has also asked UN chie(...)

German interior minister Horst Seehofer  at a press conference in Berlin on Thursday, at which he owed to speed up the deporting of failed asylum seekers. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s interior minister has vowed to speed up the deporting of failed asylum seekers after a group of migrants violently forced the police to rele(...)

Finns topped the UN’s happiness rankings. Photograph: Getty

Happy are the people of the Nordic nations, happier, in fact, than anyone else in the world. And the overall happiness of a country is almost identica(...)

 Robert Mugabe, pictured with his wife Grace,   was forced out as leader of Zimbabwe  earlier this week after 37 years in power.  Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/AFP/Getty Images

The end of the Mugabe presidency – with the swearing in of Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare on Friday – is being watched closely across Africa, and especi(...)

Leaving Cert students at Nagle Community College, Cork: Sitting (from left) are Aoife O’Neill and Sarah Struthers, and standing are Rebecca Finn, Sean Flanagan, Roland Kamepko and Calvin Choy. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

“I want to go to UCC.” That’s a common refrain from the class of 2016 at Nagle Community College, a co-educational post-primary school in Mahon on the(...)

The State has been ranked the 19th happiest country on the planet in a new report. File photograph: ThinkStock

The State has been ranked the 19th happiest country on the planet in a new report, which also found that Irish positivity has prevailed in the face of(...)

Caroline Keeling of Keelings: the company is using Focus Ireland’s Employment Focus initiative to find staff. Photograph:  Alan Betson

In the US they say you’re only ever one pay cheque away from being on the streets. While the situation is arguably better in Ireland, the impact of jo(...)

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Ending religious discrimination in schools’ admission policies may require a constitutional referendum, Minister for Children James Reilly has said. (...)

Mokhtar Belmokhtar: in June authorities in Libya said he had been killed by a US air strike there, but four days later al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb denied  that he was dead. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty Images

If Islamist militant group Al-Mourabitoun is confirmed as responsible for Friday’s killings at a hotel in Mali, it will be the latest time it has stag(...)

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