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A view from behind an typical English pub bar

UK pub chain Mitchells & Butlers saw adjusted operating profit grow in the second half of the year, and maintained its like for like sales growth,(...)

Audio features the beeps of the spacecraft’s telemetry, Sir Bernard Lovell’s narration and Russian voices talking about instrument readings

At the height of the space race, the Soviet Union launched a series of probes under its Zond programme. Zond 4 to 8 were test flights ahead of its att(...)

Korobov’s death paves the way for Vladimir Putin (pictured) to appoint a successor to head an agency that intelligence experts say has stepped up its covert missions as tension mounts between Russia and the West. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo/ AP

The head of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency that the West has blamed for a string of brazen attacks died on Wednesday after “a serious and l(...)

“Then, I said, let us begin and create in idea a State; but the true creator is necessity, who is the mother of invention.” So wrote Plato in “The Republic”

Tuesday evening was the awards dinner for The Irish Times Innovation Awards. As chair of the judging panel, and having been involved for several years(...)

An Ecocem truck leaving the South Quays dispatch facility in Ringsend, Dublin

Rising costs left cement-maker Ecocem’s profits trailing at €2.5 million last year despite a boost to sales. Accounts just filed for Ecocem Materials(...)

Damon Albarn: “I’ve always been very strong on finishing work at five and cooking dinner.” Photograph: Tom Jamieson/New York Times

With the honourable exceptions of The Traveling Wilburys, Cream, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, supergroups tend to b(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster. “There has been much comment on the DUP forsaking its image as the party of business but that was always an affectation with little evidence of voter appeal.” Photograph: Tom Honan

The falling out between the DUP and Northern Ireland’s business community over the past week has been a wonder to behold and a genuinely novel develop(...)

British prime minister Theresa May with  European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels.  Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The Government and the EU may end up having to negotiate a Brexit “no-deal deal” with the UK government if the draft withdrawal treaty cannot be ratif(...)

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi  speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington last week. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP Photo

A liberal heroine, born in the 1940s, part of a Democratic dynasty, runs for high US office. Some on her own side wince at her poll ratings and air of(...)

Among the challenges seen in recent times by the EU is evidence of Russian sponsoring of far-right and far-left parties. Photograph: iStock

Europe is under attack. Reports from several capitals – Paris, Rome and Madrid – suggest concerted, crippling cyberattacks on key infrastructure. Sou(...)

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