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European shares rebounded on Wednesday after a four-day losing streak, as higher commodity prices helped offset fears around Europe’s worsening Covid-(...)

Irish farmers source a lot of the seed potatoes they use from Scotland. Under Brexit, seed potatoes can no longer be exported from Britain to the EU as phytosanitary regulations are not aligned.

Irish farmers’ ability to grow their potato crops could be affected by the post-Brexit ban on importing seed potatoes from Britain, the Government has(...)

Volunteers receive dinner before conducting night patrols in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last week. Photograph: Amanuel Sileshi/AFP via Getty Images

The US, France and Germany have called on their nationals to leave Ethiopia immediately as its prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, vowed to lead his country’s(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson meets Israeli president Isaac Herzog: Mr Johnson gave a rambling speech to the Confederation of British Industry on Monday.  Photograph:  Justin Tallis

Boris Johnson has faced his second backbench revolt this week after 18 Conservative MPs voted against the government by calling for independent assess(...)

Customers fill up at a Shell gas station in Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday. Photograph: Andrew Caballero Reynolds/AFP

The United States has said it would release millions of barrels of oil from its strategic reserves as part of an international effort to dampen down r(...)

Weathered looking and wearing bell bottoms: The Mariner statue by John Behan in Dublin. Photograph: Frank McNally

On a guided tour of Dublin Port recently, we stopped to admire a statue called The Mariner, by John Behan. Made from distressed metal, it depicts a we(...)

‘Pretending this issue will go away does not work, it will not go away,’ Frank Clarke said.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Any move by the UK government to override decisions of the European Court of Human Rights simply because it doesn’t like them, would breach the separa(...)

David O’Doherty in Along for the Ride

David O’Doherty has carved out a unique niche in Irish comedy as a sort of anti-Tommy Tiernan. O’Doherty is whimsical instead of shouty. And, in cont(...)

New research suggests that rugby players are more likely to suffer from depression when compared to non-contact athletes. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Retired professional ruby players were more likely to be depressed, anxious and irritable compared to amateur players or non-contact athletes, new re(...)

 Princess Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons  William and Harry in 1995. Photograph: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

The BBC was keeping a tight lid on the Princes and the Press (BBC One, Monday) ahead of broadcast. The British royal family had let it be known they w(...)

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