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Demonstrators attempting  to prevent police officers from escorting a lorry carrying   drilling equipment to a site  outside the village of Balcombe in southern England last year.  Photograph: Kieran Doherty/Reuters

Local authorities in Britain will be given a multimillion pound cash incentive to approve planning permission for shale gas drilling, British prime mi(...)

Total will pay $1.6 million to acquire a 40 per cent stake in two exploration licences in the Gainsborough Trough, a geological basin in Lincolnshire, east England, thought to be rich in gas. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France’s Total SA will become the first oil major to invest in Britain’s fledgling shale sector when it announces plans today to spend about $50 milli(...)

A friend will not, on principle, ever refer to the Aviva stadium in Dublin as other than Lansdowne Road. An avid (sorry) Ireland rugby fan and nationa(...)

Members of the Knesset guard stand around the flag-draped coffin of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon as he lies in state at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem yesterday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

It may be a measure of the dimming of hopes for a resolution of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that Ariel Sharon’s death has evoked in(...)

DIT’s head of digital media development Hugh McAtamney

In the next few weeks 10 new apps ranging from casual games to a children’s fitness programme and a guide to home spice blending will appear on the Ap(...)

Áine Behan, founder of Cortechs: “In the US alone, the market is valued at in excess of $130 billion.”

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic childhood condition that often persists into adulthood. Children with ADHD may als(...)

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez has been banned for 2014. Photograph: Mark Blinch/Reuters

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for the entire 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) season and play-offs for doping after an in(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said draft proposals set out by Richard Haass on key issues in Northern Ireland must be adopted by all parties. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said draft proposals set out by Richard Haass on key issues in Northern Ireland must be adopted by all parties and(...)

The father and a younger sister of Devyani Khobragade, the indicted diplomat accused of exploiting her housekeeper in New York, are surrounded by media at an airport in Delhi, India. Ms Khobragade has been transferred to a post in India Photograph: Kuni Takahashi/New York Times

India has ordered an official at the US embassy to leave New Delhi in tit-for-tat expulsions in the diplomatic row between the countries after an Indi(...)

Tomorrow’s scientists

Does a pony gallop faster after eating a Mars bar? President Michael D Higgins discovered the answer at the opening day of the 2014 BT Young Scientist(...)

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