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US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  said the Trump administration would maintain its military presence in Syria  to prevent Islamic State’s resurgence, press for the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad, and counter Iranian influence. Photograph: Ben Nelms/Reuters

The Syrian government has condemned the US presence in Syria as illegal and an aggression, in response to a US plan to deploy its forces in the countr(...)

Gangneung Ice Arena, where the Winter Olympics will be held: North Korea will send 230 cheerleaders and a 30-member taekwondo team – as well as an orchestra and half a hockey team. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Tension-weary Koreans are already calling next month’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang the “Peace Olympics” after it emerged that both Koreas will march t(...)

US president Donald Trump with White House chief of staff John Kelly: Mr Trump directly contradicted Mr Kelly in a flurry of early-morning tweets.  Photograph: Yuri Gripas/File Photo

US president Donald Trump appeared to undermine his own party’s efforts to avoid a government shutdown that could kick in at midnight on Friday in a s(...)

Apple’s  campus in Cupertino, California. The tech company  built up an offshore cash pile of over $250 billion from profits earned offshore over many years, the bulk of them booked through Irish subsidiaries. Photograph: Jim Wilson/New York Times

Apple is unlikely to get a write-down of its US tax bill to fully reflect any payment made to Ireland, if the European courts dismiss the appeals whic(...)

Limone on Lake Garda
USA from €99 each way

WOW air has announced €99.99 flights each way to New York, Boston, San Francisco and other North American destinations for a limited time; when they’r(...)

Invicara’s BIM Assure software is used by Irish Property Unit Trust and Ballymore Group.

Insulation specialist Kingspan is buying a stake in US software company Invicara for more than €8 million. Headquartered in Michigan, Invicara has de(...)

Almac Group chief executive Alan Armstrong with DUP leader  Arlene Foster at a previous jobs announcement for the company.

Pharmaceutical group Almac is to invest £30 million (€34 million) in its new Dundalk campus, which is scheduled to be ready for operation by January 2(...)

If you had invested in Volkswagen a day before the diesel scandal was exposed in September 2015, your stock would not only be up 10 per cent by now, i(...)

  Oprah Winfrey: the talk show host and mooted US  presidential candidate’s    holding in Weigh Watchers – which she endorses –  is   worth over $300 million. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/ AP

Will she, or won’t she? Will Oprah Winfrey join the long list of public celebrities – including various army generals, numerous lawyers, a newspaper o(...)

With more than 90 per cent of the population using smartphones, people are more likely to turn to technology for help for mental health problems.

“Don’t worry, be Appy” was the catchy title of a panel discussion on the growing phenomenon of mental health apps during this year’s First Fortnight f(...)

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