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Maria von Trapp, a member of the Austrian family whose escape from Nazi Germany and subsequent musical career inspired the famed musical “The Sound of Music,” has died at the age of 99. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

The last surviving member of the famous Trapp Family Singers made famous in The Sound Of Music died this week at her home in the US. Maria von (...)

Loading the hayloft, collecting fresh eggs from her chickens, tending her horse, four dogs and a cat – it’s not really how you imagine most successful(...)

Did US president Barack Obama really not know about the NSA monitoring of world leaders’ phones? And if he didn’t know, what is the point of snooping on allies, such as Germany’s Angela Merkel? Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Democrats and Republicans in the US having similar opinions? Yes, it has come to this. Thanks to the latest batch of revelations about the National Se(...)

Sam Amidon is trying his hardest to rein in his inner fanboy, but it’s impossible. He just can’t help it. “I mean, Martin Hayes, ” he says with the(...)

David Kelly in his new venture, The Taphouse, in Ranelagh. photograph: dave meehan

Wanderlust runs in the family of David Kelly, a Dublin-born former Guinness marketing executive who co-owns a chain of more than 10 Irish pubs in the (...)

Cairo university students and members of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans against the military in front of Cairo University in Cairo earlier this week. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

The US said last night it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles as well as $260 million (€192 million) in cas(...)

Police close in on the US Capitol as people run for cover after reports of a shooting. The US Capitol and the White House were placed on lockdown. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The US Capitol was briefly locked down today after gunshots were fired outside the building following a car chase across central Washington which ende(...)

Wreckage from a runaway train of oil tankers that derailed and exploded on July 6th, in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada.  Photograph: New York Times/Ian Willms

The railway whose runaway train killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last month filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada and the US last night (...)

Kristian Matsson doesn’t really like doing interviews. You can tell from his voice, as the musician known as The Tallest Man on earth speaks down a cr(...)

Firefighters look at a train wagon on fire at Lac Megantic, Quebec. Canadian police expect the death toll from a fatal fuel train blast in a small Quebec town to rise. Photograph: Reuters

The death toll from the explosion of a runaway freight train in a small Quebec town rose to five and another 40 people are missing, police said today(...)

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