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Northern Irish chef Clare Smyth in San Sebastian, Spain, before the announcement of the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018. Photograph: EPA/Gorka Estrada

Northern Irish chef Clare Smyth has been named “best female chef" in the world at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. At a ceremony in Bilbao(...)

Anna May McHugh. Photograph: Alan Betson

The first-ever debate on child safeguarding in the 25-year history of the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin in Aug(...)

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz and vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache at a news conference in Vienna on Friday. Photograph:  Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Austria’s new government, which includes the far-right Freedom Party, has started a clampdown against “political Islam”, announcing the closure of sev(...)

AirAsia X topped Rome2rio’s top 10 list of air carriers rated according to lowest cost per kilometre travelled. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

You may think that Ryanair would lead the world as the lowest-cost carrier, but that’s not so. The cheapest airline is, in fact, Air Asia with a rate (...)

“As well as the medical challenges these people will face, the costs to countries’ health systems will be enormous.”

Almost a quarter of the world’s population will be obese by 2045, according to a new study. If current trends continue, 22.4 per cent of people globa(...)

The Irish under-21 men have started off their US tour in style with  a 3-1 win over Japan at Yale

Monkstown completed their women’s EuroHockey Club Trophy campaign on a high with a 1-0 win over Ukraine’s MSC Sumchanka courtesy of Natalie Esteves’ 1(...)

A Palestinian woman holding her national flag looks at clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City. Photograph: Getty Images

International condemnation of Israel’s killing of 59 Palestinian protesters in Gaza escalated as thousands rallied in the coastal enclave on Tuesday t(...)

 Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani. Donald Trump believes the agreement is a bad deal, which falls short of addressing Iran’s regional behaviour or its missile programme. Photograph: Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

What is the Iran nuclear deal? Iran and a six-nation negotiating group reached a landmark agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action i(...)

‘We’ve seen that hand cleansing behaviour becomes more lax with experience.’

Obstetrician Ignatz Philipp Semmelweis was the first to demonstrate, by experiment, that handwashing can prevent infections. In May, 1847, he instiga(...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani said he had heard details about the European-US proposals only from media reports. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Western envoys said on Wednesday that Britain, Germany and France were nearing a package to put to US president Donald Trump to try to persuade him to(...)

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