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People embrace during a prayer vigil at Bridge Church the day after a mass shooting  in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The United States is mourning the latest victims of a mass shooting after a man opened fire in the city of Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 12 people(...)

Sophie Toscan du Plantier (39) was found murdered at her holiday home near Schull in 1996.

Murder victim Sophie Toscan du Plantier revealed a week before she was due to go to west Cork in December 1996 that she was due to meet “a weird guy w(...)

Lt Ryan Graves, one of five US navy pilots who said  they saw unidentified flying objects in 2014 and 2015 during training manoeuvres off the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photograph: Tony Luong/The New York Times

The strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the(...)

The winning food products, as selected by Irish chefs, for the Euro-Toques Irish Food Awards, presented in Co Cavan on Monday

Seaweed, edible flowers, pasture-fed meats, dairy produce and stone-ground wholemeal flour produced at Ireland’s last working water-powered mill, are (...)

Former US soldier Chelsea Manning was sentenced by a military judge  in 2013  to 35 years in prison.   File photograph:  Lars Hagberg / AFP/Getty Images

Former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been released from jail after a two-month stay for refusing to testify to a grand jury. Ms Ma(...)

The Alliance Party’s Nuala McAllister celebrates as she is elected for the Castle area during the local  election count at Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA

The story of the local elections in Northern Ireland was the strong performance of the Alliance party to increase its representation by more than 20 s(...)

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro,  vice-president Hamilton Mourão (left) and army commander Edson Pujol at a ceremony to mark Army Day, in Brasília earlier this month. File photograph: Getty

Of all the infighting that has marked the first four months of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s administration, the most bizarre scrap involves a (...)

Wing now has the same certifications that smaller airlines receive from the US Federal Aviation Administration  and the department of transportation. Photograph: iStock

An offshoot of Google has become the first drone operator to receive US government approval as an airline, an important step that gives it the legal a(...)

US president Donald Trump speaking on Thursday the White House, where he said: ‘I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing.’ Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

Almost a decade ago, Julian Assange released a torrent of classified information that laid bare US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the secrets of Ame(...)

 Pope Francis (R) greets former Pope Benedict during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, 2014. Photograph: Alessia Giuliani/File Photo/Reuters

Former Pope Benedict has blamed the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal on the effects of the sexual revolution of the 1960s and a general collapse(...)

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