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A giant winter ‘bomb cyclone’ walloped the US east coast on Thursday with freezing cold and heavy snow, forcing thousands of flight cancellations and widespread school closures. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

The east coast of the US has been hit by a “bomb cyclone”, experiencing powerful blizzards, frigid temperatures and coastal flooding amid an Arctic fr(...)

Jamie Crosbie (17) and Katie Crosbie (6), from Tallaght, run to welcome their sister Ciara, arriving home for Christmas, from Sydney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nicola and Jamie Crosbie’s hands are tightly clasped as they stare intently at the automatic doors in the arrivals area in Dublin Airport’s Terminal 1(...)

Clodagh Hawe and her sons, from left, Niall, Ryan and Liam. Photograph: Jacqueline Connolly

For almost a decade Alan Hawe suffered from depressive and anxiety-based symptoms, which progressed to “psychotic” symptoms by the time he murdered hi(...)

Left to right:  Niall, Ryan, Liam and Clodagh Hawe. Photograph: Jacqueline Connolly

The inquest has begun into the murders of teacher Clodagh Hawe and her three sons, Liam, Niall and Ryan by their father Alan Hawe and his suicide at a(...)

Salma Hayek: “Why do we have to fight tooth and nail to maintain our dignity?” Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Jaws drop and drop and drop. Until it seems it will never stop. You would think we would get numb at some point. But no. There are just too many numbs(...)

US president Donald Trump with attorney general Jeff Sessions during a graduation ceremony at the FBI’s headquarters in  Quantico, Virginia, on Friday. Photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Tensions between Donald Trump and the FBI escalated on Friday as the US president described the behaviour of the agency as “disgraceful” as he departe(...)

Victory for Democrat Doug Jones in a special election in Alabama is a welcome result but does not necessarily herald similar changes in next year’s and 2020’s congressional and presidential votes. Photograph: Audra Melton/The New York Times

Alabama’s voters have shocked the Republican Party, energised Democrats and alerted an attentive world to the possibility of political change in the U(...)

Olympic silver medalists Gary and Paul O’Donovan with coach Dominic Casey at Skibbereen Rowing Club. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

Relentless, crewed by three Corkmen and a Dubliner, slotted into third in the rankings in the Atlantic Challenge rowing race on Thursday evening. A (...)

Deputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein waits for a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Oversight on Capitol Hill  in Washington, DC, today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein has rejected calls by Republican politicians for special counsel Robert Mueller to be removed from the Russia i(...)

Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford

Profits at the four-star Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare increased by 12 per cent in 2016 as a “bit more confidence” returned to the economy, the com(...)

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