Chuck Feeney with Ed Walsh, then president of University of Limerick, and Frank Rhodes, president of Cornell, meeting in Plessy House, Limerick, in 1988 at the beginning of a process that would translate into hundreds of millions for higher education in Ireland.

“Chuck Feeney is what Donald Trump would be if he lived his entire existence backwards.” This comment, from one of Mr Feeney’s many admirers, Jim Dwy(...)

Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as US attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, has died. She was 78. Photograph: Marta Lavandier/AP

Janet Reno, the first woman US attorney general who served eight tumultuous years with President Bill Clinton, has died aged 78, according to media re(...)

International Monetary Fund  managing director Christine Lagarde: fund’s involvement in euro zone programmes had been a “qualified success” in the face of unprecedented systemic challenge. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

The IMF repeatedly succumbed to political pressure from European governments during the euro zone debt crisis, according to a damning internal report (...)

The flight path of 2013 TX68. Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech

A 100ft-wide asteroid is heading for a close encounter with Earth on Sunday and could come closer than some orbiting satellites. But scientists are s(...)

If the food had been served on a larger plate there is also a good chance that she would have eaten more of it.

Leaving food on the plate. Is that a female thing? At a lunch a few months I noticed that a lady at our table had been served a fillet steak. Altho(...)

Puppies from the first litter born by in-vitro fertilization. Photograph: Reuters

A surrogate mother dog has given birth to the world’s first litter of IVF puppies. All seven pups, who have three sets of biological parents, are sai(...)

Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou said the US had responded positively to the news of the talks. Photograph: Reuters/Pichi Chuang

China’s president Xi Jinping will meet Ma Ying-jeou, head of self-ruled Taiwan, for a historic meeting on Saturday which, Mr Ma insisted, is about n(...)

Schoolchildren in Cape Town visit Robben Island; the island’s visitor centre is funded by Atlantic Philanthropies. Photograph by magnum from the book laying the foundations for change

Twenty-five years ago, Chuck Feeney made his first grant to Ireland through Atlantic Philanthropies. University of Limerick was the recipient, and (...)

The Department of Health said because there was no single cause of Ireland’s obesity problem there would be no single solution. Photograph: Getty Images

Food and drink manufacturers may be forced to lower the sugar and fat content of products if they fail to do so voluntarily. The Department of (...)

There can’t be many people who haven’t checked out online reviews before buying something pricey or booking a hotel

Check it out online first: it’s a like a mantra for consumers, the sort of sensible-sounding advice that crops up in personal-finance columns all the (...)

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