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Handshake diplomacy: German chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto hang out with a robot on the IBG Automation stand at Hanover tech fair. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Image of the week: Robot return While French president Emmanuel Macron hangs out with Donald Trump and their respective wives at the White House, Ger(...)

Endangered: bird species such as the curlew (above) and hen harrier are seriously threatened, according to Oonagh Duggan of Environmental Pillar. Photograph: Andrew Howe/iStock/Getty

Ireland is failing in its duty to protect numerous threatened species and habitats of international importance, according to a European report. The (...)

Anybody over 13 will still be able to sign up for Snapchat but the company will no longer retain particular kinds of data about them. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Snapchat plans to stop retaining certain data about users under the age of 16 in Europe, including precise location history, to comply with new EU pri(...)

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Tech giants including Google, Apple and Amazon will for the first time face rules governing their commercial relations with smaller businesses under a(...)

RSA security president Rohit Ghai said that GDPR was making data management and privacy a prominent issue all over the world, not just in the EU. Photograph: iStock

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes live in less than a month – May 25th – and, if you think some European organisations are still(...)

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: Ireland diluted the EU’s expression of support for the military strike against Syria. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

It was hardly a diplomatic storm. More a quiet contretemps, largely missed or ignored by most of our fellow EU member states, although the issue made (...)

Minister for Communications Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Denis Naughten said he was looking at recommendations in the new EU Plastic Strategy for national administrations to see what else could be delivered in a short timeframe.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A levy on non-recyclable coffee cups is not going to be introduced in Ireland, the Minster for Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has confi(...)

Certain ELDSLÅGA   gas hobs are being recalled by Ikea Ireland due to excessive carbon monoxide emissions. File photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Certain gas hobs are being recalled by Ikea Ireland due to excessive carbon monoxide emissions. Ikea is recalling ELDSLÅGA gas hobs purchased before (...)

UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief co-ordinator Mark Lowcock  at a news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini during an international conference on the future of Syria, in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday. Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/Reuters

Pledges of €3.6 billion in aid to Syrian refugees at home and in neighbouring countries this year were made at an EU-UN conference in Brussels on Wedn(...)

Groups opposing Irish Water’s €1.3 billion plan to pipe water to Dublin say  the capital’s supply issues should be deal with by fixing leakages.

The proposal to spend €1.3 billion on extracting water from the Shannon and building a 170-kilometre pipeline to convey it to Dublin should be subject(...)

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