Is this the NSA whose mass snooping was exposed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden? Photograph: Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images

It is not every day that I hear from a huge American surveillance outfit like the National Security Agency, the one whose mass snooping was exposed by(...)

Dead lambs lie in the snow as farmers search for trapped sheep in snow drifts in the Aughafatten area of Co Antrim last month. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Northern farmers and the Stormont Executive are braced for a spiralling bill for large-scale livestock losses following last month’s devastatin(...)