Experts believe Ireland is particularly vulnerable to international cyber attacks due to the concentration of international technology firms here and the ‘thinly resourced’ cybersecurity infrastructure. Photograph: iStock

Ireland has applied to join a cyberintelligence sharing organisation run by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) in the face of increasing on(...)

A number of women’s rights activists became international figures after their arrest early last year for their social advocacy. Far left,  Li Maizi.  Photograph: Free Chinese Feminists page, Facebook

For Li Maizi, one of the five women’s rights activists who became international figures after their arrest early last year for their social advocacy, (...)

Female pilot Yu Xu (30), one of the first Chinese female fighter jet pilots, who died in an accident during  flight training in November. Some women  are excelling and breaking out of traditional gender norms.(Photograph:  VCG)

In 1968, as the Cultural Revolution wrought chaos and ideological frenzy across China, Chairman Mao proclaimed “Women hold up half the sky”, a phrase(...)

Ian Paisley jnr MP member of  Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, which  concluded it was impossible to predict the impact of Brexit on the North without knowing what kind of EU trade deal Britain would secure. Photograph: PA Wire

If Brexit happens, Britain and Ireland could negotiate a bilateral deal giving special status to Irish citizens in the UK – but only with the approva(...)

A leaf of the cannabis plant. Photograph: Thinkstock

Spare a thought for Bert Trautmann, a goalkeeper who suffered two cracked vertebrae in his neck while playing for Manchester City in the 1956 FA Cu(...)

London Grammar: If You Wait

Such has been the velocity of London Grammar’s rise that the band didn’t even register on any of those Sound of 2013 surveys a few months ago. Thei(...)

Grove snail: tends to mate in late spring. Illustration: Michael Viney

The dense, drizzly coastal fog that is often our share of summer high pressure enveloped the Thallabawn hillside for three days, leaving every leaf gl(...)