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Pope Francis told worshippers at morning Mass in the Vatican  that abuse scandals had ‘cost us a lot of money, but (paying damages) is only right’. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

United Nations child protection experts pushed Vatican delegates today to reveal the scope of the decades-long sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholi(...)

Mind matters: without access to top entrepreneurial talent, struggles with innovation could lead increasing numbers of companies with the capacity to make a huge impact to give up

It was a week before a big innovation conference in Australia in which I was set to debate the negative side of the question: “Would innovation make t(...)

Republican Paul Ryan said the food-stamp scheme was turning a safety net into a ‘hammock’.

The word “freedom” looms large in modern conservative rhetoric. Lobbying groups are given names like FreedomWorks; health reform is denounced not just(...)

David Wachman and jockey William Lordan is congratulated by Aidan O’Brien after winning the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes with Sudirman at the Curragh last month. Photograph: Inpho

It is half a century since an Irish-trained winner of Doncaster’s Ladbrokes St Leger that didn’t emerge from Ballydoyle, but David Wachman hopes to br(...)

House Speaker John Boehner was among  House leaders who worked late last week to help pass the monstrous farm bill. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times

Something terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party in the United States. We’ve gone beyond bad economic doctrine. We’ve even gone bey(...)

A model of the Garden of Remembrance, in Dublin’s Parnell Square, showing the proposed ‘Journey of Light’ memorial to victims of institutional abuse in Ireland

Planning permission has been granted for a memorial to survivors of institutional abuse at Dublin’s Garden of(...)

Richard Hughes riding Sky Lantern (left) celebrates winning The Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes from Just The Judge  at Newmarket. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Sky Lantern showed top-class form in her juvenile year, during which she won the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh. She appe(...)

Mahmood Al Zarooni’s Certify will miss the Qipco 1000 Guineas after ‘serious irregularities were found in samples taken from horses in his (Al Zarooni’s) care at Moulton Paddocks, Newmarket’, according to the Godolphin website.  Photograph: PA Wire.

Details of the charges brought by the British Horseracing Authority against trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, as well as the date of his hearing, are(...)

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