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A Curaleaf store in New York. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A former Credit Suisse banker best known for his role in privatising Russian state assets after the fall of communism is capitalizing on another trans(...)

Grisa Muntean, the last remaining resident of Dobrusa,  Moldova, takes care of his bees. ‘When I work, I speak with the trees, with the birds, with the animals, with my tools. There is no one else to talk to.’ Photograph: Laetitia Vancon/The New York Times

Thirty years ago, the village of Dobrusa had about 200 residents. At the start of this year, it had just three. Then two were murdered. And now ther(...)

Science Foundation Ireland  director general Prof Mark Ferguson has been appointed chair of the new European Innovation Council advisory board. Photography: Jason Clarke Photography

In a sign of Ireland’s increased standing in European research and innovation, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) director general Prof Mark Ferguson ha(...)

“GK Chesterton was certainly no ascetic, enjoying cigars and alcohol as well as food. Unlike most saints, he was also happily married.”

The writer GK Chesterton was unusual for many reasons, ranging from his physical enormity – he stood 6 feet 4 and weighed more than 20 stone (130kg) –(...)

A visitor takes a picture at a wreckage of a bus in the ghost city of Pripyat during a tour in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

The writer of the acclaimed HBO drama series Chernobyl has spoken out about the proliferation of lewd and inappropriate selfies taken by tourists(...)

US president Donald Trump  and French president Emmanuel Macron shake hands during a meeting at Caen, Normandy, northwestern France. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

France will never forget the sacrifice of the Allied troops who liberated it from Nazi Germany, French president Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, the(...)

Peter Sellers in  Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick’s biting cold war satire which is re-issued in cinemas next week some 55 years after its initial theatrical run, is ar(...)

Russian authorities have launched an investigation into the crash-landing of a  Sukhoi Superjet 100 which killed 41 people. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Russia sees no reason to ground its domestically produced Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft despite one of the planes bursting into flames during a crash-l(...)

A still image shows the burnt-out Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger plane. Photograph: Handout via Reuters

Both flight recorders have been recovered from the plane that caught fire while making an emergency landing in Moscow, killing 41 people, Russian offi(...)

Chernobyl drama: Irish actor Jessie Buckley portrays Lyudmilla Ignatenko, whose husband Vasily was one of the first firefighters on the scene of the 1986 disaster

A new five-part miniseries dramatising the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion will bring “fresh eyes” to the disaster and its subsequent cover-up, Chern(...)

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