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Iris Murdoch,  novelist, playwright and philosopher. Photograph: Getty

I first read Iris Murdoch’s writing in 1999, shortly after her death and the Penguin reprint of her Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sea, the Sea (with(...)

Supporters of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro  in Caracas on Thursday. Photograph: Jhonn Zerpa/EPA/Miraflores Press Office handout

Mass street protests designed to drive Nicolás Maduro out of office and into exile will sweep cities across Venezuela again on Saturday as Hugo Chávez(...)

Camille O’Sullivan performing at the Irish Embassy in London for St Brigid’s Day in 2018.

From London to Warsaw to Washington this weekend, events will be held around the world celebrating the talent and creativity of Irish women, to mark S(...)

 Israel has decided not  to extend the mandate of the international observer force in the West Bank city of Hebron. Photograph: EPA/Abed Al Hashlamoun

Palestinians have reacted angrily to Israel’s decision not to extend the mandate of the international observer force in the flashpoint West Bank city (...)

Finland and Ireland led the Good Country Index of 153 countries

Ireland is ranked in second place in the Good Country Index. The Index of 153 countries measures what each contributes to the “common good of humani(...)

Students Christopher Doyle and Caolán Ruane take part in Crana College’s transition year programme

Transition year is more popular than ever. By now it is available in 92 per cent of schools, and a record 72 per cent of third-year students went on t(...)

Human rights lawyer Wang Guangwei pictured with his son Wang Guangwei in China’s southern Hainan province in May 2015. Photograph: Handout courtesy of  Li Wenzu/AFP/Getty Images

A Chinese court on Monday jailed prominent rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang for 4½ years for subversion of state power, a sentence denounced by Human Righ(...)

Anti-Maduro demonstrators gather as one holds a poster of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Venezuela’s embattled president Nicolas Maduro rejected an international ultimatum to call elections within eight days and said opposition leader Juan(...)

Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, delivers a statement at Moncloa Presidential Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 26th. Photograph: Victor Lerena/EPA

The European Union stepped up pressure on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, signaling it will recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido if elections (...)

The Big Three: Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference, 1945. Photograph: Hulton/Getty

The Kremlin Letters: Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt By David Reynolds and Vladimir Pechatnov Yale University Press, 680p(...)

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