In this aerial image,  Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich  play in fron of empty stands in their Bundesliga match in Dortmund last week.  The German league was the world’s first major soccer competition to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Federico Gambarini/DPA via AP, Pool

Frustrated fans may have to wait awhile yet before they get the chance to return to large-arena sport where nothing quite beats the live experience. (...)

Experts say rising global sea levels will exacerbate the risk of both repeat flooding and storm surges in an Irish context. File photograph: Getty Images

Extreme flooding events in some US coastal areas could double every five years if sea levels fuelled by climate change continue to rise, according to (...)

Intermittent fasting diets: Skipping breakfast and morning snacks and  eating between 12pm and 8pm seems to be a popular choice. Photograph: iStock

Have you enjoyed the festivities so far? Hopefully, a soupçon of hedonism hasn’t gone amiss, with more to come on New Year’s Eve. January i(...)

Metformin currently is the most-prescribed medication globally for people with type 2 diabetes. Photograph: Francis Dean/Corbis via Getty Images

A popular diabetes drug sometimes taken to slow ageing may diminish some of the expected health benefits of aerobic exercise in healthy older adults, (...)

Former US president Barack Obama participates in a political rally for California Democratic candidates. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Former US president Barack Obama has said the upcoming US midterm elections give Americans “a chance to restore some sanity in our politics”, taking a(...)

Barack Obama has kept a relatively low-profile since leaving office in January last year and has refrained from criticising his successor directly. However on Friday he spoke out at the University of Illinois in Urbana. Photograph: Daniel Acker/The New York Times

Former US president Barack Obama stepped back into the political fray on Friday, lambasting his successor Donald Trump for the first time since leavin(...)

A participant in th eCork St Patrick’s Day Parade. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Cork: Women who have represented Cork politically at both local and national level served as a collective group of Grand Marshals at the St Patrick’s(...)

“If we had a kid I’d call him Opus”: St Patrick’s Day, aka Johnny Murphy. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Early on St Patrick’s morning I meet St Patrick. He has his trademark hat, crozier, robe, chewing gum and sunglasses. “My full name is St Patrick’s Da(...)

The Purdue “All American” Marching Band from Indiana during their first visit to Ireland. The band, featuring 346 performers and world’s biggest drum, returns this year to march in the St Patrick’s Day parade for the second time. Photograph: Adrian Sadlier

In 1992, the Marching Illini band from the University of Illinois became the very first American college band to cross the Atlantic to participate in (...)

 Among the tweets Dr Steven Salaita sent were: “If you’re defending #Israel right now, you’re an awful human being. Photograph: Armando L Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images

An academic who became a test case for academic freedom in the US said he had no regrets for sending anti-Israel tweets. Dr Steven Salaita, a Palest(...)

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