US president Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un during a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone in Panmunjom, Korea in June 2019. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden’s lack of ambition in finding a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea has left some South Koreans missing the flamboyant summitry of Dona(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a Workers’ Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has warned of food shortages in his country and urged officials to boost agricultural production as North Korea stru(...)

China’s President Xi Jinping has been accused of turning the party into a ‘political zombie’. File photograph: EPA

An intensifying purge of disloyal Chinese Communist Party law and order officials is setting the stage for President Xi Jinping to become party chairm(...)

Poster for the fifth international Flann O’Brien conference, which starts on Tuesday and will involve several days of non-stop talking by academics and other Flannoraks, from at least four continents. 

If you’re hoping to experience what Patrick Kavanagh called “the tremendous silence of mid-July” anywhere in Dublin next week, then, thanks to one of (...)

“It is typically associated with boredom, but also commonly with tiredness. So, does a prolonged yawn after a sleep enhance our sense of refreshment, or is it mere drowsiness – a reminder that we could have slept longer?” File photograph: iStockPhoto

One of the most puzzling actions in the shared repertoire of animal and human behaviour is yawning – common to, for example, cats, rats, dogs and ceta(...)

A Hungarian obstetrician  discovered the importance of hand-washing in preventing puerperal sepsis, a major cause of maternal mortality

In our decade of commemorations, we might easily miss two interesting sesquicentennials of 2017, commemorating 150 years of the Canadian Confederation(...)

Brian O’Nolan: wrote his long-running ‘Irish Times’ column, ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’, from 1940 until 1966 under the pseudonym of Myles na gCopaleen.

Myles na gCopaleen meets Mozart, at least in spirit, this week, as the latest International Flann O’Brien Society conference gets under way in the pic(...)

Simon Singh has written a book about the many mathematical references in The Simpsons

Why did the ex-chicken cross the road? It was fired from a cannon by a group of scientists who were trying to figure out how fast wind moves inside a(...)

The Bullies, Bullied and Bystanders Conference 2016, hosted by the Anti-Bullying Centre in DCU, was presented with evidence that Irish children are among the most prolific “sexters” in Europe. File photograph: Getty Images

Adolescents who share sexually explicit images of themselves often endure verbal and physical harassment which may lead to them developing symptoms of(...)

Nevermore will this raven’s food be stolen. Photograph: Jana Mueller/PA

Ravens can assess the risk of being observed when hiding food and will change locations of a food cache if they think another raven has been spying on(...)

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