US president Donald Trump in Michigan on Saturday. “Trump’s peculiar form of diplomacy  has somehow produced a possible breakthrough in North Korea that eluded his predecessors.” Photograph: Rena Laverty/EPA

You can hear those heads exploding from here to Oslo. Republican legislators are pushing Donald Trump, the most combative man in the universe, for a N(...)

Millicent Fawcett speaking at the Suffragette Pilgrimage in Hyde Park, London. Photograph: PA Wire

A statue of 19th century British feminist leader Millicent Fawcett was unveiled in London’s Parliament Square on Tuesday, the first monument honourin(...)

Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s statue of Parnell. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Shopping in Dunne’s recently, I overheard an interesting snippet of conversation in the aisles. It was before the blizzard-induced panic but, as it ha(...)

Students at the University of Texas at Austin visiting the Jefferson Davis exhibit at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University

Confederate president Jefferson Davis takes you by surprise, suddenly appearing in the corridor of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. At 8(...)

Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Feargháil and guest speaker  Alan Quinlan prior to the Oireachtas symposium on  mental health at  Dublin Castle. Photograph: Maxwells

Politicians are not immune from suffering mental health problems, and Government policy must be updated to tackle the issue, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fe(...)

John Mitchel: supported slavery and the confederate side in the American Civil War

It may not be the time to pose such a question, as Mayo head for their 11th All-Ireland senior football final since 1989 (including two replays), but (...)

Merck chief executive Ken Frazier on Monday resigned from a White House advisory body in protest over Donald Trump’s failure to denounce white nationalists for provoking clashes over the weekend in which one protester died.

Merck’s chief executive Ken Frazier on Monday resigned from a White House advisory body in protest over Donald Trump’s failure to denounce white natio(...)

Scientists are trying to find ways to get young people to drink more milk, including inventing a ‘fizzy milk’ in the lab at Arla in Denmark. Photograph: Getty Images

A man in skinny jeans and a bow tie is standing by a whiteboard with various buzzwords written on it: empathy, respect, create. He is leading a corpor(...)

US president Donald Trump tweeted a video clip of him attacking an opponent in a wrestling match with a CNN logo imposed on the head of his opponent. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

In many ways Donald Trump’s departure from Washington this week for Europe was a relief for many in this increasingly polarised country. Tired and di(...)

File image of actor Daniel Day-Lewis posing with his Oscar for best actor for his role in ‘Lincoln’, in Hollywood, California, the US. File photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Sir Daniel Day-Lewis is to retire from acting, it has been announced. The surprising news came in a statement to Variety magazine from his representat(...)

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