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The top 50 most-watched TV programmes can act as a mirror to current affairs. Photograph: iStock

How has what we watch on television changed over the past 10 years? Comparing the list of the top 50 programmes consumed by Irish viewers in 2021 wit(...)

Joe Biden President Biden ‘fancied himself another Master of the Senate. Unfortunately, he was thinking about the Senate of 1984’. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Poor Joe. Oh, the tribulations of Job Biden! Kyrsten Sinema humiliated him. Mitch McConnell disrespected him. The supreme court blocked him. Vladimi(...)

 Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers. Photograph:  Aaron C Davis/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Stewart Rhodes, the leader and founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, was arrested on Thursday and charged with seditious conspiracy for organ(...)

Sidney Poitier: the groundbreaking actor has died aged 94. Photograph: Tommaso Boddi/Getty

In the late 1960s, when black actors still struggled for mainstream recognition, Sidney Poitier, who has died in the Bahamas at the age of 94, managed(...)

BlackBerry has decided to pull the plug on new updates of its operating system, meaning most BlackBerries  will not operate correctly. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP

BlackBerry is pulling the plug on service for its once ubiquitous business smartphones, which were toted by executives, politicians and legions of fan(...)

Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi waves during his swearing-in ceremony  in Tehran on August 5th, 2021. Photograph: Meghdad Madadi/ATPImages/Getty Images

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei bided his time before publicly offering his seal of approval to the 2015 nuclear accord Tehran signed with world powers. But as(...)

The former amateur boxer who represented Nevada in the US Congress as a Democrat for more than 30 years died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Photograph: Jason Reed/ Reuters

Harry Reid, the pugnacious son of a Nevada hard-rock miner who rose from poverty to become the US Senate majority leader and earned a reputation as a (...)

Table Mountain lit up in purple to honour the memory of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in Cape Town. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty

South Africans remembered anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu with cathedral bells, flowers and warm words on Monday, a day after he die(...)

British prime minister Neville Chamberlain  making his ‘peace in our time’ address at Heston Airport on his return from Munich on November 30th, 1938. Photograph: Fox Photos/Getty Images

The eyes have become livelier, and that thin voice much more resonant. Nor does the upward revision of Neville Chamberlain in Munich: The Edge of(...)

Kennedy role gives a new public role to the once reticent scion of the celebrated political dynasty. Photograph:  Toshifumi Kitamura via Getty

Joe Biden has nominated Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F Kennedy, to be the US ambassador to Australia. Ms Kennedy, 63, a member of one of Ameri(...)

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