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 Giovanni Brusca being led away by police following his interrogation in Palermo, Sicily, in 1996. Photograph: EPA/Lannino

One of the Sicilian mafia’s most notorious killers, who is believed to have murdered more than 100 people, has been released from prison after 25 year(...)

Businessman Dr Eddie O’Connor has apologised for ‘insensitive’ comments he made regarding investing in Africa at a climate change event. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Businessman Dr Eddie O’Connor has apologised after being criticised for using “antiquated stereotypes” in comments he made regarding perceived difficu(...)

A handout image issued by the European Space Agency (ESA) of deforestation in Bolivia seen from a satellite. Record amounts of CO2 continue to be pumped into the atmosphere every year so record global temperatures following in tandem should not be a surprise.  Photograph: ESA/PA Wire.

The science is clear: What the world needs to do to confront a rapidly unfolding climate crisis is to halve carbon emissions by 2030, reach net-zero b(...)

The event will forge a declaration on how to raise global ambition at COP26 with specific recommendations to accelerate the transition to net-zero emissions.   Photograph: iStock

Details have been announced of Irish initiative to lead an international effort “to move beyond ambition” among the world’s largest carbon pollut(...)

Rally outside Leinster House in Dublin  seeking the repeal of the 2004 citizenship referendum. File photograph: Eric Luke

Omar Neffati grew up in the hilltop village of Sutri, 50km from Rome, attending a school where he was no different from his classmates. “I always fel(...)

The group will attempt to forge a declaration on how to turn net-zero pledges into concrete energy policies and actions to be adopted at COP26. Photograph: iStock

A global initiative attempting to set out measures to accelerate progress towards net-zero carbon emissions in advance of the critical UN climate summ(...)

 Emmanuel Macron: “We are at a moment of truth, which is to decide whether the European Union is a political project or just a market project.” Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Times of crisis can be formative. As the European Union grapples with how to respond to the worst pandemic and economic crisis in a century, it is fue(...)

Wopke Hoekstra sits behind Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. Mr Hoekstra wrote that issuing joint debt via bonds risked undermining ‘incentives for sensible policy’. Photograph: EPA

Critics have accused the Netherlands of jeopardising the future of the European Union with its strident opposition to joint debt issuance in response (...)

Former  British PM David Cameron (left) and German chancellor Angela Merkel (right)  were working together to block Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz by approaching Enda Kenny (centre). Photographs: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty,  Eric Luke/The Irish Times, Hayoung Jeon/EPA

David Cameron and Angela Merkel sounded out Enda Kenny for the European Commission president in 2014, the former prime minister says in a memoir to be(...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (right): move is a gamble for the 44-year-old senator who is appealing to the political centre at a time when his popularity is low. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Italy’s former prime minister Matteo Renzi has announced he is splitting from the centre-left Democratic Party to set up a new centrist political move(...)

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