A defaced ‘Welcome to Northern Ireland’ sign is displayed on the Irish Border in Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

“‘How did you go bankrupt?’ Bill asked. ‘Two ways,’ Mike said. ‘Gradually and then suddenly.’” Ernest Hemingway’s insight may be applied to breakthro(...)

Injured Syrian army members receive honours during the opening of the Damascus International Fair. File photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Damascus’s 61st International Fair opened this week with a spectacular sound and light show, singing and dancing, and a message of hope for a future w(...)

Yumi Katsura: ‘When I met Grace Kelly (above), I understood the real meaning of “elegant”  as a verb.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Among the latest linguistic outrages brought to us by advertising, I see, is the use of “elegant” as a verb.  At least according to Private Eye m(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping spent seven years in Liangjiahe living in primitive conditions. Photograph: Mark R. Cristino/EPA

In the cave in Liangjiahe where the 15-year-old Xi Jinping was sent in 1969 during the ravages of the Cultural Revolution, there is a felt mattress on(...)

(Original Caption) 'Germany: World War I Armistice: Officers celebrate at captured German canteen.' In reality, the industrial nature of the slaughter destroyed all the notions of individual heroism and chivalry.

It was the greatest silence in all of history. On the western front, the British and Americans were using sound waves transferred on to film to give v(...)

Associate Editor of the Washington Post Bob Woodward and Donald Trump. Photograph: Getty.

Long-time Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s book on Donald Trump’s first 18 months in office includes some incendiary comments attributed to the(...)

The  calle Estafeta during the San Fermin bull-running festival in Pamplona: event brings about a million visitors to the city from across Spain and abroad. Photograph:  Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty

Bullfighting in Pamplona, which is part of the city’s world-famous festival of San Fermín, is facing the prospect of being banned due to mounting oppo(...)

David McCourt (left) lives in the Merrion Hotel where Peter McCann is manager

When did you last cry? David: When I got the bill from The Merrion. Peter: When he paid it. David: Coco Chanel lived at The Ritz for 37 years. Bob (...)

Sunset with broken bridge at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys, near Key West.

In April 1982, during the Nixon era, the US border patrol introduced a road block on the Florida Keys to screen traffic for drugs and refugees in fron(...)

Happy Hour at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Mary Boland

It’s happy hour at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club on Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh, where half-price cocktails are plentiful but foreign correspondent(...)

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