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   Five unarmed civilians died and several more were injured in an incident that a future US president called the ‘foundation of independence’

Two hundred and fifty years ago today, there occurred in Boston an incident that a future US president called the “foundation of independence”. It was(...)

Democratic presidential hopeful and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders at a primary night event in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photograph:  Timothy A Clary/AFP via Getty Images

Astute chroniclers of British politics have formulated what is known as the Banter Heuristic. According to this rule of thumb, whose predictive record(...)

US president Donald Trump with ghis then newly-appointed national security adviser John Bolton in April, 2018. Photograph:  Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Donald Trump’s lawyers were set to wrap up their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday, as senators debate whether to call witn(...)

US president Donald Trump: Almost any sentient mammal who stands for a major party can count on 45 per cent of the national vote. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Followers of sport will be familiar with the concept of the emotional hedge. On the sound premise that money beats gallows humour as consolation, peop(...)

Portrait of Hutcheson by Allan Ramsay, circa 1745.

Before it became central to the US declaration of independence, “the pursuit of happiness” was a concept much pondered by thinkers this side of the At(...)

The Supreme Court has refused to hear a further appeal by a jailed sex offender who made three young girls take Polaroid pictures of themselves as he sexually abused them.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The Supreme Court has refused to hear a further appeal by a jailed sex offender who made three young girls take Polaroid pictures of themselves as he (...)

An original Axminster carpet from the 1770s, designed by the company’s founder, Thomas Whitty, beside a loom from the 1950s, on display inside the Axminster Heritage Centre in Axminster, England.  Photograph: Mary Turner/The New York Times

The royal coat of arms is affixed to a sign on the front of the Axminster Carpets factory, near the train station in a town of 6,000 in southwest Engl(...)

There was always something a little different about Saint Sister. When the Northern Irish duo first arrived on the scene in 2014, it wasn’t just Gemma(...)

US president Donald Trump painted a stark picture of what losing the majority would mean for the conservative agenda Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump has warned evangelical leaders that Democrats “will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violen(...)

 The plan to build a 40-plus storey skyscraper as part of a €250m office and hotel complex in Cork has drawn much criticism in recent days. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The developers behind Ireland’s planned tallest building on the historic Port of Cork site have moved to reassure the public that they are sensitive t(...)

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