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Poet Mary Oliver, with her dog Ricky, at her home in Hobe Sound, Florida in 2013. Photograph: Angel Valentine/The New York Times

Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose work, with its plain language and minute attention to the natural world, drew a wide following while (...)

Colonial chic?: Melania Trump in her pith helmet and whites in Nairobi. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Are we allowed to talk about Melania Trump’s outfits, or is it too belittling? I can’t keep up any more. – Daniel, by email Ooh, it’s a tricky one, i(...)

Children asleep on metal chairs in Tallaght Garda station on the night of August 8th after they and their mother were forced to sleep there due to lack of emergency accommodation. Photograph: PA Wire

We don’t like seeing images of children in distress. They reach into a primal part of our brain and trigger the release of oxytocin, the empathy hormo(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has strongly criticised the Trump administration’s treatment of child immigrants on the Mexico border. File photograph:  Katia Christodoulou/EPA

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has criticised the separation of children from their parents on the US-Mexico border as “indefensible, immo(...)

Mothers and children wait to be assisted by volunteers in a humanitarian centre in the border town of McAllen, Texas. The UN human rights chief condemned the “unconscionable” separation of migrant children from their parents at the US border. Photograph: Leila Macor/AFP/Getty Images

In a former warehouse in Texas, hundreds of children, separated from their parents and alone in an unfamiliar country, sit in spartan metal cages unde(...)

Trump says German people are turning against Merkel over immigration. Photograph: Nicholas Kimmnicholas/AFP

US president Donald Trump has blamed migrants in Europe for violently changing the culture and for what he inaccurately described as a rise in crime i(...)

Laura Bush, the last Republican first lady, spoke out forcefully against the practice in a rare foray into domestic politics. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The United Nations’ top human rights official on Monday weighed into the mounting furor over the Trump administration’s policy of separating unauthori(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks alongside First Lady Melania Trump during an event in honour of Military Mothers and Spouses in Washington. Photograph: Getty Images

Was it a parody or a barely-veiled act of defiance against her husband? A serious pronouncement or a rushed rehash of previously-unveiled policies? O(...)

Grow your own: Michelle Obama took a spade to the White House’s South Lawn in 2009 to make a kitchen garden

Now that the Trump administration is ensconced in Washington, the question of whether the famous White House kitchen garden championed by Michelle Ob(...)

Rarely seen: Melania Trump with her husband on  inauguration day. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Now, stacked on the Trump tower of petrifying things we have to worry about – war with Iran, war with China, war with Mexico, war with Islam, war with(...)

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