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Former US first lady Lady Bird Johnson (polka-dot dress), her husband former president Lyndon B Johnson (dark suit) and former vice-president Spiro T Agnew (holding glass, far right)  at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, watching the launch of  Apollo 11  on its mission to carry out the first  manned lunar landing. Photograph: National Geographic/Getty Images

There has been a lot in the media over the past weeks as we close in like a moon lander on the 50th anniversary of the first touchdown by a human on t(...)

Actor Rip Torn: died aged 88. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Screen and stage star Rip Torn has died at the age of 88. Torn made his reputation in the works of Tennessee Williams and played roles as diverse as (...)

Those with hard hearts will wonder whether there is anything left to learn about the first moon landing. Those with harder hearts may demand that any (...)

John Dean, former White House counsel in the Nixon administration, is sworn in before testifying at a House judiciary committee hearing  about the Mueller report on Monday . Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Democrats stepped up their pressure on US president Donald Trump over the Mueller investigation on Monday, summoning John Dean, the White House counse(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar greets US president Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, at Shannon Airport. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

Donald and Melania Trump departed Shannon Airport on Friday afternoon bringing to a close the first visit to Ireland by the 45th president of the Unit(...)

Kilfrush Stud

Good land is worth its weight in gold, or so they say. At Kilfrush Stud in rural Co Limerick, the limestone enriched land is so good that horses born(...)

An exhibit on the assassination of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Photograph: Justin T Gellerson/New York Times

A few blocks south of the National Mall in Washington, DC, a sparkling new building has become the latest addition to the city’s museum scene. The In(...)

Bob Woodward: ‘I think there’s a lot of pomposity, particularly on television’. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

He may still be associated in the public mind with the investigative reporting of the Watergate scandal which ultimately brought down US president Ric(...)

US president Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump before departing the White House on Marine One on Thursday, after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuteers

Shortly after William Barr, the US attorney general, held a press conference to pronounce Donald Trump’s across-the-board innocence, the president twe(...)

Father Patrick Peyton with Bing Crosby. According to the Guns & Rosaries documentary, the Co Mayo-born priest received CIA funding to help fight communism in Latin America

The prominent Irish “Rosary priest”, Fr Patrick Peyton, accepted funding from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to help bring about a 1964 mili(...)

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