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The discovery of the shark nursery was made last July by the Marine Institute’s remotely-operated vehicle Holland 1 deployed from the ILV Granuaile. Photograph: Marine Institute/Geological Survey of Ireland

A team of marine scientists have discovered a very rare shark nursery 200 miles west of Ireland while investigating Ireland’s deep-ocean territory. Th(...)

  UN special envoy  for Syria Staffan de Mistura: hopes progress can be achieved in talks between the Syrian government and militants  in Geneva after ceasefires have been agreed in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The Syrian army regained territory from Islamic State in central and eastern Syria on Wednesday as ceasefire talks got under way again in Kazakhstan.(...)

Among the best short story writers (top row): John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Raymond Carver; (Bottom row): Ron Rash, Flannery O’Connor and Richard Ford

And the rocket’s red glare. The bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there From The Star Spangled Banner (1814)(...)

Casey Affleck: Manchester by the Sea performance deserves the best actor Oscar. Photograph: Emily Andrews/The New York Times

Oscar weekend and here we go again: who will win versus who should win. Last year’s Academy Awards were dominated by the lack of recognition for (...)

The Ireland players form a ring around Joe Schmidt at the Aviva Stadium as the head coach delivers instructions. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A New Zealand television journalist crystallised Joe Schmidt’s Ireland with the final question of Thursday’s press conference: “Joe, you always talk a(...)

An injured child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, on Monday following an air strike by government forces. Experts fear Syria’s war could last for many more years. Photograph: Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images

It may take weeks or months, but Aleppo is likely to fall to Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power and the most lethal bombardment in n(...)

Bloody sunday in Derry 1972 when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights march through the city. Photograph: William L Rukeyser

‘D-Day’, ‘Arnhem’, ‘The Falklands.’ Perhaps these place names and battle honours of The Parachute Regiment point to why the men of its 1st Battalion’s(...)

Western leaders now say  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP Photo

German chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks – the latest evidence that key we(...)

A site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the Dahra Awad neighbourhood of Aleppo. Photograph: Firas Badawi/Reuters

Damascus yesterday announced that the presidential election would be held on June 3rd(...)

Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad is flanked by police officers after the second round of talks between Syrian government and opposition at UN HQ in Geneva. Photograph: Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

The Syrian government and opposition delegations participating in UN-brokered talks aimed at ending the country’s civil war are unevenly matched. Whil(...)

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