Sally Rooney: youngest winner of Costa Novel Award. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Novelist Sally Rooney has won the Costa Novel Award for her second novel, Normal People, becoming the youngest recipient of the award, the most presti(...)

The  Gulf Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates: bouncing cheques and bankruptcy are treated as criminal offences in Dubai, causing many indebted expatriates to dump their possessions and leave rather than risk jail. Photograph: EPA/STR

A large GMC 4x4 sits with deflated tyres. Like the Range Rovers and Camaro GT parked nearby, it is covered in a thick layer of sandy dust – one of mor(...)

A man walks with an umbrella in a blizzard.

Northern Ireland has experienced one of the coldest April nights on record, with temperatures dropping to -8 Celcius (17.6F) on Sunday night/Monday mo(...)