Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden: Should he make it to the White House, Biden would have completed the longest marathon in US political history. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

It was late afternoon on February 2nd, the eve of the Iowa caucuses. We were jammed into a high-school gymnasium in Des Moines, the state capital, for(...)

F Scott Fitzgerald: his debut novel was published one hundred years ago today. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Published a hundred years ago today to immense and immediate acclaim, F Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel This Side of Paradise – the book that launched (...)

John Purroy Mitchel on May 11th, 1914 at the memorial for the Veracruz dead. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir lies at the heart of Central Park in New York City. A frequent backdrop to Hollywood movies, its 2.5 kilometr(...)

Daniel Stewart: ‘Northern Ireland is not just one big petrol bomb waiting to explode, it is a mythical landscape of green pastures, tremendous mountains, azure seafronts, and golden people.’ Photograph: Lily Duffield

“An Irishman walks into a bar . . .” I wouldn’t really call myself an Irishman. With a British passport, a harsh accent, and a brutal take on hospital(...)

Brexit: “Central to politics is the picking of battles, and Britain has picked an all-absorbing one.” Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The signatories of a recent letter to Theresa May must have daunted even that sceptic of the business lobby. The CBI, the Institute of Directors, the (...)

Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s statue of Parnell. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Shopping in Dunne’s recently, I overheard an interesting snippet of conversation in the aisles. It was before the blizzard-induced panic but, as it ha(...)

Managers are made rather than born and most become accomplished through a combination of training, good mentoring (if they’re fortunate) and experience. Photograph: iStock

The prospect of missing out on a sackful of presents is usually enough to keep kids on their best behaviour for at least three months of the year. Unf(...)

Brazil

It was after 10.30pm on March 7th when a car carrying billionaire Joesley Batista pulled up at the Jaburu Palace, one of the modernist masterpieces by(...)

 President Donald Trump issued an apocalyptic warning to North Korea on Tuesday, saying it faces “fire and fury” over its missile program, after US media reported Pyongyang has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead. Photogrgaph: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je

This was the moment many Americans, along with the rest of the world, feared. This – precisely this – was what alarmed us most about the prospect of D(...)

Beauden Barrett down injured during the game. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sky had done the most Sky thing ever by beginning the morning quoting Theodore Roosevelt ahead of Warren Gatland’s men entering the Wellington arena. (...)

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