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President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen was left without a chair as male counterparts sat down at a meeting with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Did you ever have an Ursula Von der Leyen moment? I mean the moment you suddenly found you were not in the middle of things, but out on the edge, gobs(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

Hennessy rings me in the middle of the night to say the old man has been arrested. It’s not the first time it’s ever happened. I can’t even say it’s t(...)

Facebook’s news blackout in Australia may backfire on the social media company. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

In the unfolding story of Facebook vs Australia, there is a narrative that casts Australia as the plucky frontrunner in a global fight against Big Tec(...)

Michael Cohen boasts in his memoir of his exposure to the mob as a teenager, and even compares his reception in federal prison to that accorded to Al Capone and El Chapo. Photograph: (J Scott Applewhite/AP

Michael Cohen is no saint. Aside from the obvious, Donald Trump’s former fixer has never entered into a formal co-operation agreement with federal pro(...)

After another 10 years of digital encroachment and data collection, the hidden self is now fully exposed. It is a valuable resource that is harvest(...)

What drama: Ireland’s Fittest Family host Mairead Ronan (centre) with coaches (from left); Derval O’Rouke, Donnacha O’Callaghan, Anna Geary and Davy Fitzgerald.

Ireland’s Fittest Family (RTÉ1, Sunday) begins with 15 families of exactly four members each striding confidently into the future as though animated b(...)

Elizabeth McGovern: ‘I did feel like a fish out of water for a long time. I don’t anymore.’ Photograph: Aaron Richter/New York Times

The British period drama Downton Abbey launched in a nice teatime telly slot on ITV in 2010, looking decidedly out of place on a medium then defined b(...)

Ricky Gervais in After LIfe: slovenly, hard-drinking and misanthropic

Everyone is very concerned about Tony, a man affected by personal tragedy. Once, the protagonist of After Life (Netflix, now streaming) was apparently(...)

A scene from ‘Sicilian Ghost Story’

In November 1993, 11-year-old Giuseppe Di Matteo was abducted by the Sicilian Mafia in order to silence his father, a gangster who had become a “penti(...)

Even for urban ducks, they seem extraordinarily relaxed around humans

I came home one night recently to find that, as usual, the ducks were outside our door, waiting to be fed. For readers who missed the opening dispatch(...)

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