A women cries as she holds a candle and a flower outside former South African President Nelson Mandela’s house in Houghton, last night. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters.

Africa will never have seen anything like it. Amid unfathomable grief, the death of Nelson Mandela will be marked with the biggest and most watched ev(...)

Michael Harding at Lough Allen, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

I was in an auto-parts shop in Ennis last week looking for seat covers because there’s a rip on the seat of the Jeep. The man behind the counter had a(...)

The disused station, Brompton Road, closed in 1934 due to a lack of passengers, is one of many abandoned ‘ghost’ stations that lie beneath the British capital. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

The British government has sold off a disused London underground station used as a secret wartime command centre, as part of its drive to repair batte(...)

DAN KEENANVan the Man became the Belfast freeman last night when, before an audience of 2,500, he was conferred with the city’s highest honour. Van M(...)

Dimbleby, who has been presenting the BBC’s general election coverage since 1979, got the tattoo while making the maritime series Britain And The Sea

Veteran British broadcaster David Dimbleby has revealed that he has got his first tattoo — at the age of 75. The Question Time presenter told the Radi(...)

The Taoiseach on the phone at his party’s Ard Fheis. Photograph: Eric Luke

At least twice this week Government Ministers displayed their reliance on personal electronic devices even within the Dáil. Today FM political corresp(...)

Police officers tape off the Lincoln Memorial, closing it to visitors. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Is the US a functioning democracy? This week legislators decided to shut down a swath of the federal government rather then allow an enacted health la(...)

Black Ice
Black Ice

Alice (newcomer Jane McGrath) comes from a nice, bourgeois Border home, complete with soft furnishings and pop art representations of David Bowie. She(...)

Sir Winston Churchill, who may feature on a new British fiver.

The phrase “flash the plastic” will take on a new meaning if the Bank of England gets its way and switches Britain’s banknotes from their traditional (...)

China is a booming market for luxury items, even as the economy slows, and high-end brands seem ready to cater for every waking hour of the super rich(...)

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