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Street soccer in Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica. Photograph: Phil Clarke Hill/Getty Images

“Can I go again?” I asked the chap holding the rope over the waterfall. His face cracked into an infectious smile. “Yeah, mon. If it’s nice, do it tw(...)

Yes, children, they used to put poetry on cigarette packets. But only in small, safe amounts, of course, because packets were small.

I’d be lying if I claimed ever to have read much of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, whose birthday is celebrated around the world on this date(...)

Tourists are drawn to the luxury resorts of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The military in Jamaica is carrying out a crackdown on violent crime, prompting concern for the safety of tourists. The UK Foreign Office (FCO) warne(...)

The “Ilen” workers: (front row) Br Anthony Keane, John Hegarty, Mary Rose Hegarty; (back row) Gary Mac Mahon, Gene O’Neill, Donal O’Sullivan, Paddy Hegarty, Fachtna O’Sullivan, Ted O’Donovan, Mike Harris, Liam Hegarty, Colm O’Cuilleanain, Mary Jordan. Photograph:  Gary Mac Mahon

When Ireland’ s first round-world yachtsman Conor O’Brien designed and built a 56ft ketch more than 90 years ago, he was not to know that it would bec(...)

Germany: A menu of bad options

Angela Merkel had a bad election, and her party’s efforts to form a coalition have not gone much better. The result of September’s poll left Merkel we(...)

Britain’s Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and her husband Philip Duke of Edinburgh on honeymoon on November 25th, 1947, in Hampshire. Photograph:  STRSTR/AFP/Getty

At St James’s Palace on Thursday afternoon, a small group of tourists peered earnestly through the railings at the guardsmen on sentry duty, snug and (...)

The Republic of Ireland’s Cyrus Christie shows his dejection following the World Cup defeat to Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Modern football tends to draw permanent conclusions from temporary situations, which leads to extremist reactions. But, it is the sport we know and lo(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the presidential residence Bellevue Castle in Berlin yesterday where she met German President German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier after coalition talks failed overnight.  Photograph: AFP PHOTO / John MacDougall

Germany is facing an unprecedented political crisis – and Europe a lengthy period of uncertainty – after coalition talks collapsed late on Sunday in B(...)

Angela Merkel, standing with leading members of her party, speaks to the media after preliminary coalition talks collapsed on Sunday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an uncertain political future after talks to form a coalition government – and secure her a fourth term – co(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the federal state residence of Baden-Wuerttemberg in Berlin. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged party leaders negotiating a tricky three-way coalition government to show more willingness to compromi(...)

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