Irish fare: it could take decades for a country only now being recognised for the quality of its ingredients  to get a piece of the pie, especially when so many other nations – China, Italy, France and Thailand – have been well-established for so long.

Thai restaurants can be found all over the United States. Thai people? Not so much. According to figures obtained from the Royal Thai embassy in Washi(...)

The pill: there is no clinical reason why women should still require a prescription for oral or transdermal contraceptives.

A little over two months ago the Irish people voted overwhelmingly to allow the Oireachtas to legislate for termination of pregnancy. This was a signi(...)

Kiosks in Santiago’s city center feature products with black nutritional warnings on the labels of items high in sugar, salt, calories or saturated fat. Photograph: Victor Ruiz Caballero for The New York Times

They killed Tony the Tiger. They did away with Cheetos’ Chester Cheetah. They banned Kinder Surprise, the chocolate eggs with a hidden toy. The Chi(...)

A warning about the level of infant mortality among illegitimate children in Northern Ireland was sounded in 1945. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A warning about the level of infant mortality among illegitimate children in Northern Ireland was sounded in 1945. The warning on the Church of (...)

Can a sex robot really be a substitute for the real thing?

We’ve seen robots drive cars, run jump and carry stuff and soon they’ll be able to sate your wildest sex fantasies. Technology has finally caught up, (...)

Photograph taken in Singapore last April shows a worker fumigating an area against mosquitoes. File photograph: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Singapore authorities have confirmed 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, which in Brazil has been linked to a rare birth defect, and said mor(...)

Dorcus Tuhirirwe, centre manager at one of Marie Stopes’s clinics in Kampala. Photograph: Louise McLoughlin

Sheba had an abortion after she became pregnant outside of marriage at 24. Following the procedure, the staff at a Marie Stopes clinic in Uganda advis(...)

Cambodian officials prepare to inspect the perimeter of a nurse house in Roka in Battambang province, Cambodia, 17 December 2014. Photograph: EPA/Stringer

Cambodian health authorities have found 212 villagers infected with HIV and say the outbreak is likely due to contaminated medical equipment. The 212 (...)

The graves of Ebola victims in  Sierra Leone. Photograph: Concern Worldwide

It may be a long way from the carefully tended plots of Glasnevin Cemetery to the chaos of burial in Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone, but Ireland’s expe(...)

Three-year-old Nino looks at a blackboard in a newly-opened Ebola isolation center set up in a school closed due to the epidemic  in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly under(...)

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