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Guitarist Rory Gallagher (1948-1995) performing in 1972 at the Rainbow Theatre, London, on his trademark well worn sunburst Fender Stratocaster. Photograph: Debi Doss/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Cork music shop that sold Rory Gallagher his first guitar has closed after 87 years in business, with the closure being blamed on the increasing (...)

Typhoon Utor, described as the strongest typhoon globally so far this year, slammed ashore in mountainous eastern Aurora province in the Philippines (A on map) with sustained winds of 160 km/h. Image: Google Maps.

A powerful typhoon battered the Philippines today, toppling power lines and dumping heavy rains across mountains and cities, and leaving at least 23 f(...)

Kem Sokha, vice president of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), gestures during a news conference at the CNRP headquarter in Phnom Penh today. Photograph: Samrang Pring/Reuters.

The deadlock over Cambodia’s disputed election hardened today as the opposition rejected official results confirming a victory for prime minister Hun(...)

The Government has placed a huge emphasis on building links between companies and academic researchers. All of the new research centres being announced this year by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation must have a major participation by companies who act as research partners. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish academics attracted the smallest amounts of money from companies for carrying out research in a league of 30 countries, according to a study pub(...)

Lowitt takes a sceptical view of green and sustainable efforts of business. For many companies, he says, Earth Day, is simply seen as an opportunity t(...)

Female giant panda Tian Tian in her enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo on her ninth birthday. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The first giant panda cub to be born in the UK may arrive within weeks.The female giant panda at Edinburgh Zoo may be pregnant, according to keepers.(...)

China’s industrial output rose more than estimated in July, adding to signs the economy is stabilising following on from yesterday’s unexpectedly stro(...)

Supermarket giant Tesco is in talks with China’s largest retailer to merge their operations in the country in a move marking a major shift in strategy(...)

A general view of the financial district of Pudong with the Shanghai Tower, which is undergoing construction scheduled to finish by the end of 2014 . The 632m (2,073 ft) Shanghai Tower will be the tallest skyscraper in China and the second tallest in the world. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese trade data in July surprised on the upside yesterday, registering surprisingly firm rebounds in both exports and imports, and sparking hope th(...)

Tom MacGuinness, owner of Horseware at his premises in Dundalk. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Over 20 years ago, Tom MacGuinness was walking towards the Horse Show House in Ballsbridge one day with his wife, Carol. MacGuinness, the founder of t(...)

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