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Workers walk at the construction site of the so-called Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Lubmin, northeastern Germany, in March 2019. German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week welcomed a compromise struck with the United States over the controversial Russian gas pipeline project, but said “differences” remained. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz / AFP via Getty Images

Generations of diplomats in central and eastern Europe, when seeing world powers retreat behind closed doors to discuss the future of their nations, h(...)

  Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald signing the Anglo-Irish Agreement, with  British prime minister Margaret Thatcher on November 15th, 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

British diplomat David Goodall, who died five years ago this weekend, was a key figure in the negotiations that led to the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement.(...)

SSPX Resistance founder Richard Williamson. File photograph: Jens Falk/Reuters

A file is to be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on a Cork activist accused of “inciting hatred” against a Christian fundamental(...)

A medical worker prepares syringes that contain the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19. File photograph: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

A further 1,345 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the State, according to the Department of Health. There were 105 people with the virus in ho(...)

Carissa Moore of Team United States during a practice session at Tsurigaskai Surfing Beach on Thursday, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

CARISSA MOORE Age: 28 Event: Surfing Country: United States Olympic Medals: 0 Surfing is among the four sports making their Olympic debuts in Tokyo –(...)

A  woman pushes her pram past a memorial to Stephen ‘Top Gun’ McKeag in west Belfast. One of his victims was 17-year-old Catholic Damien Walsh, who was shot dead in 1993. Photograph: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images

The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Marie Anderson, did not name the killer of 17-year-old Catholic teenager Damien Walsh in her long-awaited r(...)

Ireland’s Sanita  Puspure in action during her heat of the women’s single sculls at  Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

There was a ‘so what’ attitude from Sanita Puspure when she came off the saltwater lake at Tokyo’s Olympic track at Sea Forest Waterway on Friday. ‘So(...)

Bella Mackie’s first book, called Jog On: How Running Saved My Life, was a non-fiction best-seller. Photograph: David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

“Worst book title ever,” smiles Bella Mackie on a zoom call from the London home she shares with her husband, BBC Radio 1 breakfast presenter Greg Jam(...)

A city worker walks over a London Bridge on July 19th, England’s ‘Freedom Day’ from almost all Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

It was supposed to be freedom day, when England would plunge back into normal life after almost all legal coronavirus restrictions were lifted. But Mo(...)

Marine Memory vessels, Bouke de Vries, 2016. Eighteenth-century Chinese porcelain marine archaeology storage vessels. Photograph: Bouke de Vries

Imagine a beloved object: a cup, a plate or a bowl. Perhaps your favourite auntie owned it, or was it found in another country and shipped safely home(...)

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