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Actress Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to president John F Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, for his  45th birthday in 1962. Photograph: Bettmann/Getty

The dress Marilyn Monroe wore in May 1962 when she sang a breathy Happy Birthday to president John F Kennedy at a Democratic fundraiser in New York i(...)

Caterpillar has said it is exploring the potential closure of its  Monkstown plant in Newtownabbey. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Restructuring plans by US group Caterpillar could result in the closure of at least one of its three plants in Northern Ireland and the potential los(...)

‘We will not build a wall,’ said Hillary Clinton. ‘Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good paying job can get one.’ Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP

Hillary Clinton warned that the United States was at a “moment of reckoning” as she made history becoming the first female to accept the presidential (...)

 US Congressman Joe Kennedy on a visit to Northern Ireland in April 1988. Photograph: Pacemaker

The controversial visit of United States congressman Joe Kennedy to Northern Ireland in 1988 is detailed in previously confidential files released tod(...)

Clean Break: Aidan McArdle, Kelly Thornton and Adam Fergus

It’s not quite as rare as that orange moon, but a new Irish-made drama on RTÉ is a long-awaited sight. In Clean Break (RTÉ One, Sunday), a new crime s(...)

 ‘Influenced by Zen and eastern spirituality, Thomas Merton defined contemplation as seeking God, coming to know one’s true self, and learning one’s relationship to the world. He regarded contemplation as the highest form of awareness.’  Photograph:  Archive Photos/Getty Images

The Seven Storey Mountain, which recounts Thomas Merton’s spiritual odyssey from disbelief to faith, opens: “On the last day of January 1915, in a yea(...)

US attorney general Eric Holder speaking during the Human Rights Campaign’s 13th annual Greater New York Gala in the Manhattan borough of New York  last night. Photograph: Getty

US attorney general Eric Holder has announced widespread changes within the US justice department to benefit same-sex married couples, such as reco(...)

Always popular in central Europe, the enthusiasm for skiing among foreign tourists, including people from Britain and Ireland, has contributed to busier slopes

Hours after Michael Schumacher left his chalet last Sunday in the French ski resort of Méribel, the retired Formula One champion was once again front (...)

A 40-year-old man who swallowed more than 1kg of cannabis resin in a bid to smuggle it into Ireland has been jailed for a year by a judge who said there must be a deterrent for people trying to smuggle drugs into Ireland. Photograph: Collins.

A 40-year-old man who swallowed more than 1kg of cannabis resin in a bid to smuggle it into Ireland has been jailed for a year by a judge who said the(...)

From left:  First Minister Peter Robinson,  Steve Larson and Jim Umpleby of Caterpillar,  and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness during a visit to Chicago yesterday

Caterpillar, the US engineering group, is to invest £7 million and create 100 jobs in a new manufacturing project at its Northern Ireland operation.Ju(...)

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