Mazda’s orange-and-green rotary-engined 787B. “These cars were 800bhp, 230mph projectiles, they were fantastic to drive and unbelievable to see, hurtling down the Mulsanne at 230mph.”

Felix Wankel was not a nice man. Oh, I’m sure he was nice to his wife and kids, and probably loved dogs or budgies or hamsters or some such. Maybe he (...)

Nagasaki: part of the ruined city after the dropping of the atomic bomb, in 1945. Photograph: Hulton/Getty

Overshadowed by the ongoing game of nuclear bluff and brinkmanship in east Asia, the United Nations is discussing a worldwide ban on nuclear weapons. (...)

An abandoned classroom in Chernobyl is slowly succumbing to the advances of the natural world. Photograph: Stephen Starr

In just a few hours a red fox, wild boar, flocks of sparrows, ravens and jays, as well as a grebe diving for fish, are all to be seen in one of the mo(...)

 North Korean   leader Kim Jong-un at a missile test centre in North Korea. Analysts say the pair of engines he is standing in front of could power an intercontinental ballistic missile. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/The New York Times

Three years ago, former US president Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missi(...)

Minster for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, and Japanese Foreign Minister Mr Fumio Kishida, crack open a barrel of Japanese Sake in a ceremony at Iveagh House , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

This year, Japan and Ireland mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations on 5th March 1957. At the start of this commemorab(...)

 Barack Obama and  Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference following their visit to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. Photograph: Bruce Omori/EPA

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe made a symbolic visit to Pearl Harbor with president Barack Obama on Tuesday, commemorating the victims of Japan’s(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s highly symbolic visit to Pearl Harbor on Tuesday was touted as an emblem of the closeness between Japan and the U(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe sets off for Hawaii where he will visit Pearl Harbor with US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

With $12.50 – half a month’s salary – in his pocket, Harold Mainer was about to go ashore to celebrate his friend’s birthday. Then, just before 8am, c(...)

Battleship USS Arizona burns during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. “This will be a visit to console the souls of the victims,” said Shinzo Abe. Photograph: Navy/US Naval History and Heritage Command/Handout via Reuters

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor this month with US president Barack Obama, becoming his country’s first leader to travel to(...)

Caught in a torrential downpour on Parkgate Street in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

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