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Roy Foster was sceptical of Patrick Joyce’s claim to have heard Irish spoken in Kilburn during his 1960s childhood

During a lengthy correspondence about Irish and fáinne-wearing in the Times Literary Supplement recently, English author Geoffrey Wheatcroft suggested(...)

Restrictions on non-US citizens were first imposed on air travelers from China in January 2020 by then-president Donald Trump and then extended to dozens of other countries. Photograph: iStock

The Biden administration will drop travel restrictions for vaccinated people from November 8th, reopening the US to foreign nationals travelling by ai(...)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has said the kingdom is “serious” about talks with Iran, signalling Riyadh’s desire to repair relations between two ri(...)

 Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones leads his team onto the field with mascot BIL ahead of the game against Japan at Murrayfield. Photograph: Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Feeling iffy about a women’s Lions Tour? Okay, okay. OKAY. But let’s give it a chance. The name alone, though. Already shades of a facsimile of t(...)

Irish Loop: Ferryland Head, a narrow spit of land that attracted many shipwrecks in the past. Photograph: Candace Kennedy/New York Times

Travel as far east as you can get in North America and you may not be able to stop comparing it to somewhere else. Over and over again, as we drove(...)

US Congressman Richard Neal: criticised the UK for attempting to ‘reinvent the circumstances around the negotiation’ of the Northern Ireland protocol and then calling for a renegotiation of the deal they signed up to. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A top US Democrat with powers to sign off on trade deals said the UK backtracking on the Northern Ireland Brexit deal “doesn’t send the right signal” (...)

People wait in line at the US-Canada border as Canada reopens for non-essential travel. Photograph: Jason Redmond /AFP via Getty

The United States will lift restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November, ending (...)

The cash will help cover the cost of the Government’s  Passport Reform Programme, which aims to meet expected increases in applications for documents not renewed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Efforts to tackle the passport backlog and open new diplomatic missions in Senegal, Canada and other countries top the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (...)

Prof David Card, one of three US-based academics who on Monday won the Nobel Prize in economics for research that ‘revolutionised’ empirical work. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Three US-based economists have won this year’s Nobel Prize for their work on real-world experiments that challenged received ideas, including by show(...)

David Lappartient, UCI president: ‘It is very important for the UCI to make a commitment to the members of the cycling family who are suffering due to the current situation in Afghanistan.’ Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

Cycling’s world governing body the UCI has announced it has assisted in the evacuation of 165 people from Afghanistan, including a number of female cy(...)

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