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François Hollande: asked his compatriots to unite in what he called “this only national cause: the struggle against unemployment”. Photograph: Reuters

Reacting to France’s highest unemployment figures to date, President François Hollande asked his compatriots to unite in what he called “this o(...)

Lapostolle Residence

Lapostolle Residence, Valle de Colchagua, Chile lapostolle.com Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, of the Grand Marnier family, st(...)

Italy’s Chamber of Deputies  at Palazzo Montecitorio  in Rome.  Today’s northern European countries are running up record current-account surpluses, just as some southern European countries are experiencing Weimar-level unemployment. For Italy, Europe’s fourth-largest economy, the slump is deeper than 80 years ago. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Charles P Kindleberger, the great economic historian, once noted that the Great Depression was so deep and so long because of “British inabilit(...)

 Pay Pal president David Marcus at the official opening of Ebay’s International Operations Centre in Dundalk yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

When we think of money, we tend to picture the tangible cash in our wallets rather than the intangible balance in our bank accounts. But it’s m(...)

Annalise Murphy: Two days of light winds in Hyeres exposed weaknesses in her sailing. Photograph: WIlliam West/AFP/GettyImages.

In spite of winning four straight silver fleet races, Annalise Murphy failed to qualify for the gold fleet at the ISAF World Cup in France this(...)

Marito ridden by Ruby Walsh was second to Rye Martini in The Stephens Green Hibernian Club Hurdle during Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle Day at the 2013 Festival at Punchestown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The phrase ‘just a scratch’ is usually a dismissive term in the tough world of jump racing but a scratch cost Solwhit his chance of festival g(...)

Buckingham Palace had called the photo spread of the Duchess of Cambridge a grotesque invasion of the royal couple’s privacy. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/PA Wire

The publisher of a French celebrity magazine was placed under formal investigation for breach of privacy over the publication of topless pictu(...)

Ballydoreen Upper, Ashford, Co Wicklow

ENGLAND Just north of the cathedral city of Salisbury is this bric(...)

One of the nicest things about Ranelagh, apart from the cafes, shops, restaurants and general village atmosphere, just minutes from the city ce(...)

An employee drops newly-minted 2 cent euro coins into a container  at the Bank of Greece’s Printing Works Department and Mint in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Prices in shops should be rounded up or down in an effort to do away one and two cent coins, a report recommends today. The National Pay(...)

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