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Nelson Rolihlala Mandela was arguably the most respected statesman the world has seen since the end of the second World War. His dignity, his determin(...)

An Taisce policy director James Nix said the challenge was not about interfering with the right of the UK authorities to make their own decisions, nor about being pro or anti-nuclear. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

A decision to give permission for a new nuclear power station on the English coast facing Ireland should be quashed, the High Court in London has hear(...)

Emergency rescue service workers evacuate residents from flood waters in an inflatable boat in flood in Rhyl, north Wales. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters.

Hurricane-force winds cut transport and power in northern Britain and and blasted towards mainland Europe, as meteorologists warned Storm Xaver could (...)

British chancellor  George Osborne set to announce change in fiscal policy: Photograph: Andrew Cowie/PA Wire

British chancellor George Osborne has declared that “Britain’s economic plan is working” as he revealed an Autumn Statement containing bold steps to “(...)

People in the Republic diagnosed with some common cancers have a shorter survival time compared with the European average, research published this mor(...)

A handout picture provided by the German Meteorological Service (DWD)  shows a map depicting the cloud and wind velocity forecast for today.  Photograph:  EPA/DWD Handout

ESB crews have restored power to thousands of homes after a powerful storm hit the country. Wind speeds of 130km/h were recorded at Malin Head at 10a(...)

Simon Fagan, chief commericial officer Aer Arran; Sheila Gilmore and Fiona Cummins, both Aer Lingus Regional; at Shannon Airport as an independent entity as Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, announced 100,000 seats and 20 jobs. Photograph: Brian Arthur/ Press 22

Aer Lingus Regional plans to add 100,000 extra seats from Shannon Airport next year through adding a new route and expanding a number of existng servi(...)

Chinese vice-president Li Yuanchao and US vice-president Joe Biden listen to their national anthems during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Reuters

Relations with China need to be based on trust, US vice-president Joe Biden said as he emerged from a meeting with president Xi Jinping, with neither (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a news conference in Rome this week. He is to meet US secretary of state John Kerry and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry arrived in Israel last night, reportedly bringing with him bridging proposals for security arrangements in the Wes(...)

Passers-by walk past a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo December. Most Asian shares slumped today as the prospects of a reduction in the US Federal Reserve’s stimulus early next year prompted investors to cash in gains from recent rallies. Photograph:Toru Hanai/Reuters

World shares fell for a third day today and gold was at a five-month low, with focus back on the risks of the US Federal Reserve starting to trim its (...)

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