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The German hairdressers’ association has criticised professional soccer players sporting immaculate hair amid a lockdown that has seen hair salons shut. File photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

As Germans once again grow lockdown moptops, their unemployed hairdressers have criticised professional soccer players sporting immaculate hair. A mo(...)

The high-security 1,000-capacity courtroom built by Italian authorities in the Calabrian city of Lamezia Terme. Photograph:  Gianluca Chininea/AFP via Getty Images

Italy’s largest mafia trial in three decades begins on Wednesday, with 900 witnesses testifying against more than 350 people, including politicians an(...)

A clip from Russian opposition activist  Alexei Navalny’s Instagram message on Wednesday. Photograph:  Navalny Instagram account via AP

Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition activist, has said he plans to return to his home country this weekend, having recovered from an as(...)

The Prussian army’s regiment of giants – there really was such a thing – passed  into Irish folklore

In his role as unreliable narrator of WM Thackeray’s classic novel, Barry Lyndon frequently stretches the reader’s credulity. His tales are nowhere ta(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a video conference at the One Planet Summit on Monday. Photograph: EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel has told politicians in her conservative party that she expects a lockdown in Germany to curb the spread of the corona(...)

The first step to take towards third level is  to register your intention to seek a CAO college place immediately. Photograph: Getty Images

1: Register with CAO. ie January 2021 – If you are interested in getting a place at an Irish university, institute of technology (IT), teacher-train(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: German law on online hate speech  puts the country at the forefront of global efforts to police the internet. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/ EPA

Angela Merkel, German chancellor, has sharply criticised Twitter’s decision to ban US president Donald Trump, calling it a “problematic” breach of the(...)

 A medical worker receives the coronavirus vaccine at a hospital in Piacenza, Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Grassani/The New York Times

US president-elect Joe Biden will rapidly release most available coronavirus vaccine doses to protect more people, his office has said, in a reversal (...)

You don’t need anyone’s approval to enjoy a vaccination biscuit. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP

Image of the week: Covid confectionery Banish all thoughts of new year’s resolutions this January and get stuck into a month of lockdown excess, with(...)

Marks & Spencer in Grafton Street, Dublin. Photogtaph:  Tom Honan

Marks & Spencer may buy more Irish goods as the department store chain seeks ways to avoid post-Brexit tariff confusion. Industry body the Britis(...)

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