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Ulster fullback Jared Payne has been named in the Barbarians squad.  Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster fullback Jared Payne has signed a new three-year deal with Ulster, on the day he was named alongside Munster prop BJ Botha in the Barbar(...)

The Prince of Wales will represent the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka in November, Buckingham Palace confirmed today. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth will miss the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting for the first time since 1973, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. Th(...)

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar: “These figures suggest that the Gathering has got off to a strong start.”

The Gathering has significantly boosted tourism figures so far this year from North America and continental Europe, Fáilte Ireland stati(...)

The Government is trying to change the focus of the economy. Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton is hoping a model based on endeavo(...)

Bald headed: Devin Townsend (with guitar) is noted for his full-on commitment to his art on and off stage.

You’ve had 25 albums and counting. How do you keep up the pace? I’ve been doing it for so long now. I’ve had a month to reflect on it. Every s(...)

The scene at the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, earlier today, where rescue workers have almost no hope of finding any more survivors. Photograph: Sajid Hossain/Reuters

Two western retailers have promised to compensate families of garment workers killed while making clothes for the retailers in a Bangladesh f(...)

John Norris (C), the lawyer of suspect Raed Jaser, speaks to the media outside Old City Hall Court, following his client’s brief appearance in court in Toronto. Photograph: Reuters

Two men charged in Canada with plotting an attack on a passenger train appeared in separate courts yesterday while Iran reacted angrily to poli(...)

An amendment is also to be proposed by Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan (pictured) which drops references to such sanctions such as asset freezes and visa bans

A “spectacular attack” has been launched on Irish democracy by Russia over attempts to get a law dropped which would sanction officials respons(...)

Praveen and Savita Halappanavar

“It’s not the role of the State to pass judgment on who a person falls in love with, or who they they want to spend their life with.” Tanaiste (...)

A VIA train  at Union Station in Toronto. US officials said the attack would have targeted a rail line between New York and Toronto, but Canadian police did not confirm that. Photograph: Mark Blinch/Reuters

TORONTO – Canadian police said today they had arrested and charged two men with an “al-Qaeda-supported” plot to derail a passenger train. (...)

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