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Noam Chomsky. “The oil dictatorships, the countries that the West really cares about for obvious reasons, their uprisings have been suppressed very harshly and very successfully, with western support.” Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty

For a man of 84 who has described himself with approval as “a boring speaker”, Noam Chomsky meets a daunting schedule of public appearances, sp(...)

Pope Francis delivers his first 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica during Easter Mass in Vatican City, Vatican. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Pope Francis used his first Easter Sunday address to call for peace in the world and appealed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the Ko(...)

Property developer Sean Dunne estimates his liabilities at between $500 million (€390 million) and $1 billion (€780 million) and his assets at $1 million and $10 million in the court bankruptcy filing.

Property developer Sean Dunne has listed several of the country's main banks as creditors in a bankruptcy filing made in the state of Connectic(...)

Michael McDonough (79), Barbara 

McDonough-Flynn (76) and Margaret 

McDonough-Nee (75) in 
Milton, near 
Boston.
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 The three siblings were painted in 1946, when they were children, by artist Derek Clarke for ‘Connemara’, 
left, 
which sold at auction for ¤38,000.

Rarely has a painting attracted such interest or generated more emotion than Connemara Family (...)

The snow that has blanketed Ireland and Britain for the past week gives the landscape an appearance that is more appropriate for scenes on Chri(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (above) and Archbishop Michael Jackson will lead the ecumenical walk through Dublin tomorrow evening, beginning with a prayer service in Christ Church Cathedral at 7pm, after which the archbishops will jointly carry the cross to the Pro-Cathedral on Marlborough Street. Photograph: John McElroy

The Catholic and Church of Ireland Archbishops of Dublin will lead an ecumenical walk through the streets of Dublin tomorrow, Good Friday, even(...)

Pope Francis kisses 8-month-old Victoria Maria Marino from Sicily after delivering his blessing to the palms and to the faithful in St Peter's Square during Palm Sunday Mass last Sunday. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Those who have difficulty with miracles may be feeling challenged after the past six weeks. It now seems it is the probable that takes a little(...)

Pope Francis touches a child as he greets the faithful after conducting Palm Sunday Mass today  in the Vatican. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Square today, encouraging people to be humble and young at heart, as tens of (...)

The new pontiff made his appeal in an address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican. Photgraph: L'Osservatore Romano/Getty Images

Pope Francis urged the West today to intensify dialogue with Islam and appealed to the world to do more to combat poverty. The new pontif(...)

Pope Francis takes part in his inaugural mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Rome’s St Peter’s Square for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis this morning which he concelebrated(...)

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