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The launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on January 6th, 2020. It carried the third batch of 60 Starlink mini-satellites into orbit, part of a plan to build a giant constellation of thousands of spacecraft that will form a global broadband internet system. Photograph: Getty Images

Two weeks ago Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a further 60 satellites for its Starlink programme to build a global broadband internet infrastructure. To d(...)

 Since 2010 a total of 707 children have been adopted.  File photograph: Getty Images

Almost 5,000 children from 34 countries have been adopted by parents resident in Ireland since 1991, figures published on Wednesday show. A report f(...)

US president Donald Trump: His very nationalism – his American amour propre – makes him amazingly easy to provoke into conflict.  Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Donald Trump is a deceptively conventional US president of the 21st century. Elected to unpick his nation’s entanglements in the Middle East, he has s(...)

The Luas passing over O'Connell Bridge in Dublin city. Photograph: iStock

It’s January – the month where people’s lives return to normal after festive celebrations, reunions and fun. The time of the year when people hug thei(...)

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An Irish-founded electric bicycle company is seeking a €400,000 investment in a bid to reach a sales goal of up to €14 million next year. Modmo, foun(...)

Shiori Ito at a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on Thursday. Photograph:  Franck Robichon/EPA

It was not hard to understand this week why Shiori Ito has become something of a feminist icon in Japan. Four years after unleashing claims of rape ag(...)

Silver Hill Farm chief executive Micheál Briody, left; Andrew Tjioe, founder Duckland; Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business; Ciaran Gallagher, Bord Bia manager for southeast Asia; and Irish Ambassador to Singapore Pat Bourne at the launch of    Duckland restaurant in Singapore earlier this year.

Duck producer Silver Hill Farm is finalising a €25 million investment programme as it looks to increase the volume of ducks it processes each week. (...)

An ambulance carrying the body of Nguyen Van Hung is surrounded by villagers in Dien Thinh commune, Dien Chau district in Nghe An province, Vietnam, on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

The bodies of 16 of the 39 Vietnamese who died when human traffickers carried them by lorry to the UK last month were repatriated to their homeland on(...)

JG Ballard: obsesses over the ways violent mass media spectacles – Vietnam, the assassination of JKF, the suicide of Marilyn Monroe – send shockwaves across the global unconscious. Photograph: Rolph Gobits

The JG Ballard book that should grace every home is not Crash, nor even The Atrocity Exhibition, but Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with JG Ballard 196(...)

Goderdzi Janelidze as Don Quichotte and Olafur Sigurdarson as Sancho in Don Quichotte by Massenet. Photograph: Clive Barda

Orpha Phelan’s Irish National Opera production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola left me with an odd question when I saw it last Saturday. What is a traditi(...)

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