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Ramona Boban-Vlahovic in Dublin city centre: “It’s hard for me to understand if people are being friendly here or just putting it on. Like ‘sorry’, that’s one of the hardest words to understand.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Ramona Boban-Vlahovic’s kitchen back home in Croatia is stocked with home-made goods made by friends and family. “In my parents’ house they have (...)

Where am I?:  Guns N’ Rose lead singer Axl Rose. Photograph: Dan Peled/EPA

American rock group Guns N’ Roses have apologised to their Australian fans after shouting “Hello, Sydney! ” when they stepped on stage in Melbourne. (...)

Arcade Fire: two June dates in Ireland

Arcade Fire have confirmed they will play Malahide Castle on June 14th. As revealed by The Irish Times last week, the Canadian band will play the Dubl(...)

Colleagues say Barnier is far from the arch-federalist bureaucrat that enemies portray. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

In 2010 the Daily Telegraph ran a story about France’s European Union commissioner at the time. It didn’t pull any punches, its headline asking, “Mich(...)

Christmas markets are a captivating way to get into the festive spirit

What was once was a European phenomenon has now become an annual tradition the world over. A trip to a Christmas market, here or abroad, is one of th(...)

Aisling Daly, right, in action against Ericka Almeida during UFC Fight Night at the 3 Arena in Dublin last year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Almost a year has passed since Aisling Daly’s victory at UFC Dublin. She had designs on getting back in the octagon since then but the intervention of(...)

Balkan days: Hubert Butler, in a photograph from identity papers  in 1947, around the time he was in Zagreb attending war-crime trials. Photograph courtesy of Julia Crampton/Maidenhall Manuscripts

A new documentary on RTE One at 10.35pm on Tuesday, The Nuncio and the Writer, looks at how Hubert Butler clashed with the Papal Nuncio in 1952, for e(...)

Ana-Marija Hota: “In Croatia we like the Irish culture and people, the way they’re more laid-back, like we are.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ana-Marija Hota spent a large part of the early 1990s hiding in basements under the city of Zagreb. When the air-raid sirens rang out across the Croa(...)

A supporter of Vojislav Seselj holds a placard depicting Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic during an anti-government rally in Belgrade. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Belgian lawyer Serge Brammertz has dedicated almost 15 years of his life to putting war criminals from former Yugoslavia behind bars. On Thursday at (...)

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