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European stocks slid on earnings, while US futures were steady before jobs data and word on the latest American stimulus package. Mining giant Glenc(...)

An undated photograph of the vessel Rhosus, which brought the ammonium nitrate to Beirut. The ship is believed to have sunk in the harbour in 2015 or 2016. Photograph: EPA/Tony Vrailas/Marinetraffic.com

The countdown to catastrophe in Beirut started six years ago when a troubled, Russian-leased cargo ship made an unscheduled stop at the city’s port. T(...)

French civil security personnel    heading for Beirut as France sends search and rescue teams on three military planes a day after a powerful explosion tore through Lebanon’s capital. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty

The vast explosion that devastated the city of Beirut was felt as far away as Cyprus. But the psychological impact of the blast will be felt even furt(...)

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Guinness-maker Diageo reported a bigger-than-expected decline in underlying net sales on Tuesday as demand for its whiskeys, vodka and gin fell in all(...)

Director Alan Parker is pictured in Moscow in 2004. File photograph: AP Photo/Misha Japaridze

Sir Alan Parker, who has died at the age of 76, was one among a wave of British directors – Ridley Scott and Adrian Lyne were others – who emerged fro(...)

 Lisa Smith arrives  at the Criminal Courts of Justice  on Parkgate Street in Dublin on Friday for a District Court appearance. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former Irish Defence Forces member Lisa Smith has been sent forward for trial to the Special Criminal Court accused of membership of the Islamic State(...)

Exposing their ripped torsos in the same summer, first Leo Varadkar and now Richard Bruton (above) have set the tone for men’s autumn fashion. Blue shirts are out, is the message: blue and shirtless is in. Even if you don’t have the politics to match the torso, Irish weather will usually take care of the blue bit.

I see that decades after the shillelagh was decommissioned on this island, it is making a big comeback in England, albeit not under the same name. Th(...)

Thousands of people pray inside the Hagia Sophia in Turkey on Friday. Photograph: Burak Kara/Getty Images

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined thousands of worshippers at the Hagia Sophia on Friday for the first prayers there since he declared t(...)

Lisa Smith at the Criminal Courts of Justice  in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Collins Courts

A charge of financing terrorism has been brought against Isis suspect Lisa Smith. The 38-year-old former Irish Defence Forces member from Co Louth al(...)

An elderly Palestinian man during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron. Photograph: Abed al Hashlamoun/EPA

For Jordan the fate of East Jerusalem and the West Bank is an existential issue. Jordan’s Arab Legion fought bitter battles with Israel’s forces to pr(...)

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