The decision on Ban Ki-moon’s  successor is expected to be made by the end of September. Photograph: Getty Images

Of global figureheads, perhaps only the pope or the president of China is selected in as mysterious a manner as the secretary general of the United Na(...)

Listen carefully to Todd Solondz’s Weiner Dog and you will hear the director make a good joke about his own audience. A film student, outraged by a l(...)

Charlotte Mitchell (11) and Aoife Galvin (11) playing checkers at Rathdown Junior School, Glenageary . Photograph: Eric Luke

Two studious-looking third-class pupils are sitting in the reception area of Rathdown Junior School. Their heads are down over a hexagonal board an(...)

An artist’s reconstruction shows the Tully Monster, a type of jawless fish called a lamprey, as it would have looked 300 million years ago. Photograph: Reuters/Sean McMahon/Yale University

It looks like the most unearthly of aliens, or the figment of a bad dream — and has baffled scientists for nearly 60 years. The so-called “Tully Mons(...)

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Hubble Space telescope image shows the Galaxy GN-z11, shown in the inset, as it was 13.4 billion years in the past, just 400 million years after the big bang. Photograph: Reuters/NASA

A galaxy far, far away has shattered the cosmic distance record set by astronomers. Scientists pushed the Hubble Space Telescope to its limits to con(...)

A piece of a bomb landed in Dublin’s Kildare Street on Thursday, at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, just down from the Dáil. There were no(...)

Andrey Kostin (centre) , chief executive officer of VTB Bank PJSC, makes a telephone call between sessions during the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The world economy is precariously balanced between continued recovery and a third leg of the global financial crisis, according to leading economists (...)

In 1950, New Yorker television critic Philip Hamburger wrote about a new programme called Candid Camera, in which members of the public were gently p(...)

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