Nuclear weapons might save the world from an asteroid strike – but we need to change the law first

The schlocky 1998 Bruce Willis movie Armageddon was the highest grossing film of that year, writes James A Green.

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Revictimisation and our sad links with Mexico

In Ireland, as well as in Mexico in recent years, people were disappeared. The difference is that here, the disappeared were children, writes

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Algeria’s moment of truth as protestors yearn for change

Algeria’s economy is on its knees and the electorate is fed up of paying obeisance to an elderly demagogue, writes Zaki Laidi

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‘Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman to get us to this point?’

The spontaneous applause was echoing around the vaulted Cathedral and mourners were on their feet before the full sentence had even been uttered.

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Smart cities aim to make urban life more efficient – but for citizens' sake they need to slow down

All over the world, governments, institutions and businesses are combining technologies for gathering data, enhancing communications and sharing information, with ...

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May Lyra McKee's murder be the doorway to a new beginning: Read priest's funeral tribute in full

This is the full and unedited address by Father Martin Magill at the funeral of Lyra Catherine McKee in St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast this afternoon.

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Who are Sri Lanka’s Muslims?

Sri Lanka’s Muslim community is spread across the country, but they make up 9.7% of the island’s population.

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Rebuilding Notre Dame more than vanity project

Many believe money would be better spent elsewhere but even non-believers should be able to appreciate the value of a place of solace in a bewildering world, writes ...

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Ukraine has fended off Russia and the EU deserves credit

The Kremlin’s military aggression in 2014 finally failed because of Ukraine’s strengthened links with the West, says Carl Bildt

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Nancy Pelosi on Brexit: why Irish-US diplomacy is a powerful force in border talks

On her recent visit to Europe, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, addressed members of the Dail.

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Sri Lanka attacks: government's social media ban may hide the truth about what is happening

The ban is ostensibly to stop the spread of misinformation – and the move feeds into the wider debate about how Facebook and other platforms are used to incite ...

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Sri Lanka’s pain will spread as national identities are muddled

The entire South Asian subcontinent once ruled by the British is seeing religious and ethnic attitudes harden and divisions deepen, writes Mihir Sharma.

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Opposition bills are stuck in a legislative labyrinth

Opposition parties say the Government is using Brexit and financial cost fears to delay 146 badly-needed bills backed by the Dáil and Seanad from becoming ...

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Who are Sri Lanka's Christians?

At least 200 people have been killed in several coordinated bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter.

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Dáil rebel Mick Wallace wants to take fight to Europe

The colourful, unconventional Wexford TD, a former construction firm owner, tells Juno McEnroe he wants to become an MEP so that he can stand up for the less-well-off. ...

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No end in sight to resolving problems of the Middle East

As Israeli politics shift rightward, It is time for a paradigm shift in how we think about the Middle East, writes Richard N Haass.

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The quest to save the banana from extinction

Panama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

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We’re running out of time on climate melting pot

It's a bit like saving for your pension. You can see the merits of it, but not the urgency.

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Shocking murder of Lyra McKee a chilling tragedy

“A lot of people were standing... including children.” Eyewitness Emmet Doyle, recounting what happened in Derry on Thursday night, said he saw the young ...

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COMEBACK QUEEN: Nancy Pelosi's next battle may be toughest yet

If Nancy Pelosi had listened to her mother she might be a nun today — or more likely a Reverend Mother — but instead she set her sights firmly on politics ...

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Troubling questions raised by the dead from Mother and Baby Homes

With the publication this week of the fifth interim report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, the disturbing spectre of the dead who were ...

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Everybody knew about burials so why does silence persist?

Report took five years but runs to just 100 pages; Fails to look at causes or registration of deaths

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Michel Barnier: We can’t close our eyes. We need a Green Deal

With the world facing serious environmental threats, European leaders should make a green Europe their number-one priority for the coming years, writes Michel Barnier ...

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Yanis Varoufakis: If we want to empower women we must protect Julian Assange from the US

Let us join forces to block Assange’s extradition from any European country to the US, so that he can travel to Stockholm and give his accusers an opportunity ...

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Spain appears a long way from becoming the next Italy

While the emergence of the anti-immigrant Vox movement is alarming, the possible outcomes of the election look benign, says Ferdinando Giugliano

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Brexit party: Nigel Farage’s threat to disrupt EU business is a waste of his energy

The EU saw this coming and is ready for Farage's 'Trojan horse', writes Charlotte O'Brien.

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Life of Brian at 40: an assertion of individual freedom that still resonates

This year is the 40th anniversary of the release of Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The film met with instant controversy in 1979 and was banned in Ireland, ...

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Notre Dame inferno: The very heart of France has been set ablaze

Notre-Dame’s fragility reminds us of the EU’s. We must rebuild both, says Bernard-Henri Lévy

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Focus of Mother and Baby Homes investigation has moved onto headline-generating institutions

Four years after the establishment of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission, the focus of its investigation has clearly moved away from Tuam and onto other headline-generating ...

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Regulation of short-term letting sector belated but welcome

From July 1, potential rental homes will no longer be available short-term, except with planning permission and even then rarely, says Eoin Ó Broin

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Local authorities: busy enough in the battle for Ireland’s bees?

The annual Biodiversity and Councils’ All-Ireland Pollinator conference put the spotlight on local authorities’ vital role in protecting threatened pollinators, ...

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Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

Scrolling through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching a real-time archive of grief in the making, as people expressed their dismay ...

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Cleaning up politics in eastern Europe a goal for liberal leaders

Protests against mafia-controlled landfill sites have become platforms for liberal leaders such as Slovakia’s president-elect, Zuzana Caputova, writes Leonid ...

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A liberal democracy debates every issue, even immigration

Peadar Tóibín, founder of new political party Aontú, says his call for a debate on immigration was criticised unfairly and misrepresented

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Comment: Gardaí unhappy as spotlight turned on representative body

Civilianisation. Training. Repossessions. Staffing. Investment.These are the issues that should be dominating the agenda at the three-day annual conference of frontline ...

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Teens have less face time with their friends – and are lonelier than ever

Ask a teen today how she communicates with her friends, and she’ll probably hold up her smartphone.

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World is silent about China’s prison camps

President Xi’s repression of Muslim minorities is redolent of the Soviet Union’s gulag and will foster a new generation of Islamist domestic terrorists, ...

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760,000 people in Ireland are poor. That’s one in six of us

A fifth of children are at risk of poverty, either because their parents are on welfare, which is inadequate, or are working, but paid too little, writes Seán ...

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Why the secret to success is admitting your failures

Instead of politicians and institutions hiding and denying their mistakes, they should be honest and own up to their vulnerabilities. Then we would trust them.

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Climate change: Yes, your individual action does make a difference

Global problems need global solutions. But what you do personally can shift what's seen as 'normal', writes Steve Westlake

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Malpass must usher in an era of redistribution of wealth

Tackling inequality needs to be the cornerstone of the work to be done by the new president of the World Bank, writes Kevin Watkins.

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Oireachtas Committee appearance a victory, but questions that remain will prove own goal if not answered

The FAI may feel that Wednesday's Oireachtas Committee appearance was a victory, but the questions that remain will prove to be an own goal in time if they are not ...

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As Dessie O'Hare goes back to prison the Border Fox's 'psychotic message of hate and violence' is recalled

Journalist Diarmaid MacDermott covered the 1988 trial of Dessie O’Hare when he was jailed for 40years for the kidnap of dentist John O’Grady in 1987. ...

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Observing the invisible: the long journey to the first image of a black hole

The shadowy silhouette of the black hole in M87 is an astonishing scientific image, says Alister Graham.

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Why do we need to beg for funding, Mr Harris?

It can be hard to swallow when you have Parkinson’s disease, writes Paula Gilmore.

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The ECB does not need to be afraid of low inflation

A year ago, the European Central Bank took advantage of a temporary uptick in prices to declare victory in its fight to bring eurozone inflation up to its target ...

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Abortion services are safe and local, but it’s not a time for complacency

Safe abortion is here to stay - but there remains much work to do, writes Dr Mike Thompson.

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No blows landed as Delaney keeps schtum

They came to disrobe the emperor. They wanted to see the whites of his eyes, how he would manage under their steely gaze.

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Gaza City: Where unimaginable horror is the norm

MSF’s field communications manager in Jerusalem Jacob Burns reflects on what it means when a devastating toll of injuries in Gaza comes to be considered a ...

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New set of principles needed for a global Green New Deal

Uneven economic recovery is combining with deteriorating environmental conditions to threaten humanity itself, write Richard Kozul-Wright and Kevin P Gallagher

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