Analysis: The British people have a new Prime Minister and Boris has much to play forThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Analysis: The British people have a new Prime Minister and Boris has much to play for

They did it. Despite knowing all that they know about him, they still voted for him.

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Populists on the right now run the show, but what exactly are they offering?

Populists on the right now run the show, but what exactly are they offering?

Boris Johnson has been elected the new leader of the Conservative Party after beating out rival and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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Twitter is right to have special rules for Donald Trump – it's recognising that not all tweets are equal

Twitter is right to have special rules for Donald Trump – it's recognising that not all tweets are equal

Recent tweets by Donald Trump, which have widely been condemned as racist, were not hidden, and Twitter declared they didn’t violate the company’s policies. ...

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Trump’s China policy goes beyond trade

Trump’s China policy goes beyond trade

The US’s attitude is too adversarial to be about an economic war. Tariffs may be just the first step towards undermining Beijing as a strategic and military ...

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Isolationist policies spell danger for developing countries

Isolationist policies spell danger for developing countries

Developing countries can no longer rely on foreign aid, but reform could boost tax revenue, write Tania Masi, Roberto Ricciuti, Antonio Savoia, and Kunal Sen

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The first few weeks of a Johnson administration will certainly be a bumpy ride

The first few weeks of a Johnson administration will certainly be a bumpy ride

If, as is expected, Boris Johnson becomes the new Prime Minister this week, he will find himself engaged in a political fire-fight almost before he has even got ...

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Boris Johnson lacks character, competence and credibility, say leadership experts

Boris Johnson lacks character, competence and credibility, say leadership experts

The race to become the UK’s next prime minister is challenging our usual assumptions about what is important when people choose a leader. The rule book has ...

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The turbulent career of he who would be king

The turbulent career of he who would be king

For a politician who once declared as a child that he would like to be ‘king of the world’,the leadership of his country may have to suffice, writes ...

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Varadkar already wooing possible future coalition partners

Varadkar already wooing possible future coalition partners

The Taoiseach has met separately with Green leader Eamon Ryan and Labour leader Brendan Howlin. Both know the risks for minority parties in government, writes Political ...

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Apollo 11 made us believe we could do anything – the truth is it could hasten our downfall

Apollo 11 made us believe we could do anything – the truth is it could hasten our downfall

The Apollo project gave us the astonishing spectacle of a blue marble rising over the sterile surface of the moon.

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The giant leap for mankind that was made 50 years ago

Despite talk of missions to Mars and a renewed interest in returning to the moon, nothing can match the awesome feat of that first lunar landing 50 years ago today, ...

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Election delays get Martin’s vote

Election delays get Martin’s vote

On your marks, get set, g-... Actually, would you mind holding on for a few months? One of you looks trapped by Brexit, and the other wants to tie his laces, again. ...

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Humans aren't designed to be happy – so stop trying

Humans aren't designed to be happy – so stop trying

A huge happiness and positive thinking industry, estimated to be worth US$11 billion a year, has helped to create the fantasy that happiness is a realistic goal, ...

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New wave of smart cities has arrived - and they're nothing like science fiction

New wave of smart cities has arrived - and they're nothing like science fiction

Smart cities are more likely to be defined by quieter upgrades to existing infrastructure and new partnerships that better represent residents.

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How the Taliban conduct ‘peace talks’ is just not cricket

How the Taliban conduct ‘peace talks’ is just not cricket

They have continued to bomb, kill, and maim, even as they have met with the Afghan government to discuss an end to violence, says Shashi Tharoor.

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Calm exteriors belie rising tensions in Asia

Calm exteriors belie rising tensions in Asia

A snapshot of Asia would show a region with stable societies and growing economies. But we may look back on this as the time the region fell apart, says Richard ...

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Boris Johnson’s transition team poses a threat to British soft power

Boris Johnson’s transition team poses a threat to British soft power

Since the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) was created 22 years ago, it has lifted millions out of poverty, sent millions of ...

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Brazil's president wants to deforest the Amazon – what powers does the UN have to stop him?

Brazil's president wants to deforest the Amazon – what powers does the UN have to stop him?

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil is at its highest rate in a decade, according to new satellite data.

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Food insecurity shows the fork is mightier than the wall

Food insecurity shows the fork is mightier than the wall

Migration cannot be addressed through stricter immigration laws. Policymakers must tackle underlying causes — beginning with a broken global food system, writes ...

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The flowering of EU democracy? Hardly

The flowering of EU democracy? Hardly

The election of Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president is a compromise that may yet herald an institutional power struggle, say Lionel Laurent and ...

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Plans for new look HSE sound old

The transparency and accountability the new structure promised back in 2005 never materialised. Now the HSE is being reinvented again, writes Catherine Shanahan

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Forest elephants are our allies in the fight against climate change, finds research

Forest elephants are our allies in the fight against climate change, finds research

A new study shows these elephants boost the carbon stored in their forests by 7%, writes Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz

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Brexiteers cite Canada as blueprint for breakthrough

Brexiteers cite Canada as blueprint for breakthrough

Ceta contains many benefits for the EU and Canada, but balanceof positives and negatives would be very different for UK, writes Andrew Hammond.

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Climate Action Plan is admirable first step

Climate Action Plan is admirable first step

A Climate Action Delivery Board is the key part of the new plan, which has grand designs for the future. Whether they are attainable is another matter, writes Brian ...

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Trump’s hypocrisy and racism vie for supremacy

Trump’s hypocrisy and racism vie for supremacy

Timothy L O’Brien says describing Donald Trump’s racist baiting of four new Democratic congresswomen of different ethnic backgrounds as ‘strategic’ ...

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We can’t reduce extreme poverty until we tackle inequality

We can’t reduce extreme poverty until we tackle inequality

The gains of the past have reduced in recent years because more countries are more unequal than before, say Mahmoud Mohieldin and Carolina Sánchez-Páramo ...

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Crackdown on undocumented/illegal migrants in the US could see Irish caught in crossfire

The current Trump administration is the most hostile to immigrants in recent US history, writes Dr Piaras Mac Éinrí.

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Boris Johnson's leadership is a real threat in the fight to end world poverty - Gordon Brown

Boris Johnson's leadership is a real threat in the fight to end world poverty - Gordon Brown

Britain under Boris Johnson will lack the status to lead in important global multilateral development efforts, argues former British Prime Minister and Chancellor ...

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Violence against children is a scourge that we must all fight

There will be one billion victims this year and their trauma will linger for life. World leaders must do more to help them, say Zoleka Mandela, Etienne Krug and ...

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Democrats trumping each other proves little

Democrats trumping each other proves little

The 25 candidates for the party’s presidential nomination have been scoring points off one another, but beating Donald Trump will be a tougher task, says Elizabeth ...

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The reanimators: Giving dead pig brains new life

The reanimators: Giving dead pig brains new life

In a US lab, scientists are giving dead pig brains new life — a discovery that in time may challenge our understanding of what it means to die, writes Matthew ...

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Deutsche Bank job cuts are tip of the iceberg for finance industry

Deutsche Bank job cuts are tip of the iceberg for finance industry

A number of banks are doomed to fail if they don't adapt to the new realities of the finance industry.

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Six-packs and bulging biceps – how appearance pressures take their toll on men's mental healthThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Six-packs and bulging biceps – how appearance pressures take their toll on men's mental health

Over recent years, “body dissatisfaction” – or shame about one’s appearance – has been on the rise in men, writes Glen Jankowski.

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Unsung hero helped paramilitaries go from bullet to ballot box

Unsung hero helped paramilitaries go from bullet to ballot box

Noel Whelan was much, much more than a lawyer and columnist.He was a powerful force for good on many fronts. And a vital part of the peace process in the North, ...

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Is report on the prison service ‘locked away’?

Is report on the prison service ‘locked away’?

The investigation into allegations of illegal surveillance in prisons concluded in March, but the findings have yet to be published, says Special Correspondent Michael ...

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Grave injustice as adopted people must continue fight for their rights

Grave injustice as adopted people must continue fight for their rights

For those of us who have been involved in adoption activism over the past two decades, it often feels as though the Government is engaged in a war of attrition against ...

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Noel Whelan was a force for good and a vital part of the peace process

Noel Whelan was a force for good and a vital part of the peace process

Where it suited the cause and where it suited himself, Noel Whelan would make public his involvement in it. Why not?

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Johnson about to get a taste of cold, hard economic reality

Johnson about to get a taste of cold, hard economic reality

No amount of self-proclaimed ‘optimism’ can hide the truth about Britain’s economy.A no-deal Brexit would only make things much, much worse, writes ...

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How will trade work between North and South post-Brexit?

And so the softening up process has begun - there will be checks on goods crossing the border, the only matter to clarify is where exactly, writes Juno McEnroe

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How moon landing conspiracy theories began and why they persist today

Bill Kaysing was a former US Navy officer who worked as a technical writer for one of the rocket manufacturers for NASA’s Apollo moon missions, writes Peter ...

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Stop treating abuse victims with contempt

Stop treating abuse victims with contempt

Everyone who suffered abuse in a defective school system should now be paid the compensation they are entitled to under human rights law, writes Conor O’Mahony. ...

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Burning out or fading away might not be a matter of choice

Burning out or fading away might not be a matter of choice

Pace and shape of life may be two of the key indicators to how different species get by in the world according to a new study, writes Dan Buckley.

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Climate Change: Urban greening can save species, cool warming cities, and make us happy

Climate Change: Urban greening can save species, cool warming cities, and make us happy

The current climate and ecological crisis demands a radical redesign of how we live and organise our societies, yet these urgent changes, though complex, are far ...

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Johnson’s first 100 days could be a‘nail-biter’

Johnson’s first 100 days could be a‘nail-biter’

With polls indicating Boris Johnson could win the Tory leadership battle by a landslide, the irony is that his hold on power may be extremely fragile, says Andrew ...

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People need to know now whether project is going ahead

People need to know now whether project is going ahead

The Dunkettle interchange projectis vital to traffic flowboth to and from Cork and delays are worrying, says Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

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Long wait goes on for key roads project

Long wait goes on for key roads project

A significant upgrade of the Dunkettle Interchange was first announced in 2011. Cost overruns to the €100m project, revealed by this paper last week, could ...

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Women's soccer may be growing in popularity but the game is still fighting for stable footing

Women's soccer may be growing in popularity but the game is still fighting for stable footing

As the World Cup has vividly show, women's football is growing in popularity and status with increasing participation, professionalism and media attention across ...

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Ireland serves up sustainability and high safety standards to satisfy Japan’s appetite

Ireland serves up sustainability and high safety standards to satisfy Japan’s appetite

Robert McNamara joins the Irish agri-food trade mission to Japan and finds Irish beef is cooking up a storm in Tokyo, where discerning customers are insisting on ...

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A new way of nurturing nefarious activities

Only a fool would trust Facebook with his or her financial wellbeing. Maybe that’s the point. Facebook knows how many fools are born every minute, writes Joseph ...

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A Pope too many: Does Pope Francis have a mutiny on his hands?

After his resignation in 2013, Pope Benedict chose to live in the Vatican in silence. But his presence, his influence, and a growing campaign is causing problems ...

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