Cuba’s 86.85% yes vote for its new constitution falls a little short of those 99.99% election endorsements rigged up by Fidel Castro and his friends in the old Soviet Union. In this week’s referendum, there were at least some voters — 700,000 of them — who felt sufficiently free to mark the no box or spoil their ballot papers. That’s quite an achievement for a plebiscite in which only the government was permitted to campaign.
Wed, 27 Feb, 2019
You might have thought that during his recent visit to the UK, US president Barack Obama was solely concerned with convincing British voters that their country would be far better off remaining in the European Union. However, other issues made it on to the agenda in the discussions between the US president and his UK counterpart, David Cameron.
Mon, 02 May, 2016
Tue, 29 Mar, 2016
Fidel Castro responded to President Barack Obama's historic trip to Cuba with a long, bristling letter recounting the history of US aggression against Cuba, writing that "we don't need the empire to give us any presents".
Mon, 28 Mar, 2016
Tue, 22 Mar, 2016
Stepping into history, President Barack Obama opened an extraordinary visit to Cuba on Sunday, eager to push decades of acrimony deeper into the past and forge irreversible ties with America's former adversary.
Sun, 20 Mar, 2016
A Yemeni prisoner at the US base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba appears to have been the victim of mistaken identity, suspected of being a significant member of al Qaeda and not just a low-level Islamic fighter, officials said in documents.
Thu, 03 Dec, 2015
The search for missing student Barry Davis Ryan will continue this morning; Irish Water contractors are not installing meters in the homes of protestors after striking secret deals; The tide is turning at Cork Airport after CityJet announced a high-frequency service to London City Airport.
Thu, 02 Jul, 2015
Just 10% of the population owns more than half of the country’s net household wealth; Gardaí working on information received after abandoned-baby appeal; and there is a website that tells you how popular or common your surname is.
Tue, 12 May, 2015