Catching up with increased demand: Construction work in Dublin's city centre,

Decade after bubble burst, Ireland still faces housing crisis

Ten years after Ireland's property bubble burst, the economy is recovering from the ravages of a deep recession but a housing crisis remains, due to a supply shortage and spiralling prices.


«Merkel understood nothing»: AfD's fury in east Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel hails from Germany's ex-communist East, yet it is here where the anger against her runs deepest and the far-right protest party AfD has celebrated its strongest gains.

Merkel back at the polls before tough coalition talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a regional vote test Sunday, after winning a fourth term with a disappointing showing that has forced her to embark on high-stakes coalition talks.

New powers

Italy regions vote on autonomy bid

Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto vote Sunday in autonomy referendums attracting additional interest against the backdrop of Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.


Xi's eyes and ears in Beijing: Red-armband army of «volunteers»

While Chinese President Xi Jinping and his cohorts chart the nation's future at their leadership conclave in Beijing, his citizen army of red-armbanded foot soldiers are keeping an eye out for trouble outside.


Journalist murder sparks push to heal politically-polarised Malta

Citizens mourning the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia are calling for Malta's deeply-ingrained tribal politics to be put aside so the shaken island nation can begin healing its wounds.

Cashing out

The end of Hong Kong's historic trading floor

In its heyday in the 1980s, more than a thousand brokers dressed in signature red blazers made deals on the trading floor of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in what was a raucous, competitive bear pit.


Taliban strikes on Afghan bases a «show of strength» against Trump

A spate of deadly Taliban attacks targeting Afghan forces this week was a show of strength against Donald Trump's new strategy, and signalled a push to strike security bases rather than cities, analysts said.

Afghan air force gets its own Black Hawk choppers

Parked at a military runway in Afghanistan near other aircraft used in the fight against the Taliban, the grey-green helicopter appears unremarkable at first blush.

Kremlin game

Russia to free opposition leader Navalny as Kremlin race heats up

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is set to walk free on Sunday after a 20-day jail term for organising protests against President Vladimir Putin.

Syrian crisis

In ravaged Raqa, clues to IS's bygone media empire

«Special operations by the Caliphate's soldiers!» boasts a torn, blood-stained pamphlet at a bombed-out media kiosk in Syria's Raqa, a symbol of the Islamic State group's once fearsome propaganda machine

US-backed Syria force says seizes Raqa Old City from IS

US-backed Syrian fighters ousted the Islamic State group from Raqa's Old City on Friday, bringing them closer than ever to the jihadist bastion's well-defended and densely populated heart.

Gulf crisis

Tillerson in new bid to ease Gulf crisis

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to launch a fresh bid Sunday to ease a crisis between Riyadh and Doha, both allies of Washington, but without high hopes of a breakthrough.

US orders closure of Russian consulate in San Francisco

The United States on Thursday ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco as well as two annexes in Washington and New York in two days, in a tit-for-tat response to Moscow's drastic reduction of US diplomatic staff in their country.

Deliberate concealment

More than 1.1 bn «invisible people» lack identification

More than 1.1 billion people worldwide officially don't exist -- going about their daily lives without proof of identity.


EU parliament's Brexit pointman pokes May to pay up

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday to confront the Brexiteers in her cabinet and offer greater concessions to the EU.

EU summit to throw Britain a Brexit bone

EU leaders are set to extend an olive branch to British Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit in Brussels this week in a bid to break a deadlock in Brexit negotiations.


Venezuelans use bitcoin «mining» to escape inflation

Inside a locked room in an office building in Caracas, 20 humming computers use their data-crunching power to mine bitcoins, an increasingly popular tool in the fight against Venezuela's hyperinflation.

Iraqi conflict

Clashes between Iraqi, Kurdish troops close to Kirkuk city

Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchanged artillery fire early Monday south of the city of Kirkuk, after central government forces began a «major operation» to take control of a Kurdish military base and oil fields.

Once promised paradise, IS fighters end up in mass graves

The Islamic State group once drew recruits from near and far with promises of paradise but now bodies of jihadists lie in mass graves or at the mercy of wild dogs as its «caliphate» collapses.


Abe on course for landslide win in Japan vote: poll

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on track for a landslide win in Japan's upcoming election, the latest survey suggested Monday, as a new party founded by Tokyo's popular governor loses momentum.

Anger, confusion as Japan revives militaristic edict

Japan's century-old imperial proclamation urging people to be willing to die for the emperor was consigned to history books until video surfaced showing children in an Osaka kindergarten enthusiastically reciting it.


London skyline is turned «Martian» red by Hurricane Ophelia

The storm caused the deaths of three people in Ireland where authorities continue to send wind warning warnings - up to 150km / h. At least 90, moreover, the deaths in Spain and Portugal caused by fires fueled by strong winds.

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Life & Style

Saudis attend a short film festival on a rare movie night in Riyadh

Saudis attend a short film festival on a rare movie night in Riyadh

Saudis crave revival of night out at the movies

The lights go out, the projector whirls and entertainment-starved Saudis sink into plush seats to soak up an experience they have been denied for decades —- a trip to the cinema.

Monks and nuns make big business in France

After prayers at the Chantelle Abbey in Allier, central France, a marketing meeting between the abbey's nuns and their employees discusses the latest orders for its on-site soap and cosmetics products, the delivery destination: Germany

After yoga, meditation breaks into the mainstream

It is 5 pm, otherwise known as rush hour in Manhattan. Julia Lyons, 31, finishes work and heads straight for her daily dose of peace and quiet -- half an hour at meditation studio «Mndfl.»


Israel Folau (C) scored his 12th international try of the season in the Wallabies' 23-18 win over the All Blacks in Brisbane, having started every Test match this year

Israel Folau (C) scored his 12th international try of the season in the Wallabies' 23-18 win over the All Blacks in Brisbane, having started every Test match this year

Folau to be rested and miss Wallabies tour - Cheika

Star fullback Israel Folau will miss Australia's end-of-season tour to Japan and Britain following a long, demanding season, coach Michael Cheika said Sunday

PGA Tour plans «not imminent» for more Asia events

Further new US PGA Tour events in Asia are a possibility, but commissioner Jay Monahan said Sunday that «to say something is imminent would be a miscalculation»

City have found killer instinct, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have found a more ruthless streak after they overcame stubborn Burnley 3-0 to earn a club record equalling 11th consecutive victory.


Solar Team Eindhoven's «Stella Vie» was hailed as the future of sun-powered motoring as the 3,000-kilometre World Solar Challenge wrapped up

Solar Team Eindhoven's «Stella Vie» was hailed as the future of sun-powered motoring as the 3,000-kilometre World Solar Challenge wrapped up

Futuristic solar-powered Dutch family car hailed «the future»

A futuristic Dutch family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid was hailed as «the future» Sunday as the World Solar Challenge wrapped up.

Smartphone app for migrants gets trial in Central America, Mexico

A smartphone app designed to help migrants safely move through countries is being tested in Central America and Mexico from this week, ahead of a wider roll-out elsewhere in the world, the UN Migration Agency said Friday.

Israeli firms seek hi-tech help -- in Gaza

When Dan Leubitz needed a contractor for a project with his Israeli tech firm, one address in the list of tenders caught his eye: Gaza.


Tracking where eggs come from

Tracking where eggs come from

Tainted eggs scandal reaches Italy

Two of 114 egg samples tested in Italy have shown traces of the insecticide fipronil, Italy's health ministry said Monday, making the country the latest to become embroiled in a Europe-wide scandal.

Opioid drug maker settles US lawsuit for $4.5 million

Opioid drug maker Insys agreed to pay $4.5 million Friday to end a lawsuit in which it was accused of deceptive marketing, one of the first settlements of civil suits that drug manufacturers face over a US overdose epidemic.

Death rates far higher for «alternative» cancer cures

People who choose alternative cures for common cancers are up to five times more likely to die compared to those opting for standard treatments, the lead scientist of a new study told AFP Friday.