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The landslide vote for gay marriage takes Irish society further away from the Vatican

Ireland gay marriage: The Church's decision not to lead the No campaign marks a new reality

In less than three decades, the church has lost its grip on the Irish

Lady Venom favours a brand of gothdom that belongs to a period decades before her birth

The Atwood family, found eating Sunday lunch in their local Indian restaurant, are a deeply incon.....

Middle Class Problems: When did it become socially acceptable to boast about one's offspring?

My daughter is, of course, exceptional in every way. But I need to know – when people ask about h.....

New SNP MP Mhairi Black distinguished herself in Westminster straight away when she made herself a chip butty in the canteen

The SNP adventure arrives in Westminister - but how long before these new MPs go native?

It's like cross between Eliza Doolittle at the races and Five Go to Treasure Island

The Public Accounts Committee found widespread concern among civil servants that they would be victimised if they spoke out about wrongdoing
Theresa May, the Home Secretary

Theresa May's threat to broadcast freedom is staggering

Leaked letter shows that the Home Secretary was planning TV censorship

Barack Obama owed his crucial victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries to his opposition to George W Bush’s “dumb war” (Getty)

In foreign policy Barack Obama is proving to be the supreme pragmatist

Americans want another land war in the Middle East like a hole in the head

George Osborne will present the post-election budget on 8th July

Crunch the numbers this way or that, more cuts are going to hurt

Any leeway the Chancellor had for the July budget has been consumed

Free medical care was introduced much against the wishes of the 1940s counterparts of Dr Chaand Nagpaul

Many institutions seem programmed to put themselves first

There are still far too many Tite Barnacles clinging to the hull of SS Great Britain

Why is my father looking out of my mirror?

We lads all become aware of a dawning sense of time slipping

Surely Liz Kendall is too little known, too right-wing, too “Blairite”, to have a chance against Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper? Not at all.

Labour leadership contest: Obscurity could be Liz Kendall's trump card

Labour members will look for the candidate most likely to beat the Tories

Alison Taylor on relationships: All these apparitions are making me feel like Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost

Alison isn't a superstitious person but she does believe in is the magical power of exes

The PM proposed 'commonsense restrictions' on migrant benefits
President Xi Jinping has declared that “first strike would be used against terrorists” and a series of punitive measures have followed including bans on beards, veils and T-shirts showing the Muslim crescent

China's Islamist insurgency in its western territories poses a growing threat to the region

Diplomatic Channels: A series of indiscriminate attacks have been followed punitive measures including bans on beards, veils and T-shirts showing the Muslim crescent

David Letterman

Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents

Isis seized the citadel and columns of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 133 miles north-east of Damascus

Isis seizes Palmyra: Tragically, enchanting ruins of the ancient Syrian city are destined to be destroyed

There can be little doubt the militants will destroy all they see - Unesco World Heritage site, or not

Theresa May and Steve White arrive at the Police Federation’s conference

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Theresa May's Alien-like struggle with the Police Federation

The conference was quite a show, with Channel Four’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy moonlighting as starry compère and a scary movie within a scary movie

Conservatives and Labour are both wrong about business

In outsourcing public services, Tories don't realise that private enterprise can be just as chaotic and disorganised

A 'good death' should be routine

Many have a fear of dying – this report shows why

While medical advances have profoundly altered the course of human life, when it comes to the end there is much less certainty about how to manage it

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

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The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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