A mosquito control inspector sprays pesticide in a Miami neighbourhood

Irish women warned over travelling to Florida

30 Jul Irish women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant have been advised not to travel to Florida in the wake of reports of locally transmitted incidents of the Zika virus.

The hot air balloon crashed in a field near the Texas city of Lockhart

16 people die in Texas hot air balloon crash

30 Jul The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed the deaths of 16 people after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in a field near the central Texas city of Lockhart today.

AIB and Bank of Ireland came out among the worst in the EBA's test of 51 European Union lenders

No clean bill of health for banks in stress tests

30 Jul Banks from Ireland, Italy, Spain and Austria fared worst in the latest European Union stress test, which the region's banking watchdog said showed there was still work to do in order to boost credit to the bloc's economy.

Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the war, has been divided since 2012

Families leave Aleppo under Russia-Syria plan

30 Jul More than 150 civilians, mostly women and children, left besieged eastern parts of Aleppo through a safety zone that Moscow and its Syrian ally say they have set up to evacuate people trapped in opposition-held areas.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused coup plotters of having links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen

US denies involvement in foiled Turkish coup

30 Jul A top military chief and other officials have insisted the United States was not involved in the attempted military coup in Turkey, underscoring tense relations between the allies.

JK Rowling unveils new play and script

Harry Potter: From Page Magic to Stage Magic

30 Jul Tonight sees the grand opening in London of the new stage production, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, based on an original story by the high witch of all fans and wizards alike, JK. Rowling.

Jan Curilla hit out at the strain of taking on the State in a 'blind game'

Father of brain-damaged girl hits out after court

29 Jul The father of a girl who was severely brain damaged at birth has hit out over the legal battle he and his family had to endure for seven years before reaching a €2.4m interim settlement today.

Two years ago the ECHR ruled that Ireland had failed to protect Cork woman Louise O'Keeffe from abuse

Govt accused of denying abuse victims justice

29 Jul People who were sexually abused as children in Irish schools have accused the Government of denying them justice through what they say is an "incorrect" interpretation of a recent European Court of Human Rights ruling.

The mosquitos that transmit the infection are now thought to be able to live in colder climates

Local Zika transmission in Florida 'likely'

29 Jul Florida health officials said they believe that four people have been infected locally with Zika, in what would be the first evidence that mosquitoes carrying the virus are present in the continental United States.

The company is owned by mortgage campaigner David Hall

Lifeline Ambulances loses dismissal court case

29 Jul A Circuit Court judge has ruled there are substantial grounds for contending that the dismissal of two senior managers at the Lifeline ambulance company was wholly or mainly due to their submission of a disclosure of alleged wrongdoing to the Revenue Commissioners.

The hospital in the rebel-held town of Kafar Takharim was reportedly heavily damaged

Maternity hospital bombed in Syrian air raid

29 Jul A maternity hospital supported by Save the Children was bombed in an air raid in Idlib province of northwest Syria, causing casualties and heavy damage, the Britain-based charity said.

Pope Francis visited the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Pope in silent tribute to Holocaust victims

29 Jul Pope Francis has prayed silently in tribute to 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, who died in the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau during World War II.

Four out of five homeless families living in the hotel are moving to new accommodation

Four families in Lynam's Hotel being rehoused

29 Jul The High Court has heard that four of the five homeless families living in Lynam's Hotel in Dublin are moving to new accommodation after a ruling that the hotel must close next week.

Austrian and French authorities believe the men travelled to Greece along with two men involved in the 13 November atrocities in Paris

Austria transfers IS suspects to France

29 Jul Austria has handed over to France two suspected members of the same so-called Islamic State cell that massacred 130 people in Paris last November, prosecutors said this morning.