Less than four months ago, it emerged that the Department of Health was firmly opposed to proposals that a public inquiry should be held into the unprecedented abuse scandal at Muckamore Abbey in Co Antrim.
Angela Merkel speaking at the meeting of the G7 leaders yesterday described the Amazon as "the lung of our whole earth" when illustrating just how important the region is to the production of oxygen for the world.
Whatever happened to the peace process? With Stormont in continued political quarantine, 445 attacks on churches and religious buildings in the past three years and a killing and an attack on the PSNI this week, some politicians and commentators are now worried about what they call a return to violence.
ARRIVING at the back gate of the Irish News on Monday - picture the mouth of a post-apocalyptic Batcave and you'll get the idea - I was in reasonably good form for someone returning to the office after being on holiday.
Boris Johnson's whirlwind visits to Berlin and Paris did not produce any breakthrough although the British government could hardly have expected the major European leaders to agree that the Irish backstop should be abandoned.