A day after President Obama phoned Israeli leader Binyamin Netanyahu demanding an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire”, Netanyahu warned of “a lengthy campaign” against Hamas. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Conflict creates fresh tensions in a relationship that seems impervious to challenge

The new round of sanctions targets Russian oil, rather than gas, outlawing exports of oil exploration equipment to Russia. About 30 per cent of the European Union’s gas supply comes from Russia.Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Co-ordinated approach targets trade, energy, banks, technology, arms and finance sector

File photograph of Sean Dunne, right, with his attorney in New Haven, Connecticut. Photograph: Irish Times photo/ Steve Miller

Judge suggests mediator to resolve discovery issues in hard-fought litigation

Mahmoud Bazzi,  a suspect in the abduction, torture and killing of two Irish soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in Lebanon 34 years ago. Photograph: AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Brian Kaufman

Thirty-four on, the man eyewitnesses allege is responsible faces possible deportation

Professor Stephen Shay: said Obama could invoke a 1969 tax law that would restrict foreign companies using inter-company loans and interest deductions to reduce their tax bills. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Law from 1969 could be used to tackle issue, says Harvard Law School professor

Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell’s wife Maureen arrives with her daughter for her trial in Richmond, Virginia yesterday. Photograph: Jay Westcott/Reuters

State’s former first couple charged for receiving gifts and loans from businessman

President Barack Obama  held a video conference call with David Cameron, François Hollande, Angela Merkel and Matteo Renzi about allowing unrestricted access to the site of the downed Malaysian jet. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

Obama’s 50th call with EU leaders on Ukraine crisis marks more unified response

The Obama administration along with Democrats and Republicans in Congress have become increasingly alarmed at the number of so-called “corporate inversions”

The US’s current corporation tax problems are of their own making not ours

Cheerleaders with the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team performing earlier this month. Class-action lawsuits taken by former cheerleaders with several other professional sports teams have highlighted poor working conditions in the sector. Photograph: Piotr Redlinski/ New York Times service

America Letter: lawsuits have shone a light on cheerleaders’ pay and conditions

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