US President Donald Trump addresses US military personnel and families at Naval Air Station Sigonella after G7 summit of Heads of State and Government near Taormina in Sicily. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The contrast between the US president’s embrace of the Saudis and Israelis and his attitude to Europe and Nato was striking

Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman. Photograph: Alan Betson

European Commission pledge at odds with Theresa May’s wish for cloak of secrecy

Fighting for the British Empire: the story of the Irish who lost their lives needs to be told

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan:  “After the failed coup attempt last July, he started a large-scale purge of his “enemies”, arresting 45,000 people and firing or suspending 130,000. But he has 10 straight victories at the polls since 2002, and there is no doubting his popularity.” File photograph:  Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

World View: Trump pays homage to strongman autocrat

Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny signs the new Rome declaration during a summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the EU’s founding. Photograph: Tiziana Fabitiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

World View: Irish ‘neutrality’ is intensely ideological, a luxury and a bit of a myth

Russian president Vladimir Putin: 1917 revolution does not fit his neo-tsarist, nationalist Great Russia myth. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images

Impulses that drove 1917 insurgents might resonate today in deeply divided Russia

Realistic rejection of violence: an image of Martin McGuinness next  to a book of condolences   at Stormont this week. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Terror is the weapon of those who believe they would lose, or are losing, a traditional military trial of strength – it’s the (...)

President Vladimir Putin  with Leonid Tibilov, the president of the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia. Putin regards South Ossetians as Russians that history has wrongfully parted from their homeland. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/Reuters

Patrick Smyth: Breakaway Georgian enclave seeks to change name in pro-Russian move

 EU commissioner Phil Hogan has warned against talk of treaty changes for which the weary public has no appetite. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Union relaunch faces major challenges in countering Euroscepticism and nationalism

The online defamation regime is confusing and inequitable.

Defamation law in Ireland is financially onerous, oppressive and unpredictable

‘We must remain at the heart of Europe and open to the world  … We must protect the hard-won peace on our island,’ Taoiseach Enda Kenny said. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Analysis: Taoiseach reminds the UK the State will be on EU’s side of the table in exit talks

A man walks next to Chevrolet vehicles at a GM dealership in Miami, Florida: the Center for Automotive Research warns a tariff of 35 per cent could cut US car sales by 450,000 a year and cost 31,000 car industry-related jobs across the US. Photograph: Carlos Barria

Donald Trump’s protectionism is not just economically illiterate, it is dangerous

Cypriots, from  occupied Northern city of Kyrenia, chant slogans during  demonstration against  UN-sponsored Cyprus peace talks. Photograph:  Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP

Most of the remaining points of difference are not of principle but degree

 Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu   at  Hatzerim air force base  on Thursday. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Donald Trump will be the only major global leader to back pro-settler policies

A man walks on a ripped electoral poster of Gambia’s  defeated president Yahya Jammeh. Photograph:  Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images

Jammeh refuses to step down, but his departure is a necessity for the country

Pro-choice activists  in front of  the US Supreme Court in Washington DC. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

Leaving individual states to decide on reproductive rights could be legally problematic

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: “The idea that fake news on Facebook . . . influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea.” Photograph: Peter Dasilva/EPA

World View: Social media giant faces questions over accountability as editor of feeds

US senator Roy Blunt  greets newly elected Missouri attorney general Josh Hawley prior to speaking to supporters after winning his campaign for Missouri senator. Photograph: Michael B Thomas/Getty Images

Party now able to fill vacancy on supreme court vacant since death of Antonin Scalia

William Britt and Al Moreno celebrate in Los Angeles after Californians voted to pass proposition 64, legalising recreational use of marijuana in the state. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Nebraska reverses opposition to death penalty in referendums on 150 issues in states

Bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945. Photograph: EPA/Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Some say a global ban is ineffective without full support, but a vital step has been taken

Scottish First Minister  Nicola Sturgeon suggests Scotland could be accommodated in an EU  half-way house akin to Norway, while the rest of the UK adopts a “hard” Brexit. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

A variegated Brexit in which regions retain closer ties to EU should not be problematic

A voter casts her ballot in the referendum on a peace accord  between the Farc and the Colombian state last Sunday. The  referendum was defeated by a narrow margin. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Most Colombians want peace but many could not bring themselves to vote for it

  President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Davao city, southern Philippines, EPA/CERILO EBRANO

New leader Rodrigo Duterte has made good on his election campaign promises

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses people gathered at the Presidential Complex to protest against the July 15th failed military coup attempt in Ankara. Photograph:  Kayhan Ozer/AFP/Getty Images

‘The official coup narrative has fed off Turkey’s relish for conspiracy theories’

President Richard Nixon gives his resignation speech from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington D.C. on August 8, 1974 (Photo by NBC NewsWire/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

What started as an occasional borrowing of Nixonian phrases by Trump voters has turned into a brazen homage

Tory Party leadership contender Theresa May has ruled out a second referendum if elected leader and prime minister. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Differing perspectives on the economy and role of markets are broadly irreconcilable

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and other top officials attend a repatriation ceremony at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, last year for 104 Iranian pilgrims who were among at least 464 Iranians killed in a stampede at the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mina near Mecca, Saudi Arabia on September 24th. Photograph: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Relationship between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia descends to new low

A propaganda poster during the cultural revolution is displayed at the Propaganda Art Museum in Shanghai, China, May 17 2016. The Propaganda Art Museum in Shanghai collect reproductions and original pieces of propaganda posters during the Cultural Revolutions. Photograph: Raul Ariano/NurPhoto via Getty Images

World View: Cultural Revolution and Sykes-Picot pact retain a grip on the present

Field Marshal General Douglas Haig: never more exposed were ruling classes and their socially remote, myopic, incompetent generals, exemplified by Haig. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The battle of the Somme was a new kind of battle, in a new kind of war, and overall it would claim some 1,000,000 casualties

The Nordic Battlegroup is an EU battlegroup comprising Sweden, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Photograph: AFP

Document’s untimely leak plays into Brexiters fears of EU subsuming Nato role

The Musudan rocket is understood to have a range of at least 1,864 miles, long enough to strike, among other targets, US military bases in Guam.  EPA/KCNA SOUTH KOREA OUT

China and South Korea have an interest in short-term stability in North Korea

Donald Trump has largely rewritten the social media rule book and remains, by far, the most tweeted-about candidate. Photograph: Ralph Freso/Getty Images

The US election has been defined by how candidates communicate with voters

Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The Kid: Chaplin was thought to be earning £130,000 a year in 1916. Photograph: AP Photo/File

"If in 1916 Shakespeare would “spell bankruptcy” in a British capital, while Mr Charles Chaplin earns £130,000 a year, we must, fo(...)

President Michael D Higgins: hosted a reception to mark the reorganisation of the Irish Citizen Army. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A tourist bought a boat ticket to New York in 1916 without realising she needed a passport

1916/2016: A miscellany

US president Barack Obama has gone out of his way to pick a nominee whose centrism makes him difficult for Republicans to oppose. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

The nomination of moderate Merrick Garland for Supreme Court is a shrewd move

Countess Markievicz: her speech in Cork caused comment in the House of Commons.

Irish regiments figure in the list of military honours

Countess Constance Markievicz as a captain in the Irish Citizen Army.

Other reports that day include that "the Austrians had dropped here and there a quantity of sweets, some wrapped in red and blue p(...)

A plaque commemorating the 1916 leaders who were executed in Kilmainham Gaol. Photograph: Frank Miller

Irish Republican Brotherhood militants were a diehard lot motivated by heroic failure and blood sacrifice

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has indicated he would move to curb media freedom if elected. Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky/EPA

Republican frontrunner has made it clear he will curb media freedom if elected

Celebrating  election victory, Paul Murphy (right),  Socialist Party/AAA-PBP, said he was not convinced  SF leadership was committed to building a “left” that does not prop up right-wing parties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fractious and divided, alphabet soup of left-wing parties is unlikely to disappear soon

Fine Gael won a 10 per cent seat bonus at the last general election – in other words ten per cent more seats than their vote warranted in percentage terms. Photograph: PA

Patrick Smyth on how our STV system works and why all preferences should be used

US Supreme Court justice will be remembered for his bluntness, humour and his often vicious sarcasm

The late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Photograph: The Irish Times

He sought to interpret the Constitution as it was understood at the time of its adoption

David Cameron: The erosion of the principle of free movement and equal treatment of EU citizens is the price we are being asked to pay to keep the UK in the EU. Photograph: Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen/Scanpix

UK’s dubious case may lead to other member states moving to curb migrant rights

The UK Bar Coucil pleading on behalf of Walter  specifically refers to the danger of executing the innocent, exemplified in the capital convictions in the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four cases. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Abolitionists are now pinning hopes on the case of Pennsylvania woman Shonda Walter

Jaroslaw Kaczynski the leader of Poland’s rulking party. He may well be right to suspect that Brussels is all bluster.  REUTERS/Agencja Gazeta/Slawomir

The European Commission is set to hold an ‘orientation’ debate on new laws in Poland that rein in both its constitutional court a(...)

The remains of a SUV involved in the December 3rd attack in San Bernardino, California. There are reports in the US that in the wake of Paris and San Bernardino that some people are again avoiding public places and gun sales are soaring. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Amercians are 59 times more likely to die of autoerotic asphyxiation than in terrorist attack

Attempts within Republicanism to mount an anti-Trump campaign appear unlikely to succeed - the party has been hijacked by its own members. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Most analysts still insist that Trump’s lead in the Republican field will pass as the race gets more serious. But he has undoubted(...)

William Thomas Cosgrave (1880-1965), Irish politician, at the time of the fights for independence. Photograph: Getty Images

‘The dragons of the past have not died and were only sleeping. Recent events have stirred them’ – George (AE) Russell

Non discrimination law challenged over fears transgender women will use ladies toilets

Refugees from Syria near the Austrian-German border. German official attitudes also owe a good deal to enlightened self-interest. Photograph: EPA/Armin Weigel

Hungary and Poland will see their populations fall by 8 and 6 per cent respectively by 2035

“Thousands of low-level Farc fighters would be granted an amnesty for “political” crimes.”

The hope is that, like Northern Ireland, Colombia will swallow the bitter pill of “amnesty” in order to grasp the bigger prize o(...)

‘If Obama vetoes a resolution of disapproval, it will take 34 senators to override his veto and block the agreement. That means opponents have to find an unlikely 11 more Democrats. Photograph:  REUTERS

‘While several of the Republican presidential hopefuls have vowed they would repudiate the deal on day one of their presidency, hi(...)

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, August 6th, 2015, in Cleveland. Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Patrick Smyth: Battle for Republican candidacy now heads for the ‘invisible primary’

‘François Mitterrand, asked about any EC problem would reply “More Europe, more Europe”. No more.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘Not surprisingly the last few years has seen the rise throughout Europe of nationalist “Out, out, out” forces, although yet to f(...)

US Supreme Court . . . although conservative-led is now under fire from Republican presidential candidates. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.

Conservatives challenge judicial supremacy

The Five Presidents’ report outlines plans to strengthen economic and monetary union through closer integration of the euro group. Photograph: Getty Images

Five Presidents’ report has been overshadowed by crisis talks over Greece

A Royal Mail commemorative stamp from a set marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Photograph: PRESS ASSOCIATION

‘The Magna Charta Hiberniae, “son of” Magna Carta, slightly amended and issued for Ireland on November 12th, 1216, is part of the (...)

‘Forty years on, this very French, eclectic gathering, lubricated by copious wine and fromages to die for, provided some telling snapshots of the country’s, and particularly its left’s, uncertain, confused, and depressed mood and the langueur of its politics.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘The tension between the republican, secular state, caricatured as Paris and its elites vs rural France, is very much alive in its(...)

‘Then there’s our own Belfast Agreement, into which the Human Rights Act is woven. The latter’s repudiation would breach international treaty obligations, specifically in relation to the British-Irish Agreement that underpins the agreement.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘Would Westminster legislate to allow the writ of the ECHR continue to prevail in Northern Ireland and Scotland while not in the r(...)

Nigel Farage: Ukip, the party he led into the British general election, would have won 84 seats – rather than one – under the PR system. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Proportional representation in the UK election would have enshrined the necessity for coalition

WB Yeats – “I think it better that in times like these/ A poet’s mouth be silent ...”

The Great War transformed our understanding of war, forcing writers to describe the world in new ways, and in a new language

‘Diaspora savings attributed to migrants from developing countries were estimated at €464 billion in 2013, mostly held in the banks of states to which they have migrated.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Remittances tell a story of sacrifice, families divided and massive bank penalties

David Cameron: has warned of the UK “sleepwalking towards the exit” and  bizarrely sees his referendum pledge as a way of regaining control. Photograph: Leon Neal/Reuters

Ireland must assess and analyse Brexit implications with rigorous logic

‘The election had been called by Netanyahu not so much to steal a march on a rejuvenated opposition to his left but to strengthen his hand in dealings with cabinet allies to his right.’ Above: supporters of Benjamin Natanyahu cheer as they hear the first  predictions of the Israeli election results. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

‘He told the crowd he would work to take care of the welfare of all Israeli citizens’

‘The contest to run the fourth largest city in the US has pitted President Obama’s former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, against an opponent not from the Republican Party, but a Democrat on his left, in an election that has been about austerity and cutbacks with parallels to the remarkable victory of of radical community activist Bill de Blasio in New York in 2013.’ Photograph: REUTERS/Jim Young

Jesús “Chuy” García takes on Rahm Emanuel in race foreshadowing White House battle

‘If it is okay to repair faulty mitochondrial DNA, the slippery slope argument goes, then what about other genetic diseases caused by faults in nuclear DNA?’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘If the House of Lords backs the licensing of the procedure the UK will be the first state in the world to embrace the new techniq(...)

 ‘In Germany establishment parties have ruled out co-operation with Pegida, the German acronym for “Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West”.’ Supporters of the Pegida movement waves flags while they gather for a march in their first Berlin demonstration,  following  marches in Dresden.  Photograph:  Carsten Koall/Getty Images

This week mosques have been bombed in Sweden, in Dresden thousands of anti-immigrant marchers demand a halt the ‘Islamisation of t(...)

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