Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Dan Neville TD  announcing plans to address the issue of mental illness. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

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President Hassan Rohani with UN secretary-general  Ban Ki-moon. Photograph: Reuters

Opinion: Strong anti-Western feelings persist in the country influenced by history of interference

Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi: “Nuclear weapons are against our Islamic teachings.” Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

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 ‘Geoff Rhind points out that the Fab Four had many Irish connections and wonders why “Ireland never really claimed the Beatles” because, as he says, they belonged to “The Liverpool Irish”.’ Above, the Beatles perform in a club prior to signing their first recording contract. From left,  George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and original drummer Pete Best. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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Ba chóir go mbeadh rogha faoina bhfuil i ndán don Seanad

‘I noted instead that pride of place was going to our very own Maeve Binchy, writer and Irish Times journalist. To add to the humiliation of the great ones in the nearby cemetery, a typical Russian mixture of hail, rain and sleet was pouring down from the sky at the time.’  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

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 John Hume ponders the options during final deliberations on the Belfast Agreement

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Martin Luther King III continues his father Martin Luther King Jr’s tradition of activism on behalf of the excluded and underprivileged. Photograph: AP Photo

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