Deserted streets and damaged buildings in the central Syrian town of Talbisseh in the Homs province after Russia confirmed that it carried out its first air strike in Syria. Photograph: Mahmoud Taha/AFP/Getty Images 1:29

The White House warned Russia that its military actions in Syria risk prolonging the four-year-old conflict in the country as the US and Russian milit(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Keene, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, during which he said he would send home the US’s Syrian refugees if he became president. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

Businessman Donald Trump, the frontrunner to win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said he would send home the US’s Syrian refugees if he b(...)

A patient is wheeled into the emergency room at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon, following the deadly shooting attack at Umpqua Community College. Photograph: Aaron Yost/AP

A gunman killed 9 people and wounded up to 7 others at a community college in a rural area of the northwestern US state of Oregon yesterday. Th(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan  has said the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals, negotiations for which were co-chaired by Ireland’s permanent representative to the UN, were a “tangible manifestation” of the UN’s capacity to deliver “positive outcomes”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The UN must use its 70th anniversary to appraise the international community’s failures to prevent war, genocide, forced displacement and deprivation,(...)

US senator Edward Kennedy: He played a key role in Northern Ireland, voicing concerns about the violence from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Throughout the difficult negotiations leading to the 1998 Belfast Agreement, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern kept in regular contact with US senator Edwar(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan (left), on a visit to Washington, has welcomed plans by Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (right) of Wisconsin to table legislation for E3 visas for “a limited period of time for Irish people”. Photograph: Marty Katz

A Republican congressman intends to introduce a Bill that, if passed, would allow thousands of Irish to apply for new “E3” visas to live and work in t(...)

US president Barack Obama extends his hand to Cuban president Raul Castro at the start of their meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York, September 29th, 2015. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama has met Cuban president Raul Castro at the United Nations in New York, marking the first meeting between the leaders of the (...)

President Michael D Higgins listens during the  United Nations Sustainable Development Summit  at the UN  headquarters in New York earlier this week. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

President Michael D Higgins has said that political debate about how to reduce inequality and protect against poverty has become “very much secondar(...)

US president Barack Obama addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday. Photograph: Reuters//Carlo Allegri 1:37

US president Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin clashed publicly at the United Nations on how to respond to the war in Syria that has crea(...)

Pope Francis kisses and blesses Michael Keating (10), who has cerebral palsy, at Philadelphia airport. Photograph:Joseph Gidjunis/World Meeting of Families via AP

If the emphasis of the first half of Pope Francis’s US visit was about speaking hard truths to political and world leaders, the second half was about (...)