US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley (standing, centre  left) with Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at an  economic conference at the US ambassador’s residence in recent days. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Peace campaigners are planning to picket a business event attended by the US ambassador to Ireland on Monday.Kevin O’Malley is guest of honour at the (...)

Some of Irish photographer Jean Curran’s photographs drying in a darkroom in Dubai before they were taken to Mazar-e-Sharif to be hand painted by Mohammed Karin, using traditional Afghani techniques. Photograph: Jean Curran

In 2011, Waterford-born photographic artist Jean Curran first began exploring hand-painted portraits in Afghanistan. During her research, she came (...)

Cagliari chief prosecutor Mauro Mura told reporters that as well as planning to launch attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as earlier reported, the suspects may also have been aiming to target the Vatican. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

Suspected extremists being questioned in a counter-terrorism investigation in Italy may have been planning an attack against the Vatican, one of the p(...)

US president Barack Obama delivers a statpment in  White House in  on Thursday in which he apologised for a counterterrorism operation in January that accidentally killed two aid workers held hostage by al Qaeda. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president Barack Obama expressed his “deepest apologies” on behalf of his government over the killing of two aid workers, an American and an Itali(...)

The White House acknowledged on Thursday two hostages held by Al Qaeda were accidentally killed in an American government counter-terrorism operation in January and said President Obama takes full responsibility. One of the hostages, Warren Weinstein, an American held by Al Qaeda since 2011, is seen in an image from a video released by his captors in 2013. Photograph: New York Times

One American and one Italian held hostage by al Qaeda in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan were killed in a US counter-terrorism operatio(...)

The Taliban raided the site in Bala Murghab district in Badghis province, north-western Afghanistan.

Nine border guards have been killed after the Taliban stormed a police checkpoint in a north-western province of Afghanistan. The checkpoint in Badghi(...)

A member of the Afghan security forces carries a woman away  from the site of an attack on a court in Mazar-i-Sharif, April 9th, 2015. Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons stormed the court in the northern Afghanistan  city, killing the district police chief and two other officers, authorities said. Photograph: Anil Usyan/Reuters

Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons stormed a court in Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday and kill(...)

 Karen Brassard, a Boston Bombing survivor, and  Carlos Arredondo (L), who  helped victims on the day of the bombing, talk to the media after the jury verdict of guilty on all charges against Dzhokhar Tsamaev. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA. 0:50

In the silent well of Courtroom Nine, a clerk read out the jury’s verdicts: Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. The word echoed in the courtroom as the clerk pron(...)

The burial of Irish US marine Liam Flynn at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia yesterday. Flynn, from Clane, Co Kildare, was aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed last month in Navarre, Florida. Photograph: Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com 1:30

Irish-American Liam Flynn, the US special forces marine killed in a helicopter crash off Florida last month, was laid to rest at an emotional ceremony(...)

A member of an Afghan women’s rights activist group puts flowers on the grave of Farkhunda, the 27-year-old woman who was beaten with sticks and set on fire by a crowd of men in central Kabul. She is now being treated as a martyr. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

In indignant tones, the Islamic law student told her family about the superstitious practices she had witnessed earlier that day at a historic shrine (...)