A file image of weapons and drugs seized in Co Kildare in 2008 as part of a series of Garda raids targeting cannabis smuggling into Ireland. Gardaí said a substantial amount of cannabis had been recovered after a car was stopped and during follow-up searches. Photograph: PA

Dubliner David Byrne, who was shot dead by a gang of six men at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on Friday had close links with an international Irish-led (...)

US and British intelligence cracked the codes of Israeli drones operating in the Middle East and monitored their surveillance feeds for almost 20 years, according to documents leaked by an American whistleblower and published in international media on Friday. Photograph: AP Photo/Dusan Vranic

The United States and Britain have hacked the video feeds from Israeli drones in an operation dating back to 1998, according to documents attributed (...)

There is so much hype about diet and exercise that sensible adults want to go to bed and pull the duvet over their heads. Photograph: Thinkstock

January could be a lovely month with a stretch in the evenings and days an hour longer than at the winter solstice. However, there is so much hype abo(...)

Lt Gen William (Bill) O’Callaghan (also known as   “The Bull” Callaghan): an accomplished and unflappable leader, he   described the experience of peacekeeping in the Middle East as follows: “We must look for trouble at the four points of the compass. And then we look behind our backs.”

Throughout his Army career, Lieut Gen Bill O’Callaghan, who has died aged 94, was not known by his true name. To his comrades and many admirers, he (...)

Protesters   clash with police  during a rally against  pension reform which , along with  Greece’s progress on budget fiscal targets, has been set out as a key demand by creditors.  Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Euro zone finance ministers gather in Brussels today for two days of meetings that will be dominated by Greece, as the eurogroup takes stock on the s(...)

Refugees paddling a rubber dinghy approach the beach at Psalidi near Kos Town, Kos, Greece in August this year. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

The number of refugees and migrants arriving by land and sea in the European Union has passed 1 million this year, while a further 3,600 died or went (...)

Pro-Palestinian activists wave Turkish and Palestinian flags during the welcoming ceremony for cruise liner Mavi Marmara at the Sarayburnu port of Istanbul on December 26th, 2010, seven months after 10 Turkish activists were killed when Israeli naval commandos raided the ship. Photograph: Reuters

Israel and Turkey have reached agreement on normalising diplomatic ties that broke down in 2010 when 10 Turkish activists were killed after Israeli na(...)

In Britain 7.9 per cent of the population is non-British national. Photograph: Getty Images

Nearly one in eight people living in Ireland comes from abroad, according to research by Eurostat published on Friday. The European statistics agenc(...)

A  Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter jets returning to RAF Akrotiri base in Cyprus after their first mission since the parliamentary vote to undertake air strikes in Syria. Photograph:  Emily Burns/EPA/Royal Air Force

Britain joined US-led air strikes against Islamic State in Syria on Thursday, but Russian president Vladimir Putin issued bitter new denunciations of (...)

 Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) and Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg  leave a press briefing after their meeting at the organisation’s  headquarters in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

Russia has been accused of trying to “cover up” its infringement of Turkish airspace with “unfounded” claims that Turkey is illegally importi(...)