Vladimir Putin: No doubt it’s an oversimplification to say that the confrontation in Ukraine is all about shoring up an authoritarian regime that is stumbling on other fronts. But there’s surely some truth to that story.

A century has passed since the start of the first World War, which many people at the time declared was “the war to end all wars”.Unfortunately wars j(...)

REFILE - CORRECTING DATE  The advert taken out by British tabloid newspaper The Sun (R), that defends Britain’s right to govern the Falkland Islands, is published on page 5 of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina January 4, 2013. Britain rejected calls on Thursday from President Fernandez for talks over the disputed Falkland Islands after she wrote an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron. Britain and Argentina fought a 10-week war in 1982 over the remote South Atlantic islands, which are part of Britain’s self-governing overseas territories and are known in Argentina as Las Malvinas. Photograph: REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

FIFA has fined the Argentine Football Association 30,000 Swiss francs (€24,689) as punishment for the displaying of a provocative banner relating to t(...)

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First World War memorabilia is expected to feature prominently at auctions here and in Britain over the next four years as collectors respond to cente(...)

Taskforce commanders Jeremy Moore and Sandy Woodward (right) during the Falklands campaign. Photograph: Martin Cleaver/PA Wire

Admiral Sir John Woodward, known as “Sandy”, who has died aged 81, led the naval expeditionary force that recaptured the Falkland Islands from Argenti(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe inspects a Japanese coast guard patrol vessel on the Japanese southwestern island of Ishigaki. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

Lush and sleepy, the sub-tropical island of Ishigaki shows little sign of preparing for war with Asia’s rising superpower China. Dotted with sugar can(...)

Charles Moore is in many ways a surprising choice as Margaret Thatcher’s official biographer. As he disarmingly points out in his author’s jack(...)

Paul Theroux, author of novels such as The Mosquito Coast and My Other Life, has won much critical acclaim for his travel writings such as Ghost Train to the Eastern Star. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien/The Irish Times

Internationally acclaimed novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux will head up the 11th annual Immrama Festival of Travel Writing in Lismore in(...)

 Minister for Education and Labour TD Ruairi Quinn will represent the Government at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral next week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Labour TD and Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn will represent the Government at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher next week. Invitations to m(...)

The Falklands War: Thatcher followed through on her combatative rhetoric. Photograph: Getty Images

The death of Margaret Thatcher commits her to the ages, where in truth she has seemed to belong for many years now. Her legacy may be contested(...)

Margaret Thatcher waves from the front door of her home after returning from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital following an operation on her broken arm on June 29, 2009 in London, England. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, perhaps the most distinctive and divisive British politician since the second(...)