‘Let God avert this’: Italian infantry march through the desert near Tripoli, Libya, in 1915, during the first World War. Photograph: PA

OPTIMISM IS RAPIDLY FAILING, EUROPEAN CONFLAGRATION ON THE WAYRome: We simply don’t know what is happening on the Austro-Hungarian border with Serbia,(...)

Along with her team-mates US World Cup squad player Nathalie Marchino has faced financial and logistical challenges to reach the World Cup finals in France. Photograph: Phil Cole/Getty Images

Last November, the Berkeley All Blues travelled to Cherry Hill, New Jersey to defend their US women’s rugby Premier League (WPL) title. Partici(...)

Mahmoud Bazzi,  a suspect in the abduction, torture and killing of two Irish soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in Lebanon 34 years ago. Photograph: AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Brian Kaufman

John O’Mahony has no doubt that Mahmoud Bazzi is the man who shot him. The Co Kerry farmer was one of three Irish soldiers abducted while serving with(...)

The day is coming, sooner rather than later, when the Chinese yuan currency becomes a true global trading currency, a new survey by HSBC Commercial Ba(...)

Irish climbers Colm Ennis and Peter Britton

Two Irish climbers have died in a fall on Mont Blanc mountain in France. Colm Ennis (37) from Waterford and Peter Britton (55) from Clonmel suffered (...)

‘I had been paying for more than six months for a service that did not work properly,’ says our reader of UPC Horizon

Horizons not broadened by this UPC ‘upgrade’ About six months ago, Michael O’Doherty from Dublin upgraded to a UPC Horizon bundle, having alre(...)

John FitzGerald: research showed successive governments had maintained welfare rates in spite of a massive increase in numbers requiring support.

Income inequality in Ireland has narrowed during the economic crisis due to the protection of welfare rates and middle-income earners shouldering the (...)

Debris is seen at the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 near the northern Mali town of Gossi. Photograph: Reuters

Family members of those killed on the Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali have been taken to the wreckage to grieve as French president Francois H(...)

A demonstrator with face painted in the colours of the Palestinian flag protests outside the Israeli Embassy in west London today.  Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Thousands of people took to the street across Ireland today calling for an end to violence in Gaza.A crowd of about 3000 marched from the Spire in O’ (...)

Loic Remy: scored 14 goals for Newcastle last season, before dip in form after the sale of Yohan Cabaye. Photograph: Getty Images

Liverpool have taken their summer spending over €100 million – and could go beyond €125 million in the coming days – after agreeing a €25 million fee(...)