An explosion rocks Kobani city centre yesterday during a reported suicide car bomb attack by Islamic State militants group. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry justified the first air drop of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, Syria, (...)

Indonesia’s losses of virgin forests totalled 60,000 sqkms between  2000 and 2012, partly to make way for palm oil plantations and other farms, a study said. Photograph: Getty

Indonesia has for the first time surpassed Brazil in clearing tropical forests and losses are accelerating despite a 2011 moratorium meant to protect (...)

Dublin did not feature in the top 10 most expensive places to have a city break. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dear old Dublin did not make it into the world’s top 10 most expensive places for a city break, according to the annual cost comparison study publishe(...)

The Raid 2

You would have trouble arguing that Gareth Evans’s The Raid – a modern classic of martial a(...)

Ireland Hong Kong Business Forum:  Linda Lai, special representative for Hong Kong Economic Trade Affairs to the European Union, and Minister of State for  Trade and Development Joe Costello

Irish exports to China are expected to rise by 11 per cent per annum until 2030, the Irish Exporters Association said last week as the lobby gr(...)

Foodpanda’s office, an online takeout delivery service for restaurants that mirrors the popular American company GrubHub, in Berlin. International companies like Rocket Internet, which funds e-commerce start-ups that mimic proven business models, are operating in sharp contrast to Silicon Valley, where originality is prized

For Linio, think Amazon for Mexicans. For Zalora, think Zappos for Malaysians. For Easy Taxi, think Uber for Nigerians. And for all of them, th(...)

Hong Kong: Ireland is to open a Consulate General in the city which will come as welcome news to those trying to promote Ireland in this fast-growing region. photograph: jerome favre/bloomberg

Last month, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, announced an expansion of Ireland’s missions abroad, includ(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  denied he was trying to capitalise on the pope’s popularity and said the decision was taken because of the Holy See’s renewed focus on tackling “hunger and world poverty” under Francis.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has linked the Government’s decision to reopen the Embassy to the Holy See to the arrival of Pope Francis. However, Mr Gilmore (...)

The decision announced yesterday by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade significantly to expand Ireland’s embassy network is an essential affi(...)

The Government is to reopen the Vatican Embassy, The Irish Times has learned.

The Government has decided to reopen the Irish Embassy to the Vatican as part of a wider expansion of the embassy and consulate network. Tánaiste Eamo(...)