Australia coach Alastair Clarkson is  keen on playing in US. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

The GAA and AFL are actively exploring the possibility of staging the International Rules series outside Ireland or Australia every third year. It (...)

Handpresso Pump Pro The Handpresso has been here before, but it has a new poppier, coloured version. In fact, a range of them. The mechanism is pre(...)

The King Abdullah bin Al Hussein Training Centre where a Jordanian officer went on a shooting spree on Monday, killing two Americans one South African.  Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

A Jordanian army officer shot dead two American military personnel and one South African and wounded six other people on Monday at a US-funded securit(...)

The sons of Khaled al-Asaad, the late 83-year old retired chief archaeologist of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Omar and Mohamad, display a portrait of their father during a ceremony in his memory at the National Museum in Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The beheading by Islamic State of Palmyra’s guardian angel archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad (83 ) and the demolition of the iconic Baalshamin temple in t(...)

‘If Obama vetoes a resolution of disapproval, it will take 34 senators to override his veto and block the agreement. That means opponents have to find an unlikely 11 more Democrats. Photograph:  REUTERS

It would not be unusual for members of the US Congress to vote against an international agreement, denouncing it with rhetorical flourishes as appalli(...)

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, August 6th, 2015, in Cleveland. Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

“Authenticity”. That’s the magic ingredient, the sprinkling of gold dust, that every pol’ needs in this age of disillusionment with politics and polit(...)

Deal to be done?: a student protests in Tehran in support of Iran’s nuclear programme. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP

So Iran is about to clinch a deal with the world’s great powers? Maybe. The umpteenth deadline passed on July 9th, when the United States Congress do(...)

Marriage equality victory has raised expectations that abortion rights will be next.... Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The resounding endorsement of same-sex marriage by Irish voters is leading many to wonder whether the cultural sea-change it reflects will accelerate(...)

 US president Barack Obama. Mr Obama has approved a plan to deploy up to 450 additional military personnel to a base in Iraq. File photograph:   Michael Reynolds/EPA

Us president Barack Obama has ordered the deployment of up to 450 more US troops and the establishment of a new training base in Iraq’s Anbar province(...)

The US authorities have moved partially to undo the broad surveillance powers acquired in the wake of the 9/11 attack 14 years ago. The passage throug(...)