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(...)

Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy  listens to her lawyer prior to a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts.  Ms  McCarthy is accused of killing a child in her care in 2013. Photograph: AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool

A US judge has scheduled the long-delayed trial of an Irish nanny accused of murdering a one-year-old baby in her care for October 13th.Aisling Brady (...)

Zagg Pocket Keyboard  This portable Zagg Keyboard is a wireless carry-along for your iPhone or iPad, folding up longways to fit in a pocket (...)

An aerial view of a shooting scene at the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade in Maryland. Reports say one man was shot dead and another seriously wounded after attempting to ram a vehicle into the installation. Photograph: NBC4Washington handout/Reuters

Two people tried to ram their vehicle into the National Security Agency (NSA)’s entrance gates near Washington DC before guards shot one of them dead,(...)

US officials are expected to formally identify North Korea as being behind  the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

US president Barack Obama said Sony made a mistake in cancelling the release of its film The Interview under threat make by hackers in North Korea. “W(...)

Surely the exploding costs of Obamacare would lead to vast amounts of red ink, right? Well, no. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The great American Ebola freak-out of 2014 seems to be over. The disease is still ravaging Africa, and as with any epidemic, there’s always a risk of (...)

It’s as much about leading by example as any commitments they have made. Indeed there are no new binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions in the dea(...)