US citizen Jeremiah Mathis Thede is in custody charged with endangering the safety of the aircraft, disruptive behaviour on board and common assault while onboard a United Airlines flight on June 20th this year. Photograph: Kevin Moloney/ Getty Images

An American citizen accused of an air rage incident is likely to be prosecuted in the Crown Court because of the huge costs to the airline, a judge he(...)

Aoife Beary, who was injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse.

Six Dublin students injured in last month’s balcony collapse in Berkeley who are still being treated in California have made “tremendous” progress, ac(...)

A Chicago police officer wraps up police tape at the  scene where seven-year-old Amari Brown was shot and killed while watching an Independence Day fireworks display. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

Chicago suffered a weekend of serious gun violence as nine people were killed, including a seven-year-old boy, and at least 46 were injured in shootin(...)

US president Barack Obama:  crisis has little direct risk to the US. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Obama administration refused to be drawn on whether Greece should be given a debt write-off as a way of resolving the debt crisis. “The creditors (...)

China’s president Xi Jinping: the bank is a key part of his  efforts to boost China’s influence, called “peripheral diplomacy”, and redress  China’s poor levels of representation on international bodies such as the World Bank and ADB.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Last week saw the official signing ceremony in Beijing of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-led international financial institution th(...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has indicated that he wants to begin reducing the government’s £32 billion stake in RBS. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Britain is planning to sell half its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland, worth £16 billion, within two years, according to sources have said. Chancellor (...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, meet with foreign ministers from China, Germany and France in Vienna. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Pool photo

A dispute over United Nations sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile programme is among the issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six wor(...)

Optical fibre: researchers at San Diego received data after it voyaged 12,000km through cables with standard amplifiers and no electronic regenerators.

Over two billion kilometres of optical fibres have been installed worldwide, a string of glass that could be wrapped around the globe 50,000 times. I(...)

Minister  for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: acknowledged the importance of the legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

When a person is convicted of a crime, there is a legitimate expectation of punishment, with the most serious consequence being the loss of liberty. I(...)

Tourists on a jaunting car through Killarney National Park: Ireland is the seventh most recalled holiday destination by British people. Photograph: Sally MacMonagle

Tourism chiefs are calling on the Government to boost investment in the sector to underpin its strong recovery. The Irish Tourist Industry Confederat(...)