Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (left), US secretary of state John Kerry and UN special envoy of the secretary general for Syria Staffan de Mistura hold a press conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, Germany. Photograph: Sven Hoppe/EPA

Major powers agreed on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to besieged Syria(...)

   Former Anglo  chief executive David Drumm:  His lawyer asked to keep the matter open  as  Drumm hopes to be biometrically tested as part of his process to secure a US green card. Photograph: Alan Betson

The decision of former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm to end his extradition fight came as he began his fifth month in a US prison. It(...)

Brian Veale, a native of Dungarvan in Co Waterford, was charged with the murder of Graham Johnson (41) at Cork Prison, Rathmore Road in Cork city on May 16th last. File photograph: The Irish Times

A 31-year-old man has been returned for trial charged with the murder of a father-of-three who died after being stabbed during a row in the kitchen o(...)

A Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) technician performs an optic inspection on devices used to detect gravitational waves. The twin LIGO detectors are located at Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, in the US. Photograph: Caltech/MIT/LIGO/Reuters

Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves passing over the Earth. The waves were caused by the collision of two massive black (...)

A small statue of Albert Einstein is seen at the Einstein Archives of the Hebrew University as they present the original 100 years old documents of Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago. (...)

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders smiles as he waves to the crowd at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary victory rally in Concord, New Hampshire February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

It is a measure of the radical mood of America that virtually every presidential candidate who has so far come to the fore present themselves as an op(...)

Artist’s  illustration of  a quasar. Such phenomena are thought to feed  gravitational waves which  form around massive objects like black holes and neutron stars, warping space and time. File photograph:  AFP/Nasa/Getty Images

An international team of scientists looks set to make waves on Thursday by announcing the first direct detection of gravitational waves rolling across(...)

Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen:   cautious assessment and emphasis on global risks marked a contrast to the more optimistic tone in December, when she hailed the Fed’s decision to raise rates. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Persistent global market turbulence could set back US growth and slow the pace of corporate hiring, the Federal Reserve chairwoman told Congress yest(...)

Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington’s resolve clear not just to Pyongyang, but to the United Nations and other governments

The US Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to toughen sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber activities, a(...)

Refugees  near the Syrian border in Kilis, Turkey. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

Saudi Arabia is discussing plans to deploy ground troops with regional allies, including Turkey, for a safe zone in Syria, in a last-ditch effort to k(...)