Qualtrics chief executive Ryan Smith with Taoiseach Enda Kenny: the tech firm has leased a building close to St Stephen’s Green and it has more space than it needs to accommodate the planned 250-strong workforce. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

US-based Qualtrics started out as a family business when it was founded in 2002, but more than a decade later it has grown into an international compa(...)

File photograph of the ancient Palmyra theater in the historical city of Palmyra.   Islamic State fighters in Syria have entered the ancient ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the central city. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters 1:07

Islamic State (IS) now controls more than half of Syrian territory according to a UK human rights group.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human(...)

Syrian soldiers at the Temple of Bel, an ancient stone ruin, in Palmyra before it fell to Islamic State. Syrian state television reported tonight that Islamic State, which has  destroyed antiquities and ancient monuments in Iraq, was trying to enter the city’s historical sites. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times 1:07

Islamic State militants stormed the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, seizing it from government forces in fierce fighting as civilians were evacua(...)

When the racist search term was entered into Google Maps, the result was the White House; Google had not yet fixed the problem at the time of writing. Photograph: Google Maps

Google has apologised after searches which include the racist slur “nigger” were shown to find the White House in Google Maps. Searches for “ni(...)

US president Barack Obama  has gone to great lengths to break out of the cloistered Washington scene, which he clearly hates. Photograph: Getty Images

The profile is matter-of-fact: “Dad, husband and 44th President of the United States. ” But the first message brimmed with enthusiasm: “Hello, Twitter(...)

Charlie Flanagan: “said the Taoiseach emphasised the need to allow the undocumented Irish to come out of the shadows and be free to travel home for family events’’

Securing relief for undocumented Irish is a Government priority in its contacts with the US, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has told t(...)

Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi. Mr Al-Abadi’s rivals have enjoyed another setback for the prime minister after his failure to retake Anbar province from Islamic State. Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

The campaign to retake Anbar province from Islamic State was supposed to be Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi’s show. The script went like this: US(...)

Suspects stand before a judge during a primary court trial in Kabul earlier this month on charges relating to the mob killing of Farkhunda. Photograph:  Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Eleven Afghan policemen have been jailed for a year for their roles in the mob killing of a woman in Kabul. Judge Safiullah Mojadedi, presiding at Afg(...)

 Displaced Iraqis who were forced to flee their hometowns ahead of gains made by Islamic State (IS) militants in Ramadi, western Iraqi, wait near the Bzebiz bridge crossing the Euphrates River on their way to Baghdad at the weekend. Photograph: EPA

The use of Shia militias to try to take back the Iraqi city of Ramadi from Islamic State risks unleashing more sectarian bloodletting, current and for(...)

Iraqi fighters of the Shia militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous) at their headquarters in the southern city of Basra. A spokesman for the force said  militias were mobilised but are being held back by political resistance from the US-led coalition. Photograph: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Shia militias were mobilising to battle fighters from the Islamic State (IS) in the Iraqi city of Ramadi yesterday as hundreds of residents remained t(...)