Senator Edward Kennedy giving a news conference about an immigration bill in Washington on May 16th, 2007. A new book about the late politician by his youngest son has provoked strife within the Kennedy family. Photograph: Jamie Rose/The New York Times

The real-life American soap opera that is The Kennedys continued this week with the latest episode being a very public row between immediate family me(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. After his last re-election five years ago prompting a brutal police crackdown and the arrest of hundreds of people, including several presidential candidates. Photograph: Nikolai Petrov/Belta/Pool/EPA

The European Union is poised to suspend sanctions on autocratic Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and his allies, if Sunday’s election brings no (...)

ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty said the company was disappointed with the judgment. Photograph: Alan Betson

The ESB is to appeal a High Court ruling that found it was substantially responsible for flooding that caused an estimated €90 million of damage in C(...)

 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker: “We must make efforts towards a practical relationship with Russia . . . that must be the case. We can’t go on like this.” Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

The European Commission has denied there are divisions within the European Union over Russia following comments about EU policy by Jean-Claude Junc(...)

Men on motorcycles inspect a site hit by what activists said were air strikes carried out by the Russian air force in the town of Babila, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipme(...)

The Statue of Liberty, New York. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of Irish students travelling to the US on J1 work visas could fall by up to 80 per cent if they are forced to find jobs before they travel (...)

The use of Fás’s credit card to pay over $900 for a three-ball golf match at the Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando was defended as “developing relationships”. Photograph: Getty Images

If there was a moment which crystallised public outrage over State officials’ sense of entitlement and disregard for taxpayers’ money, it came on the (...)

Afghans donate blood for those injured in Kunduz fighting, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The bombing of a hospital in Kunduz killed 22 people, 12 of them Médecins Sans Frontières staff. Photograph: Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

While the US frequently calls for the transfer of high-profile fugitives into the hands of the International Criminal Court, it has been notable this (...)

Ireland will have to act wisely, observing which way the wind is blowing, measuring its response, and all the while seeking to preserve the benefits of its vital foreign direct investment sector

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing in relation to the taxation of multinationals. Whether it’s Margaret Hodge in Westmi(...)

A handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres shows the hospital in Kunduz. Photograph: MSF handout/EPA 0:51

Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it is ‘disgusted’ by Afghan government claims justifying a suspected US air strike that kill(...)