A still image  from video footage  shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border. Photograph: EPA

In the blue sky above northern Syria, a dark shape moved. It was a Russian SU-24 attack aircraft. Over the past week, Russian jets based at the Khmeim(...)

 French president Francois Hollande and US president Barack Obama shake hands during a joint news conference at the White House, November 24th, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday the United States and France have agreed to step up strikes in Syria and Iraq to target Islamic Sta(...)

Tangier Island, Virginia, in Chesapeake Bay; The island is just 4ft above sea level so it is vulnerable to the vast expanse of water around it. Photograph: Simon Carswell 2:18

As James “Ooker” Eskridge drives around Tangier Island, which he has represented as mayor for eight years, he stops his electric golf cart next to the(...)

Dragon Oil is in talks over a $10 billion (€9.4 billion) investment for a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to India

Irish-registered exploration firm Dragon Oil is in talks to invest in a $10 billion pipeline to deliver natural gas from Turkmenistan to India, a pote(...)

Irish beef exports to the US are currently limited to high-values steak cuts such as fillet, sirloin and rib-eye. Photograph:  Ilvy Njiokiktjien/AFP/Getty Images

Beef exports to the US have picked up significantly in recent weeks, according to the Department of Agriculture. As of the first week of November, app(...)

Pfizer, the maker of Viagra, is set to merge with Irish-based Allergan, the maker of Botox

Pfizer and Allergan were racing to put the finishing touches to the biggest healthcare deal in history on Sunday afternoon, as the pair prepare to unv(...)

No explosives were found on board a Turkish Airlines flight bound for Turkey that was forced to divert to Halifax in Canada after a bomb threat, Canadian police said on Sunday. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

No explosives were found on board a Turkish Airlines flight bound for Istanbul from New York that was forced to divert to Halifax in Canada after a bo(...)

Throughout Food Month we will have a daily “Guilty Pleasure” feature where well-known faces share their secret treats, from the delicious to the da(...)

US Republican candidate Dr Ben Carson on Syrian refugees: “If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighbourhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs, but you’re putting your intellect into motion.” Photograph: Chris Keane/Reuters 0:36

Republicans were tripping over themselves this week to ratchet up the anti-refugee rhetoric in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, targeting Syrian mi(...)

French President Francois Hollande: Was left clearly shaken by the attacks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In the United States, the turning point that defined George W Bush’s presidency is captured in a single famous photograph. Taken on the morning of Sep(...)