Nicolas Hulot: President François Hollande’s special envoy for the climate and a chief organiser of COP21:  “The real question is will it be half a success, a full success or an absolute success?”Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

The COP21 UN climate conference will begin on Monday amid uncertainty about the content of the final agreement, and nervousness over security(...)

President Barack Obama: is celebrating Thanksgiving at the White House. File Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The White House is on lockdown on Thursday after a person jumped the fence, and was immediately caught. Despite the quick capture, the pre(...)

 A still image shows a burning trail as a Russian  plane comes down after being shot near the Turkish-Syrian border. Photograph: Haberturk TV Channel/EPA

Russia accused Turkey of abetting Islamic State and warned of “serious consequences” for relations between the two countries, after Ankara’s forces sh(...)

French president Francois Hollande talks with Barack Obama during a meeting at the Oval Office in  the White House. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

France and the United States have agreed to step up their fight against Islamic State, pledging to increase co-operation and expand air strikes agains(...)

 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(...)

French security forces stormed a building in the early hours of Wednesday November 18th, in Saint Denis, Paris, where the suspected planner of the  Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was hiding. Photograph: Jerome Groisard/Ministere de l’Interieur – Dicom via AP

The man who provided lodging for the presumed planner of the Paris attacks will go before an anti-terrorism judge on Tuesday evening as the hunt for s(...)

Intrade fell foul of US regulators following the last race to the White House

Intrade, the once high-profile Irish online betting business that fell foul of US regulators following the last White House race, looks set to be woun(...)

Security staff at work at the site of the COP21 climate summit at Le Bourget, near Paris. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Security will be stepped up for the global climate summit in Paris, with civil and military forces deployed to guard the venue where 140 world leaders(...)

President Obama last year criticised US firms for becoming “magically” Irish through takeovers

It’s not us, it’s you. This should be the response to any political criticism directed Ireland’s way as multinationals swap American head-office addre(...)

Co-ordination: French president Francois Hollande talks to British prime minister David Cameron after a meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

President Francois Hollande is retaliating with diplomatic and military means against Islamic State for the November 13th attacks that killed 130 peop(...)