A handout photo made available by the French Army  shows two ‘Rafale’ fighter jets during a mission at an unspecified location over Iraq

France yesterday became the second western country to conduct air strikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq. “This morning, at 9.40am, o(...)

Gen Martin E Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, described the current phase of operations against Islamic State as “extraordinarily complex”. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The US air campaign to thwart the advance of fighters from the Islamic State has been the easy part of President Barack Obama’s strategy in Iraq an(...)

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) with British prime minister David Cameron. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

The European Union, Nato and a host of international countries gave a strong welcome to the Scottish referendum result yesterday.European Commission (...)

French president Francois Hollande said  France launched its first airstrikes today against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq, a day after he said his country would join the US-led aerial campaign against the jihadists. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time today, expanding a US-led military campaign against militants who have (...)

Richie Boucher: interviewed for NYT pullout

Speaking of US-Irish relations, the denizens of New York were treated, if that’s the word, to a celebration of our State’s economic exploits last week(...)

Fewer than one in three of today’s members of the United States House of Representatives were in Congress in 2002 for the vote that authorised Preside(...)

Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko acknowledges applause while addressing a joint meeting of Congress in  Washington yesterday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko asked the United States for lethal military aid to resist advances of Russian-backed separatists in a forceful pl(...)

US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley speaking with Missouri senator Claire McCaskill at confirmation hearing before the Senate foreign relations committee in July.

Irish-American lawyer Kevin O’Malley was approved by the US Senate as the new ambassador to Ireland, finally confirming his appointment to a role that(...)

A photograph made from a video released today by the jihadist affiliated group Furqan Media allegedly shows a British hostage of Islamic State (IS) talking about a series of videos in which he will appear revealing the truth about IS, at an unidentified location. Photograph: EPA

A man identified as British journalist John Cantlie has purportedly appeared as a captive of Islamic State militants in a video posted by the organisa(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (left) shakes hands with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko at a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington today. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The United States pledged $53 million (€41 million) in fresh aid to Ukraine today for its struggle against Russia’s incursion, including counter-morta(...)