Democratic senator from California Dianne Feinstein speaks to the media outside the Senate chamber after the release of a report on Bush-era CIA torture policies. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The word “torture” is mentioned on 82 of the 525 pages of a US Senate committee’s report into the CIA’s use of torture in interrogations of al-Qaeda s(...)

Irish commissioner designate Phil Hogan. The EU’s response to Russian sanctions is likely to be foremost in the minds of MEPs, as will the EU-US trade deal. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Next Monday morning the first of 27 public hearings begins in Brussels as MEPs question incoming European Union commissioners about their suitabili(...)

Fr Patrick Devine with executive director of the Kennedy Institute  Peter Cassells.

The Edward M Kennedy Institute in Maynooth has agreed a partnership with the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (SCCRR) in Kenya(...)

After protests about imperialism, Condoleezza Rice pulled out of her speech at Rutgers University. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

There has been much mockery of political correctness run amok on college campuses this spring, with knots of know-it-all students and teachers knifing(...)

Stephen Schwarzman: has contributed €73 million to his scholarship programme

Wall Street mogul Stephen Schwarzman, whose Blackstone firm is one of the most biggest global players in the private equity business, held a groundbre(...)

 Tom Clancy  at his home in Huntingtown, Maryland

Tom Clancy, who has died aged 66, dominated the bestseller lists of the 1980s with a series of novels that thrust his CIA analyst hero Jack Ryan into (...)

Dr Richard Haass insisted the Northern Ireland negotiations would finish and recommendations for future action would be published by the end of December. 
Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The first plenary session of talks involving the main Stormont parties to resolve problems linked to parades, flags and legacy issues have been descri(...)

US diplomat Richard Haass (centre) assisted by Harvard professor Meghan O’Sullivan (right) during round table Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The first plenary session of talks involving the main Stormont parties to resolve problems linked to parades, flags and legacy issues have been descri(...)