‘None of these criticisms is likely to dent Blair’s belief in his own righteousness. He is doubtless buoyed by regular, gushes of praise for his involvement in the making of the Belfast Agreement.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tony Blair is set to step down as Middle East “peace envoy” for the Quartet – the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States. He(...)

“ ‘We are not seeking a grand bargain’, said John Kerry in Riyadh after his nuclear talks with Iranian ministers in Switzerland.”  Photograph: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

‘We are not seeking a grand bargain”, said United States secretary of state John Kerry in Riyadh after his nuclear talks with Iranian ministers in Swi(...)

Pictured are nine of the ‘hooded men’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Several men detained by the British army in 1971 want the High Court to compel the State decide whether to seek to revise a controversial European Cou(...)

Key players: former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbatchev, former US president George Bush and former German chancellor Helmut Kohl

329 days. Eleven months between the opening of the Wall and the “day of German unity”, the day when the two Germanys came together formally as (...)

Ann Sullivan: ‘an almost instinctive artistic flair’. Photograph: Press 22

To those who passed by her charming but inconspicuous antique and collectibles shop on Nicholas Street, Limerick, Ann Sullivan, who has died aged 76, (...)

Islamic militants have released a new propaganda video appearing to feature British hostage John Cantlie, the SITE Intel Group, which monitors online Jihadist postings, said. Image: SITE Intel Group via Reuters TV.

Islamic militants have released a new propaganda video appearing to feature British hostage John Cantlie. The clip - the second showing the journalist(...)

Imam Ibrahim Noonan at the entrance to the Maryam Mosque on the Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Imam Ibrahim Noonan began celebrating the Qu’ran in a housing estate in Galway, his hope was that the temporary mosque in Wellpark would be repla(...)

Eduard Shevardnadze, who has died aged 86, was Mikhail Gorbachev’s foreign minister from 1985 onwards and played a key part in guiding Russia towards (...)

Howard H Baker Jr, a soft-spoken Tennessee lawyer who has died aged 88, served three terms in the Senate, was the chamber’s Republican leader and earn(...)

Inspired by courage: Linor Abargil, left, and film-maker Cecilia Peck

In 1998, seven weeks before winning the Miss World pageant, 18-year-old Linor Abargil was raped. Fellow Israeli Uri Shlomo was meant to help her ge(...)