Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin has accused its political opponents of using the murders of Kevin McGuigan and Gerard “Jock” Davidson to attack the party in the lead up t(...)

A  mural in west Belfast from 2005, the year the IRA announced the ending of its armed campaign. Photograph:  Paul McErlane/Getty Images

The admission by Det Supt Kevin Geddes, the PSNI officer in charge of the Kevin McGuigan murder inquiry, that the Provisional IRA still exists, has ac(...)

NWA

The gangsta rap revival is in full swing. The release later this month of the film Straight Outta Compton, about the life and times of NWA, will sh(...)

President George W Bush presents Robert Conquest with the presidential medal of freedom. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Among western historians of the Soviet Union, Robert Conquest, who has died aged 98, had a unique place. In 1989-1990 his account of the terror of the(...)

Eight people were found dead inside a home following the arrest of David Conley, who exchanged gunfire with police, Texas authorities said Sunday. Photograph: David J Phillip/AP Photo 1:46

A 48-year-old man has been arrested an charged in connection with the deaths of eight members of a Texas family who were shot dead in their home at th(...)

Amendments to the Government’s climate change legislation will take the bare look off its commitment to engage seriously with global warming issues at(...)

A Royal Mail commemorative stamp from a set marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Photograph: PRESS ASSOCIATION

‘I’m the commander, see,” George Bush insisted in 2003.”I don’t need to explain – I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting th(...)

The Iraqi politician Tariq Aziz, who has died aged 79, was one of the most instantly recognisable faces of Saddam Hussein‘s regime. Since the 1980s, (...)

US president Barack Obama  has gone to great lengths to break out of the cloistered Washington scene, which he clearly hates. Photograph: Getty Images

The profile is matter-of-fact: “Dad, husband and 44th President of the United States. ” But the first message brimmed with enthusiasm: “Hello, Twitter(...)

Bono said: “It’s just some smart people we have working for us trying to be sensible about the way we’re taxed.” File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

It is nearly four years since U2’s headline gig at Glastonbury, where activists clashed with security after unfurling a banner asking “U pay tax 2?”Ho(...)