It is possible to love a place the way one loves a person, and everyone loves Paris: tributes at the base of the Monument a la Republique at the Place de la Republique square. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

In the hours and days that followed the killing of 130 people in Paris on November 13th, I received an unprecedented number of texts and emails from f(...)

US Republican candidate Dr Ben Carson on Syrian refugees: “If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighbourhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs, but you’re putting your intellect into motion.” Photograph: Chris Keane/Reuters

Republicans were tripping over themselves this week to ratchet up the anti-refugee rhetoric in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, targeting Syrian mi(...)

French President Francois Hollande: Was left clearly shaken by the attacks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In the United States, the turning point that defined George W Bush’s presidency is captured in a single famous photograph. Taken on the morning of Sep(...)

A man attaches a banne to a statue at Place de la Republique near sites of the deadly attacks in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Two themes have emerged from the horrific slaughter of at least 129 people in Paris on Friday night: that France is engaged in an all-out war with Isl(...)

Paula Douglas, who was adopted in Ireland and now lives in the United States, pictured with her daughter Caitlin

Paula Douglas has known she was adopted from as early as she can remember. Her Irish mother Lil Holmes told her when she was four. Yet, she rem(...)

Ahmed Chalabi: his group was blamed for false information about Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Ahmed Chalabi, who has died aged 71, was an Iraqi politician who helped persuade the United States to invade Iraq in 2003 and then unsuccessfully tri(...)

Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi politician who from exile helped persuade the United States to invade Iraq in 2003. Photograph: the New York Times

Ahmed Chalabi, chief proponent of US-enforced regime change in Iraq, died yesterday at the age of 71 in Baghdad, where he headed the Shia fundamentali(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  is completely right about the record: historically, the economy has indeed done better under Democrats. Photograph: Katherine Taylor/Reuters

Last week the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed article by Carly Fiorina titled “Hillary Clinton Flunks Economics”, ridiculing Clinton’s assertio(...)

 Tony Blair and George Bush meeting in the Azores in 2003. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

A previously secret memo has given an insight into Tony Blair’s talks with US president George W Bush in the run-up to the Iraq War. The document, wri(...)

Liberal judges have dissented from conservative majority decisions with language that was equally vehement and that also questioned the majority’s sincerity

The Irish and US Constitutions both recognise a right to same sex marriage. While the Irish decision was a result of over a million “yes” votes, the U(...)