Former US president Richard Nixon and  his secretary of state Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office on September 21st, 1973. Photograph: AP Photo

That Henry Kissinger is – and will remain – a controversial figure is certain. As national security adviser and secretary of state under the US pre(...)

Cristina Kirchner’s backing of Daniel Scioli only followed her failure to find a candidate among her own inner circle. Photograph: Reuters/Enrique Marcarian

If there was ever a question about what the investment community thinks of Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner, recent market activity is clearing(...)

     Rupert Murdoch and Chinese president Xi Jinping: Xi offered  assurances to the News Corp chairman that China would remain open to overseas journalists, despite the government withholding residence visas for foreign reporters. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s first official visit as head of state to the US will highlight the stark differences that remain between the world’s la(...)

Donald Trump speaks at a rally  in Mobile, Alabama. Photograph:  Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Some blondes have all the fun. As Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush get more testy, Donald Trump gets more chesty. And more blond. It’s mind-boggling to co(...)

Cork disability activist Joanne O’Riordan  is among the nominees for the Junior Chamber International Ten Outstanding Young People. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Cork disability activist Joanne O’Riordan has been nominated for an international award previously bestowed upon both John F Kennedy and Henry Kissing(...)

The historic deal struck in Vienna could not have happened without Ayatollah Ali  Khameni’s blessing. File photograph: EPA/Supremem leader official website

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has weathered some critical moments over the last quarter of a century- the US-led invasion of Iraq in (...)

The State funeral procession of late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore. Photograph: Alphonsus Chern/EPA

Grieving Singaporeans were joined by world leaders on Sunday to pay their final respects to the country’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, as the (...)

In 1985, Paul Simon broke the cultural boycott of Apartheid-era South Africa to make Gracelands, much to the anger of many, including Steve Van Zandt.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

It’s the sort of question that might come up at a particularly rarefied pub quiz (which, in its own way, sounds like something Hieronymus Bosch mig(...)

Grassroots protest: demonstrators outside Grove Hotel in Watford, during the annual Bilderberg conference in 2013. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The news on Friday that Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has been asked to join the storied Bilderberg conference prompts the obvious question:(...)

Jeb Bush: the last two presidents in his party were his father and brother, and his brother crashed the family station wagon into the globe. Photograph: Jim Young / Reuters

I had been keeping an open mind on Jeb Bush. I mean, sure, as Florida governor, he helped his brother snatch the 2000 election. And that led to two de(...)