President Barack Obama and US Vice President Joe Biden  in the private dining room of the White House yesterday.  According to reports, the Obama administration denied that press access to the meeting had anything to do the  revelations released in the memoir of former defence secretary Robert Gates. Photograph:   Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images

The White House and former Obama administration aides have spoken out against stinging criticism levelled by former US defence secretary Robert Gates (...)

People eat during a new year’s meal for the homeless and poor provided by the city of Athens on January 1st. ‘No one gives a damn about Greece’s economic or domestic wellbeing, provided it toes the line in relation to geopolitical manoeuvring.’ Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Writing this within view of the Albanian mountains – so close that they seem to spring up in our village street – makes it clear how intricately conne(...)

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(...)

Bank of Ireland came under fire this week for raising the age at which older customers qualify for free banking.

The need for taxation, historically, has been to finance wars. There is some evidence that China was probably the first country to impose taxes on inc(...)

Chilean President Gen Augusto Pinochet salutes during the Indendence Day celebration in Santiago, Chile on September 18th, 1985.

We are reminded today, on the 40th anniversary of the Gen Augusto Pinochet’s blood-sodden coup in Chile, of a cruel dictatorship that still casts a pa(...)

For half a century, Sir David Frost, who has died aged 74, was hardly ever off television, from 1960s satire on the BBC to encounters with the great a(...)

Late former US president Richard Nixon with his wife Pat and daughter   Tricia, resigning  on August 9th, 1974, in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Photograph: Reuters

Just hours after a national address promising “no whitewash” of Watergate, President Richard M Nixon privately urged his new attorney general not to (...)

Faces of Cork. From top left: Robert Ziegler, Colonel Barry Hanan, Prof Máire Mulcahy, Billy McGill, Flynn Johansson, Clodagh McKenna, Leslie Buckley and Derval O’Rourke. Photographs: Michael Sheehan, David Cantwell and John Daly

A photographic exhibition that seeks to capture the essence of Cork city in a collection of 60 faces was unveiled yesterday. A fisherman, a film-maker(...)

A South Korean soldier looks to the north through a pair of binoculars at an observation post near the demilitarised zone that separates the two Koreas in Paju, north of Seoul. Photograph: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Office workers and shoppers throng the streets of Seoul. The bars and restaurants of downtown Jung-gu are crowded with people winding down for (...)

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