Protesters in Baghdad’s parliament building after breaching the heavily fortified Green Zone:  they demand electricity, water and an end to corruption and the ethno-sectarian regime imposed on Iraq in 2003. Photograph:  Ahmed Saad/Reuters

The protests in Baghdad pose a major challenge to the government led by prime minister Haidar al-Abadi. The demonstrators include not only followers o(...)

U2 guitarist The Edge, whose real name is David Evans, poses with Irish bishop Paul Tighe before listening to US vice-president Joe Biden speak at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

U2 guitarist The Edge has become the first rock star to play in the Sistine Chapel, a venue he described as “the most beautiful parish hall in the wor(...)

President Barack Obama speaks at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in  Washington on Saturday. Photograph: AP

President Barack Obama poked fun at Hillary Clinton’s lack of appeal among young people Saturday night, joking at the annual White House press corps d(...)

 Pope Francis   with US vice-president Joe Biden. Photograph: AFP Photo/Osservatore Romano

For the second time in this US election year, a senior Democratic figure, on Friday, dropped in on Pope Francis at the Vatican.   Two weeks’ ag(...)

Followers of Iraqi Shia   cleric, politician and militia leader, Moqtada al-Sadr,  protesting  outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone last week. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

With tens of thousands of protesters marching in the streets of Baghdad to demand changes in government, Iraq’s Shia prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, (...)

Panti Bliss has come in 29th place in the Time 100 readers poll of the world’s most influential people. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Panti Bliss has come in 29th place in the Time 100 readers’ poll of the world’s most influential people. The poll asked online readers to cast their (...)

US president Barack Obama  at the annual Friends of Ireland Lunch at the US Capitol in Washington, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the table,  March 15th, 2016. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan warmed up Taoiseach Enda Kenny, President Barack Obama and the rest of the audience at his St Pat(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny introducing US president Barack Obama at the start of his visit to Ireland in 2011. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish eyes will be on the political capital of the world, Washington DC, today where Taoiseach Enda Kenny pays perhaps the last of his annual visits t(...)

US president Barack Obama  smiles as he waits for reporters to enter the room as he welcomes Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has met with US president Barack Obama in the White House as part of a day-long programme of events in the United States (...)

In wide-ranging interviews with the Atlantic magazine, US president Barack Obama likened Islamic State to the Joker in The Dark Knight, the 2008 Batman movie. The Middle East, Mr Obama said, was like Gotham, a corrupt metropolis controlled by a cartel of thugs. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama believes that Saudi Arabia, one of America’s most important allies in the Middle East, needs to learn how to “share” the reg(...)