A US flag flies in front of the Brandenburg Gate, near the US embassy in Berlin. Germany’s expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin is close to a diplomatic nuclear option and is unprecedented in the postwar history of German-US relations. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

A few years before he died in 2006, the former East German spy chief Markus Wolf, known as “the man without a face”, told me about the qualities he(...)

Gerard Denneny: “The hotel scene here [New York] has become much more competitive over the years.”

New York isn’t an easy place in which to succeed. This is especially true for those brave enough to work in the hospitality sector, arguably one of th(...)

With questions that drew real life into the maths exam, Project Maths is doing what it says on the tin: drug trials, unemployment and charity fundrais(...)

Eoghan O Ronain, Alex Browne and Eliza Van Veen   discuss the Leaving Cert maths paper after completing it at Coláiste Mhuire, Crosshaven, Co Cork, today.  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

There was a collective sigh of relief as students across the country opened Mathematics Paper 1.While debate around the new Project Maths syllabus and(...)

Full list of candidates The redrawing of electoral boundaries has thrust many of Kilkenny’s 57 local election candidates into unfamiliar territory(...)

CIA director John Brennan

It is five years since US president Barack Obama ended the controversial renditions, interrogations and detention programme led by the Central (...)

A report concludes that the CIA misled Congress on the scope, usefulness and reporting of the severe interrogations programme introduced by George W Bush’s administration in response to the 9-11 terror attacks. Photograph: Eriko Sugita/Reuters

In the 2012 film Zero Dark Thirty , Hollywood’s depiction of events leading up to the death (...)

Organisers  gesture for reporters to leave a room where officials from Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation  are meeting with members of a joint working group sent by the Chinese government to Malaysia after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at a hotel at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport today. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters 1:00

Malaysia's military has traced what could have been the jetliner missing for almost five days to an area south of the Thai holiday island of Ph(...)

Senator Dianne Feinstein walks off the Senate floor after speaking about the CIA in Washington, DC, yesterday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Central Intelligence Agency and a powerful Senate committee overseeing the activities of the US spying ag(...)

Gather ye people:  the St Patrick’s Festival invited up to 8,000 people from around the world to march in the Dublin parade. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

  As the fireworks go off at the New Year’s Eve Countdown Concert on College Green on Tuesday, there will be some justifiable self-congrat(...)