Charlie Flanagan: “said the Taoiseach emphasised the need to allow the undocumented Irish to come out of the shadows and be free to travel home for family events’’

Securing relief for undocumented Irish is a Government priority in its contacts with the US, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has told t(...)

Children play near the final hideout of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP

The raid on the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin Laden and the intelligence leading to the attack have been a source of fasc(...)

Pope Francis and Cuban President Raul Castro will meet  in the Vatican next Sunday. Photograph: iampiero Sposito/Reuters

In an not entirely surprising move, the Holy See has announced the Cuban President Raul Castro will meet with Pope Francis for a private audience in t(...)

Labour leader Ed Milibandtakes part in a special BBC ‘Question Time’ programme with the three main party leaders appearing separately. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire 2:25

Labour leader, Ed Miliband has insisted that he will not “lop off bits of my manifesto” to reach a deal with the Scottish National Party after the Ma(...)

Pope Francis’s September visit to Cuba will precede his journey to Washington, New York and Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Getty Images

Cuba’s foreign minister has welcomed the Vatican announcement that Pope Francis is to visit the country en route to the US in September. Vatican spoke(...)

A perilous escalation

Yemen’s civil war is becoming a humanitarian catastrophe, a playing field for regional rivalries and a spoiler in the geopolitical detente between the(...)

A video taken by a bystander shows the officer firing eight times as the man fled. Video still: New York Times 2:02

The South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black man who was running away from him has been fired and the remai(...)

China’s President Xi Jinping (centre) poses for photos with guests at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launch ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Takaki Yajima/Reuters

Last week saw the deadline to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-led lender aiming to provide loans (...)

An important breakthrough

Although the devil is in the detail – to be finalised by June 30th – and the final few paragraphs of international agreements are often the most diffi(...)

President Barack Obama with Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu. The White House has castigated  Netanyahu for comments made on the election stump. Photograph:  Jason Reed/Reuters

It is fair to say that relations between the United States and Israel are at their poorest in decades. Allegations of spying, interference in domestic(...)