‘Larry Goodman’s fortune in the 1980s was built on his brilliant and relentless use of the massive EU and State subsidies available to the beef industry.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

I have never taken LSD but Irish politics reminds me that I don’t need to. The flashbacks to bad trips keep coming without chemical assistance. A liti(...)

The Iraqi politician Tariq Aziz, who has died aged 79, was one of the most instantly recognisable faces of Saddam Hussein‘s regime. Since the 1980s, (...)

Then Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz in Baghdad in 2003.  Photograph: Samir Mezban/Reuters

Tariq Aziz, who was foreign minister of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has died in prison, Iraqi officials said on Friday. He was 79. Aziz surrendered in (...)

Syrian soldiers guard the Temple of Bel in Palmyra before its capture this week. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

The seizure of the central Iraqi town of Ramadi by the forces of Islamic State raises crucial questions for the government of Iraq and the internation(...)

Syrian soldiers at the Temple of Bel, an ancient stone ruin, in Palmyra before it fell to Islamic State. Syrian state television reported tonight that Islamic State, which has  destroyed antiquities and ancient monuments in Iraq, was trying to enter the city’s historical sites. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times 1:07

Islamic State militants stormed the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, seizing it from government forces in fierce fighting as civilians were evacua(...)

Jeb Bush’s  foreign policy team is led by people who were directly involved in concocting a false case for war. Photograph: Alvin Baez/Reuters

Surprise! It turns out there’s something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make a run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, w(...)

George W Bush (left) with Jeb Bush in 2006. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

It isn’t about what we know now. It’s about what we knew then. It is simply not true, as Republican presidential aspirant Scott Walker said on Friday,(...)

Google has got to be easily the best-known new word of our time. It is also said to be a mistake. At least some people insist this is the case. It has(...)

US army trainers watch as an Iraqi recruit fires at a military base in Taji, Iraq.They are teaching members of the Iraqi Army, as the Iraqi government tries to recover territory lost to IS last year. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, according to reports.A source in Iraq (...)

Government forces in Iraq believe they have killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein’s former deputy who later allied himself with Islamic State militants. Photographs: EPA.

Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former aide to late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and a leader of Iraq’s Sunni insurgency, may have been killed by Iraqi fo(...)