Fearghal McKee, lead singer of Whipping Boy at Feile. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

It was a hell of a year. It was the year Ireland went to the World Cup in Italy and the country turned upside down and inside out. It was the year Nel(...)

People make victory signs during the funeral ceremony of victims of a suicide bomb attack on Monday in Suruc, Turkey, blamed on Islamic State. Experts are questioning the assumption, however, that Islamic State’s defeat is inevitable. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State uses terror to force obedience and frighten enemies. It has seized territory, destroyed antiquities, slaughtered minorities, forced wom(...)

Members of the Assyrian Gozarto Protection Forces, consisting of Sutoro militia, a pro-Syrian government Syriac Christian movement, and other Assyrian fighters rest and drink tea before heading to  the front line in the battle against  Islamic State in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh on July 13th. Photograph: Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State’s reclusive leader has empowered his inner circle of deputies as well as regional commanders in Syria and Iraq with wide-ranging authori(...)

Former US president George HW Bush was transported to hospital on Wednesday. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

Former US president George HW Bush suffered a neck fracture in a fall at his home in Maine on Wednesday, though he was listed in stable condition and (...)

‘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(...)