The tower of an airstrip at Thitu island (Pag-asa) in the disputed Spratly islands. The US was critical when China unilaterally declared an air defence identification zone over disputed waters in the East China Sea in 2013. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The US navy says that China is building a “great wall of sand” in the South China Sea, and this is raising serious questions about its intentions i(...)

 Actor Liam Neeson, who will narrate the Easter Rising documentary The Irish Rebellion. The   documentary’s premier will be simulcasted in Irish embassies across the world to local audiences.  Photograph: Andrew H Walker/Getty Images

A €2.8 million documentary that will be the centrepiece of the television coverage of the Easter Rising centenary will be screened simultaneously in I(...)

The Longines Global Champions Tour at Horse Guards Parade Ground, London, last year: the Swiss watchmaker has a strong relationship with equine sports.  Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Swiss watchmaker Longines will be title sponsor of the showpiece Irish Champions Weekend racing festival at Leopardstown and the Curragh next Septembe(...)

The burial of Irish US marine Liam Flynn at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia yesterday. Flynn, from Clane, Co Kildare, was aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed last month in Navarre, Florida. Photograph: Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com 1:30

Irish-American Liam Flynn, the US special forces marine killed in a helicopter crash off Florida last month, was laid to rest at an emotional ceremony(...)

A commemoration parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the Easter 1916 Rising passes the GPO in Dublin city centre in 2006. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times 7:08

A year-long Easter Rising commemorative programme with the emphasis on remembrance and reconciliation has been unveiled by the Government. The program(...)

 Indian fishermen silhuetted by the rising sun as they prepare for an early morning catch at the banks of Narmada river in Nemawar district Dewas, 200km from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. Photograph: EPA/SAJNEEV GUPTA

While much of the reporting focus in recent months has been on China’s economic slowdown, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) believes India is poised to(...)

Australian captain Michael Clarke is presented the ICC World Cup Trophy by ICC chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasanafter winning the  World Cup final against New Zealand at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photograph: Getty Images

International Cricket Council president Mustafa Kamal has threatened to reveal details of “mischievous things” he claims are taking place at the world(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott and Russian president Vladimir Putin cuddle koalas before the start of the first G20 meeting in November 2014. Photograph: Andrew Taylor/G20 Australia/Getty Images

The personal details of world leaders such as US president Barack Obama and British prime minister David Cameron, including passport numbers and visa (...)

Social solidarity: Members of the North Leitrim Men’s Group – John Maguire, Thomas Happ, Pat Love, Pat Kerrigan, Des Hand and Pat McMorrow. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The Department of Social Protection has been accused of being “hell bent on closing down” a men’s group which was set up to counter social isolation i(...)

Australia’s batsman Steve Smith acknowledges the crowd after scoring his century during his Cricket World Cup semi-final match against India. Photograph: Reuters

For the second successive World Cup the joint hosts will contest the final. Australia against New Zealand, a final of which the organisers might have (...)