NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly prepares before the launch of the Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station ISS in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, sending a US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts on their wa(...)

Joan Burton said Irish people were sympathetic to Greece, reflected in their €350 million contribution to its EU/IMF programme, but that Ireland wanted to see more progress on tackling corruption and boosting tax revenue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called on Greece to make credible progress in boosting the tax take and fighting corruption before it receives the final €7 b(...)

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Seán Sherlock has said that the use of Shannon Airport by the US is compatible with the State’s policy of neutrality, in response to a bill proposed by Independent TD Mick Wallace. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The State had not entered into a military alliance with the US or with any other country or organisation, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Seán S(...)

Shoppers walk past and look at a board displaying food prices at a shopping mall in central Beijing. Photogrpah: David Gray/Reuters

It’s jokingly referred to as “the noodle bowl” - Asia’s tangled mass of bilateral free-trade agreements (FTAs).The slow pace of global trade talks ov(...)

Open about sexuality: DIT students held Stand Up 4 Love, a comedy and music night at Vicar Street, in support of a Yes vote in the marriage-equality referendum

Ireland has witnessed significant social change and sometimes dizzying levels of diversity in recent decades. Does that extend to a new willingness to(...)

Ireland’s beef trade is the single biggest component of the country’s €10 billion food and drink export business.

Farmers’ groups have reacted angrily to a report suggesting the proposed EU-US trade deal is likely to damage Irish beef exports.According to an asses(...)

Amanda Knox has been acquitted of murder by a top Italian court. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters 1:42

An Italian court has overturned the conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. The decision (...)

A carnival float in Mainz, Germany, satirising the transatlantic trade talks. Photograph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

It’s a task that makes sense only by the logic of international trade strictures – which is why negotiators for the EU and the US are eager to change (...)

Yemeni supporters of the Shia Houthi militia hold a portrait the movement’s leader, Abdul-Malik al-Huthi, yesterday.

Yemen’s president, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, left his refuge in Aden under Saudi protection yesterday and arrived in Saudi Arabia as Houthi rebels fou(...)

 Willie Walsh: the IAG chief executive   has pledged to maintain Aer Lingus flights from the State to Heathrow for five years. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/PhotoCall Ireland

Government officials could meet representatives of International Airlines Group (IAG) again next week as talks over the €1.36-billion bid for Aer Lin(...)