Richard Attenborough in 2008: the film Gandhi marked the pinnacle of his career. Photograph: Getty Images 0:50

Richard Attenborough, the film director who chronicled the end of British colonial rule in India with his Oscar-winning epic Gandhi and performed in m(...)

Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, stand guard near Mosul dam at the town of Chamibarakat outside Mosul in Iraq yesterday.  Photograph: AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

Kurdish forces have taken control of most of Iraq’s largest dam after battling Islamic State fighters in nearby villages, reversing some of gains m(...)

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who had fled  violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part  in a demonstration at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province, yesterday.  Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Nuri al-Maliki has given up his fight to remain prime minister of Iraq and now supports his replacement, Haider al-Abadi, state television has reporte(...)

A Hawker Hunter jet does a practice run over Bray ahead of tomorrow’s Bray Air Display 2014
What’s on this weekend

Military Guard Ceremony A ceremonial military guard is to parade in Dublin today as part of an initiative to remember members of the Defence Forces wh(...)

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Cenotaph in Coleraine.

Queen Elizabeth concluded her busy three-day visit to Northern Ireland by travelling to Coleraine, Co Derry, yesterday to lay a wreath at the town’s (...)

Sub-Lieutenant Michael d’Alton, who joined the Royal Navy in 1942,  is an Irish veteran of the D-Day landings. He said he joined the Royal Navy to try and stop ‘that awful German monster’.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times. 9:45

Ireland was neutral in the second World War, but neutrality did not extend to the tens of thousands of Irish people who joined the Allied cause. One o(...)

A pro-Russian activist directs traffic at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Druzhkovka yesterday. Russia’s envoy to Nato has accused the  alliance of encouraging the use of force by the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine and of hampering efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters.

Nato defence ministers will consider today what longer term steps the alliance needs to take to bolster its eastern defences and improve its ability (...)

 The President Micheal D Higgins and his wife Sabina departing for their State visit to Britain at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel today. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has arrived in London for the first ever State visit to Britain by an Irish president. Mr Higgins and his wif(...)

Family members of passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 hold a banner during a protest outside Lido Hotel in Beijing today. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters.

Chinese ships trawled a new area in the Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysian passenger jet today, as the search for flight MH370 entered its fo(...)

A Chinese family member of a passenger on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight screams as she is being dragged from the media conference area at a Kuala Lumpur hotel yesterday.  photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Authorities in Sepang said yesterday that they were trying to recover data deleted from a flight simulator custom-built by the pilot of the mis(...)