Michéal Martin’s father Paddy in an Irish Army uniform

Micheál Martin’s spidery writing is all over the printout of an email sent to him by his cousin outlining his family connections. Like many extended I(...)

US president Barack Obama and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu after meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington DC, in 2010. File photograph: Ron Sachs/Getty Images

US House of Representatives speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consultin(...)

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Inc. known as SpaceX, is “going to try and do for satellites what we’ve done for rockets”. ( Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Bloomberg)

The world according to Elon Musk is about to get more ambitious -- ranging from a Seattle engineering office to develop and launch satellites to the (...)

Relatives of an AirAsia QZ8501 passenger, whose body was recovered, leave following a handover ceremony in Surabaya, East Java on Monday. An Indonesian naval patrol vessel has found what could be the tail of the crashed passenger jet, the section where the crucial black box voice and flight data recorders are located. Photograph: Reuters

An Indonesian naval patrol vessel has found what could be the tail of a crashed AirAsia passenger jet, the section where the crucial black box voice a(...)

Dark clouds fill the sky during the search in the Java Sea for passengers on board AirAsia flight QZ8501. Photograph: Reuters/Beawiharta

Bad weather forced divers trying to identify sunken wreckage from a crashed AirAsia passenger jet to abort their mission yesterday and Indonesian offi(...)

Billionaire Jack Ma,  the 50-year-old founder of China’s biggest e-commerce company Alibaba, saw added $25bn to his fortune.  (Photograph: Ashley Pon/Bloomberg)

The richest people on Earth got richer in 2014, adding $92 billion to their collective fortune in the face of falling energy prices and geopolitical t(...)

A search team member looks out over  the Java Sea near Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan,  for potential debris from AirAsia Flight  QZ8501 on December 30th, 2014.  Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Investigators of the AirAsia flight which crashed into the sea off Indonesia are focusing on the timing of the crew’s request to climb to a higher alt(...)

The US Congress approved an annual defense policy bill on Friday that has been sent to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

The US Congress approved an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes American training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State (...)

US president Barack Obama  is unlikely to heed external calls for CIA torturers to be held to account and prosecuted.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The firestorm sparked by the US Senate report into brutal CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects during the George W Bush era and claims that the agency lie(...)

US president Barack Obama, seen through a teleprompter,  at the White House in Washington yesterday, where he announced new actions to invest in and expand access to high-quality early learning opportunities across the country. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Simon CarswellWashington CorrespondentThe firestorm sparked by the US Senate report into brutal CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects during the George W B(...)