Alfie Martin: the 95-year-old second World War hero called on councillors at Belfast City Hall to fulfill the promise of peace the end of the war had brought elsewhere. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Alfie Martin, a 95-year-old second World War hero, caught the current mood at Belfast City Hall yesterday. The war was supposed to be about “peace in(...)

Defence Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Conor Doyle, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and Secretary General at the Department of Defence Maurice Quinn at the launch of the new White Paper on Defence at Dublin Castle last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney.

Many years ago during a defence debate in another jurisdiction, an opposition member with a military background was trying to make a point. He argued (...)

 Anthony Sadler (left), Alek Skarlatos (centre) and British man Chris Norman  after being awarded the medal of the city of Arras the day after they apprehended the suspect in a shooting on a Thalys train at Arras train station in Arras, northern France,  August 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Frederic Leturque/Twitter

A British consultant has described how he helped three young Americans overpower a gunman on a train in France. Chris Norman (62), was travelling fro(...)

Dennis Waterman (left) with actor George Cole, best known for playing used-car salesman Arthur Daley in TV series Minder. George Cole has died aged 90. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

British actor George Cole, best known for playing Arthur Daley in TV comedy drama Minder, has died at the age of 90. Cole, whose showbusiness career s(...)

Undated handout photo issued by the NZBCA Archives of a 617 Squadron plane in the air. Photograph: NZBCA Archives/PA

The last surviving Dambusters pilot has died in New Zealand. He was 96. Les Munro had a “special aura” and was always regarded as “invincible”, his f(...)

Retired Marine Michael Hendon pays respect at a memorial  in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Hours before the Tennessee shooting that killed five US servicemen, the suspected gunman texted a close friend a link to an Islamic verse that include(...)

Sgt Liam Flynn (33), originally from Clane in Co Kildare, was killed on March 10th when the military helicopter he was travelling in crashed in a coastal area near Pensacola off Florida’s Panhandle. Photograph: Reuters

An investigation has found that pilot error caused a Black Hawk helicopter to crash off the Florida coast, killing an Irish member of the US Marines a(...)

US Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the stadium prior to Super Bowl XLIX between Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1st, this year in Glendale, Arizona. Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Over the past decade, the NFL has incorporated more and more overt militaristic pageantry into its games. Air Force jets scream past stadia, trailing (...)

An Indian woman cries as she waits to take a flight back to her country after at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal April 28th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar 1:30

Nepal has told aid agencies it does not need more foreign rescue teams to help search for survivors of Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake, because i(...)

U2 guitarist The Edge (David Evans) with his son, Levi

"Two summers ago, Bono spoke to me about drawings he had made of his father. He asked if they could be used to raise money for the Irish Hospice Fo(...)