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(...)

Messages of support are hung during a special event for the passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 in central Kuala Lumpur today. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters.

Ten days after a Malaysian jetliner disappeared, Thailand’s military said it saw radar blips that might have been from the missing plane but di(...)

Organisers  gesture for reporters to leave a room where officials from Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation  are meeting with members of a joint working group sent by the Chinese government to Malaysia after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at a hotel at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport today. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Malaysia's military has traced what could have been the jetliner missing for almost five days to an area south of the Thai holiday island of Ph(...)

“R&D works on the next product . . . Skunk Works forgets about the current customers and revenues streams, and is given much more of a free reign.”

So the story goes, the term Skunk Works originated during the second World War when, in response to a rapidly expanding German air force, US firm Lock(...)

Nasa astronaut Mike Hopkins during a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station. Photograph: EPA/Nasa

Nasa astronauts have completed urgent repairs to the cooling system of the International Space Station that should return it to normal operation withi(...)

A protester holds a placard calling for Germany to give political asylum to the fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, outside the seat of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin last month. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters
NSA officials consider Snowden amnesty
  • US
  • December 16, 2013, 16:04

National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the (...)

During his visit to the region last week, US vice president Joe Biden expressed support for allies South Korea and Japan in their defiance of China’s air defence zone. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/Reuters

South Korea has extended its own air defence identification zone to overlap with a similar area declared by China two weeks ago, as regional tensions (...)

Nelson Rolihlala Mandela was arguably the most respected statesman the world has seen since the end of the second World War. His dignity, his determin(...)

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