Unionist parties are threatening to collapse the powersharing Stormont government over the alleged IRA activity.

A former member of the defunct Northern Ireland watchdog that monitored whether paramilitaries adhered to the peace process has said it is “not unrea(...)

Stephen Farry was speaking after an Alliance delegation met Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers at Stormont on Thursday. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) or a new organisation set up to monitor paramilitary activity in the North could help to assess the curre(...)

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell: explained that the Irish, British and US governments agreed in 2005 the survival of an ‘unarmed and withering husk’ of an IRA was vital for the good of the process. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

In The Irish Times on Wednesday, former minister for justice Michael McDowell gave a clue as to why things have now gone so badly wrong in the Norther(...)

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said that “some provisional IRA organisational infrastructure continues to exist”. Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

  The international body set up to monitor paramilitary activity in the North stated in its final report in 2011 that the IRA had “gone ou(...)

Jeb Bush has declined to rule out the US resuming the use of torture – with the Republican presidential hopeful saying brutal questioning methods might be justifiable. Photograph: Bloomberg

Jeb Bush has declined to rule out the US resuming the use of torture – with the Republican presidential hopeful saying brutal questioning methods migh(...)

Jonathan Pollard is pictured im May 1991 file photo, six years after his 1985 arrest. File photograph: Reuters

Jonathan Pollard, a former US Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, will be released on parole on November 21st after 30 years in (...)

People make victory signs during the funeral ceremony of victims of a suicide bomb attack on Monday in Suruc, Turkey, blamed on Islamic State. Experts are questioning the assumption, however, that Islamic State’s defeat is inevitable. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State uses terror to force obedience and frighten enemies. It has seized territory, destroyed antiquities, slaughtered minorities, forced wom(...)

In one of the most bizarre twists in America’s war on terrorism, the CIA assigned veteran operations officer Harold James “Jim” Nicholson to run a cou(...)

Nobody who has passed through Northern Ireland in July should get too hoity-toity about the controversy concerning the Confederate flag. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The recent killings in Charleston once again invite us to ponder how western Europe differs from the United States. Nobody who has passed through Nort(...)

The Obama administration had acknowledged that up to 4.2 million current and former employees whose information resides in the Office of Personnel Management server are affected

Hackers linked to China have gained access to the sensitive background information submitted by millions of intelligence and military personnel for se(...)