Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (C) during his speech to US Congress. Mr Netanyahu used his speech to warn the US government against a nuclear deal with Iran. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has warned the US against agreeing to a nuclear deal with Iran and working with a country “deeply rooted in (...)

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (R) shakes hand with his Spanish counterpart  Luis De Guindos   during an extraordinary euro zone finance ministers meeting (Eurogroup) to discuss Athens’  bailout. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters.

Greece and the Eurogroup of finance ministers have reached deal in principle to extend the country’s bailout by four months. The agreement remo(...)

Police officers block people protesting over news that Nigeria has postponed its presidential election on security grounds and fears over Boko Haram violence.  Photograph: AFP/Getty

Nigeria’s decision to postpone elections for six weeks because of spreading attacks by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the northeast is a “s(...)

A file photo from December  2014 shows a novelty toilet paper roll with the image of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photograph: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images

Chinese authorities have seized about 8,000 rolls of toilet paper printed with the image of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing chief executive Leung Chun-ying, a(...)

‘He’s alone on the stage – always his preferred setting. As an isolato, he can say what he thinks and define himself on his own terms. He can ascend to the mountaintop and ignore us when we pester him to come down.’ Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The talk up in Boston is all about deflation while the talk down here is all about inflation. Our sleek, techie president, whose battery dies f(...)

Obama speech

In setting out his stall in his 6th annual State of the Union address on Tuesday Barack Obama pulled no punches. For many observers this was the presi(...)

Emboldened: President Barack Obama after his State of the Union address. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Republicans have invited Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress about Iran, defying President Barack Obama’s warnings not to i(...)

Polish MP Anna Grodzka: she was the first transgender MP to be elected by Krakow’s voters four years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Perhaps it was a sign of the times, but Leo Varadkar’s outing on RTÉ Radio made only a modest splash in the world’s media. English-language media outl(...)

Senator Ted Cruz,  one of Joe Trippi’s  “nutcases”, is the son of a Cuban immigrant who fought for Castro.  Photograph: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan was among the most gripping books published last year. Anybody old eno(...)

Pro-democracy lawmakers open yellow umbrellas during a legislative council meeting as a gesture to boycott the government in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Pro-democracy lawmakers raised yellow umbrellas and walked out of a debate on political reforms in Hong Kong after the government insisted it would s(...)