1914: Edward Carson inspects a parade of armed Ulster Volunteers. By the time Carson announced in Belfast that an Ulster Division would be formed from the UVF, many young men, impatient with waiting, had already enlisted.  Photograph: Central Press/Getty
From brink of civil war

One hundred years ago, in spring 1914, the idea of an imminent world war was far from the minds of Ulster people. The focus was much closer to home. M(...)

Hans-Christian Stroebele, a member of the German Greens Party and the Bundestag, holds up a letter from Edward Snowden, former contractor with the National Security Agency (NSA), that Mr Snowden gave him  in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Getty

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he regrets nothing of his actions to expose surveillance programmes operated by the National Security Agency (...)

Conductor Zubin Mehta during a performance at Shalimar Garden in in Indian-administered Srinagar, Kashmir, last night. Photograph: Manpreet Romana/New York Times

A concert by renowned conductor Zubin Mehta in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where separatist groups are fighting New Delhi’s rule, was mired in controv(...)