Tom Dunne: interviewed 11 of the German spies caught in Ireland during the Emergency

Tom Dunne, who has died aged 96, was a distinguished public servant who wore his experience at the heart of the international diplomatic world with gr(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry in Vienna with foreign ministers Philip Hammond of the UK, Sergei Lavrov of Russia, Javad Zarif of Iran, Frank- Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Laurent Fabius of France and EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi. Photograph: Joe Klamar/Reuters

Iran and six world powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, and gave them(...)

With the November 24th deadline looming for the expiry of an interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, the prospects for a comprehensive deal rem(...)

For a deal to be struck with Iran, US president Barack Obama must navigate three sets of negotiations. Photograph: Mike Theiler/Reuters
Obama Iran deal could skirt Congress
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  • October 20, 2014, 17:48

No one knows if United States president Barack Obama’s administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consid(...)

A Sudanese United Nations medical official who caught Ebola while working in Liberia has died in a hospital in Leipzig. Photograph:  Jan Woitas/EPA

The Ebola epidemic is still spreading in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and the number of cases in west Africa will exceed 9,000 this week, the W(...)

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif: “We will not abandon . . . our technological advances.” Photograph: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader

The fifth round of negotiations between Iran and the “P5 + 1” – the members of the Security Council plus Germany – began in Vienna on Tuesday. The (...)

US president Barack Obama appears on two large screen as he delivers his speech during the closing session on the last day of the nuclear summit in The Hague yesterday. Photograph: Frank Augstein/EPA

Luckily, one of the successes of US president Barack Obama’s drive to secure vulnerable nuclear material has been Ukraine, which announced two (...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif deliver a press statement after a conference in Vienna today. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

In what officials described as a serious, workmanlike and conversational atmosphere, Iran and six world powers have agreed on a timetable and f(...)

“The church is facilitated in presenting itself today as a religious organisation, tomorrow as a state – a handy arrangement, given some of its more sordid entanglements.” Pope Francis attends his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City, yesterday. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

It was the post office in the Vatican that earned the Holy See its first stamp of approval as a sovereign state. This explains why Vatican stamps are (...)

 An IAEA inspector checks the enrichment process inside the uranium enrichment plant Natanz in central Iran today.  The aim of the inspectors was to check whether Iran would fulfill its commitments in line with the Geneva agreement of November 24th last year and suspend uranium enrichment at 20 per cent. Photograph: EPA

In a historic deal, European Union foreign affairs ministers agreed this afternoon to lift some sanctions on Iran, following confirmation from the Int(...)