Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams listens from his table as he is introduced at a fundraiser in New York in 1999. Seated next to Adams is businessman Pat Donaghy, a major donor.

The drink flowed as diners chewed on filet mignon and enjoyed a rousing political speech in between traditional Irish songs performed by a band in on(...)

James (Jim) Cullen, Friends of Sinn Féin chairman and president. Photograph: Simon Carswell

James Cullen first became interested in Northern Ireland and the Troubles when he visited in 1969 during a leave of absence from the US army while (...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, left, who has taken an increasingly aggressive line against China. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

A diminutive, silver-haired warrior, Fumiko Shimabukuro (85), has one goal: to stop a US military base from being built near her home. For nearly two (...)

James Sikora,  Irish Veterans Joint Executive Director, said that the group hopes to establish a permanent memorial and a research exhibition centre in Kinsale in Co Cork.

A new organisation has been established to erect a memorial and create an exhibition centre which will honour Irish men and women who served in the ar(...)

Ukrainian servicemen fire their weapons during fighting with pro-Russian separatists in Pesky village, near Donetsk on Wednesday. Photograph: Oleksandr Klymenko/Reuters 0:57

A bus in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk has been hit by a mortar or shell, leaving between six and 13 people dead.The attack came as Ukrainian governme(...)

 Mick WallaceTD:   “How in God’s name can we give permits to the civilian aircraft that we admit are carrying weapons with them when we know bloody well they are going to war?” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Strict conditions governed the landing of any country’s military aircraft at Irish airports, Tánaiste Joan Burton said. She said the aircraft must b(...)

Author Alain de Botton (R) makes notes during his week as writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport, west London, on August 20, 2009.

Internet research has convinced some we can know everything. But away from Google’s spoon dipped into Wikipedia’s stockpot, the idea of the mystery of(...)

Takeshi Onaga (centre) and his supporters celebrate his election as Okinwas governor. He has promised to block construction of a US military base backed by Tokyo and Washington. Photograph: Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

With his strained, unsmiling features beneath a salt-and-pepper toupee, Takeshi Onaga inspires unexpected passions. As news arrives that he has won th(...)

Peter Kassig  as a  boy with his mother, Paula Kassig, at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin, Kentucky, during a family camping trip in 2000, in a photo courtesy of the Kassig family.  Photograph: Handout/Reuters

The parents of a US aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants yesterday released photographs of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them(...)

Conor Walsh’s soft-robotics glove made with off-the-shelf components, which can be controlled to assist a human hand in flexing fingers or grasping objects

When it comes to designing a robot nowadays, it pays to be flexible. The concept of a robot usually brings to mind a humanoid shape, made of metal,(...)