The Regal Chain said Sony’s decision to ditch The Interview was: “due to the wavering support of the film by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats.” Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images 2:30

In the century-long history of the cinema we have never seen anything quite like the kerfuffle surrounding Sony’s decision to pull The Interview from (...)

Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theatre during the premiere of the film The Interview in LA, California on December 11th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters/Kevork Djansezian 2:30

The New York premiere of The Interview, a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong Un, has been cancelled after(...)

Lima was never going to save the world. What the UN’s 20th climate change conference (Cop20) was meant to do, however, was to lay firm foundations for(...)

The ICC has been identified as the one potential source of justice if alleged CIA torturers and their masters are to be called to account. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Politics and the law are uneasy bedfellows, as the International Criminal Court (ICC) found to its cost earlier this month with the unedifying collaps(...)

‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome on Monday, where the Israeli president is due to meet with US secretary of state John Kerry. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before talks on Monday with US secretary of state John Kerry he would defy any UN move to “dictate” (...)

Catherine McCarthy, Teagasc, Emma Harrington, Glanbia and Tim Guinee, Teagasc, at the Teagasc Gateways event on dairy process innovation at Teagasc Food Research Centre in Moorepark

Falling world dairy prices coupled with imminent major production increases as a result of the ending of the EU milk quota regime present a variety of(...)

Late-night wrangling between UN members in Lima secured agreement between developing and rich nations on a framework  to cut pollution. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

After a marathon round of negotiations in Lima, sleepless delegates from all over the world have produced a road map that should lead to a historic in(...)

President of COP20, Peruvian minister of environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (right) and executive secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres applaud after the approval of  document dubbed The Lima Call for Climate Action. Photograph: EPA

The UN’s 20th climate-change conference in Lima – Cop20 – could easily have fallen apart, and it looked as if it would on Saturday. But the irreconcil(...)