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Karen Bradley: “The answer is for politicians who were elected by the people of Northern Ireland to get back into Stormont and run the executive.” Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland secretary of state Karen Bradley will be in Twickenham this afternoon cheering on England, arriving just in time after a whirlwind 72(...)

Martin Ferris: could not travel to US

Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris was forced to cancel a tour of the United States after the US State Department did not issue him a visa in time to travel. (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shakes hands with US president Donald Trump at the Friends of Ireland luncheon at the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar extended an invitation to Donald Trump to visit Ireland when he met the US president for the first time on Thursday in the Whit(...)

Talks between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, should they take place, are expected to “play out over time”. Photographs: Getty Images

The US will make no concessions to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in discussions leading to potential talks between the reclusive leader and US presi(...)

US president Donald Trump  and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.  Photograph: AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

The news that Donald Trump has agreed to meet his long-time foe Kim Jong-un represents one of the most surprising, and potentially significant, turns (...)

A Sri Lankan Muslim from among the Moor community standing at his business establishment in Pallekelle, Kandy, on Wednesday, after it  had been attacked and looted. Photograph: MA Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Sri Lanka barred social messaging networks including Facebook on Wednesday to stem violence against minority Muslims after mob attacks continued despi(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney meets US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  in Washington DC

The United States is preparing to appoint a special envoy to Northern Ireland the US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has confirmed. Responding to q(...)

The Trump Tower under construction in Mumbai. India is the Trump Organization’s biggest international market, with four real estate projects under way. Photograph: Asmita Parelkar/the New York Times

When the Trump family jet lands in India this week, the family member taking a tour of the world’s largest democracy will be the US president’s eldest(...)

US vice president Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, stand with Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Friday. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

When the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, decided to send a large delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea this month, the world feared he mi(...)

Flames rise from a missile, which according to the Lebanon national news agency appears to be part of a Syrian air defense missile targeting an Israeli warplane which landed in a lemon grove, in Hasbani village, southwest Lebanon, on Saturday. Photograph: AP

An Israeli minister has said that by striking key Iranian sites in Syria it sent a clear message that it will not tolerate an Iranian military foothol(...)

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