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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Irish troops in Mali in January. The existing troops are there in a non-combat training role.

Ireland went to war twice this week. One of these conflicts – the one that dominated public discussion – was a running joke. The idea that diplomatic (...)

The Commercial Inn, Rathdowney, Co Laois. Most locals said they were not opposed to the accommodation centre but would have appreciated some advance notice.  Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

On the road leading into Rathdowney, just before the Co Laois town’s large market square, sits a whitewashed building with a bright red door called th(...)

Australian Federal Police  investigators leave the ABC building after a raid on Wednesday. Photograph:  Bianca De Marchi/AAP/Reuters

One journalist is being investigated for reporting that several boats filled with asylum seekers recently tried to reach Australia from Sri Lanka. Ano(...)

Editorial director of Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) Craig McMurtie speaks to members of the media outside the ABC building located at Ultimo, Sydney, after police raided the building. Photograph: AAP/David Gray/via Reuters

Australian police raided the offices of the national broadcaster on Wednesday over allegations it had published classified material, the second raid o(...)

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker:  “We are ready for talks with Russia . . . but, first of all, we must be able to defend ourselves and become strong economically, politically and militarily.” Photograph: Francois Lenoir

Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said his country is committed to integration with the West and ready for peace talks with Russia, as(...)

Ali Wazir (left) and Mohsin Dawar, leaders of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM)  at a rally against what they say, are human rights violations by security forces in  Pakistan. Photograph: Reuters/Akhtar Soomro/File Photo

Pakistan’s powerful military seems unstoppable in getting what it wants: its favoured candidate as prime minister; a victory of sorts in a dogfight wi(...)

Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson. Photograph: Andrew Yates/File Photo/Reuters

With Theresa May facing ever-increasing pressure from her backbenchers to name a date when she will quit Number 10, you can barely move in Westminster(...)

Julian Assange in a prison van, as he leaves Southwark Crown Court in London earlier this month. File photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks leader, has been indicted on 17 new counts of violating the US’s espionage act for his role in publishing classified mi(...)

John Walker Lindh in a photograph made available in 2002, and (right)  a photo of Lindh from the records of the Arabia Hassani Kalan Surani Bannu madrassa (religious school) in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Bannu. Photograph:  Tariq Mahmood/AFP/Getty Images

John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban and who is now an Irish citizen, was freed early from federal(...)

Mauritius prime minister Pravind Jugnauth: said his country was prepared to enter into an agreement with United States or Britain or both, to be allowed unhindered operation of the Diego Garcia  airbase. Photograph: Chang W Lee/The New York Times

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded on Wednesday that Britain give up control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean with(...)

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