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US secretary of state John Kerry with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton before their meeting with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva this evening. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry said today that important gaps needed to be bridged in high-stakes talks with Iran on curbing its nuclear programme -(...)

A British soldier in Afghanistan. A British royal marine was convicted of murder today following the execution of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan.  Photograph: PA Wire

A British royal marine was convicted of murder today following the execution of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan. A court martial board found the (...)

Commodore Mark Mellett will become the most senior Naval Irish Officer in the history of the State when he takes over his appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) of the Defence Forces.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has promoted a Naval Service leader to the position of Defence Forces deputy chief of staff for the first time in th(...)

A file image of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud with other militants in south Waziristan, in this still image taken from video shot October 4th, 2009. Photograph: Reuters

The Pakistani government accused the US of sabotaging peace talks with domestic Taliban fighters by killing their leader in a drone strike, as the mil(...)

A US drone strike in Pakistan killed Hakimullah Mehsud (left), the head of the Pakistani Taliban, the latest in a series of blows to Pakistan’s most feared militant group. Photograph: Reuters

Pakistani Taliban fighters secretly buried their leader early today after he was killed by a US drone aircraft and quickly moved to replace him while (...)

Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud (C) sits with other militants in South Waziristan, in this file still image taken from video shot in October, 2009. Photograph: Reuters TV.

The head of the Pakistani Taliban was killed by a US drone strike in Pakistan today, security sources and the militant group have said. Hakimullah Meh(...)

A Unmanned Aerial System at the US military base in Vilseck-Grafenwoehr in Germany. “The detachment of warfare feeds into how we are detaching ourselves more and more from the reality of living.” Photograph: Reuters/Michaela Rehle

The idea of clocking into work, sitting down at a desk and pressing buttons to kill people thousands of miles away is a terrifying, dystopian vision o(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said it appeared to have been an isolated incident which took place as a result of an administrative  error. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An armed US military aircraft stopped at Shannon airport early last month in breach of Government rules prohibiting planes carrying weapons from landi(...)

A dreadful war

The four United States soldiers killed by a bomb on Sunday in Afghanistan brought the number of US military deaths there since 2001 to 2,146. More tha(...)

Sunshine on Leith

A movie based on a stage musical based on the songs of The Proclaimers? We know what you’re thinking: Letter to America, Sunshine on Leith, 500 Miles (...)

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