Phil Hogan: he declined to discuss the size of any potential EU package of financial supports

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan says he is satisfied Brussels has the tools to help Irish farmers in “any exceptional circumstances” that might(...)

A file image of US resident Donald Trump with Russian president Vladimir Putin during a news conference in  Finland in July 2018. Both countries have withdrawn from a cold war nuclear treaty. Photograph: NYT

Russia has suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty after a similar move by the United States, president Vladimir Putin sai(...)

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed warned of an ’existential challenge’ to the beef industry from the UK crashing out of the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

Beef farmers are facing “wipe-out” if the Government’s €1.7 billion estimate on the cost of UK tariffs on Irish food imports in a hard Brexit proves a(...)

The ‘Ai-Petri, Crimea’ painting, by Russian landscape painter Arkhip Kuindzhi, which was stolen.  Photograph: EPA/Russian Internal Affairs Ministry

Authorities in Moscow have arrested a man suspected of a daring art heist at a leading Russian state-owned museum. Police said they had found the 20t(...)

Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, with  Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on January 15th. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/Reuters

As protests raged in Zimbabwe’s cities last week, with police firing live ammunition at crowds who barricaded roads with burning tyres, the target of (...)

Smoke rises from a fire at a ship in the Kerch Strait near Crimea. Photograph: Reuters

Ten crew members have been found dead and 14 have been rescued after two ships caught fire in the Kerch Strait near Crimea, Russian’s transport minist(...)

 Malokurilskaya Bay on Shikotan Island, one of the Kuril islands under Russian control. Photograph:  Getty Images

Russia has rejected Japan’s assertion that it was ready to loosen its grip on the Kuril islands, dashing hopes that the two countries might be close t(...)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) stands together with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (C) and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church (R). Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP

The spiritual head of Orthodox Christians worldwide formally granted independence to the Ukrainian church on Saturday, marking an historic split from (...)

 Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson used his new year column in the “Daily Telegraph” to lambast the Japanese for refusing to ban whale harpooning. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

I’m longing for a glimpse of Boris Johnson to see if he managed to keep the weight off over the holidays. Just before Christmas he wrote a diary piece(...)

A man walks past the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. The compromised material provides insight into Europe’s struggle to understand the political turmoil engulfing three continents. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Hackers infiltrated the European Union’s diplomatic communications network for years, downloading thousands of cables that reveal concerns about an un(...)

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