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US president Joe Biden: Can hardly operate a “democracies only” rule for local allies. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/CNP/Bloomberg

Unborn generations will take some persuading that it all began with washing machines. In three years, the US-China rift has widened from the banalitie(...)

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s diktat  last year the former basilica of Hagia Sophia – arguably the heart of Orthodox Christendom – should become a mosque provoked international outrage.

This year Greece begins a series of commemorations, similar to those ongoing in Ireland: from the bicentenary of the war of independence from the Otto(...)

Former Irish swimming coach George Gibney. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As many as 18 alleged victims coached by the disgraced former swimming coach and child abuser George Gibney have contacted the BBC Sounds and Second C(...)

Dr TK Whitaker: A conversation between him and Albert Borschette, the Luxembourg permanent representative to the EEC, is revealed in the latest volume of Irish foreign policy papers from October 1961 to April 1965.   Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Ireland would join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) if that was the price to pay to join the European Economic Community, top Irish offic(...)

At the expense of competing to his potential in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Gary O’Toole became the catalyst for George Gibney’s victims to share and report their experiences. Photograph: Inpho

He could never have conceived his swimming career to end the way it did. Two Olympic Games in Seoul and Barcelona, a silver medal at the 1989 European(...)

Former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing at Trinity College in 2009. His office said he had no memory of the incident. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

A German journalist is suing ex-French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, claiming the 94-year-old groped her during an interview in December 2018. (...)

Louie Bennett. She kept the union she founded independent of Liberty Hall and male unions on the basis that women’s concerns would always take second place in male-dominated unions.

Louie Bennett, who was born 150 years ago on January 7th, was well known in 20th-century Ireland as a feminist, trade unionist and journalist but it w(...)

Spanish prime minister  Pedro Sánchez: offer to host COP25 will be studied by the UN climate change panel at a meeting in Bonn next week. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images

Spain has offered to host the COP25 UN climate conference in December after weeks of violent protests forced the Chilean government to cancel both the(...)

Everything is  vine: Westminster tube station is rebranded as Westminster Jungle in a newspaper promotion. Photograph: Leon Neal / Getty Images

Image of the week: Signal delays The problem with this Westminster tube sign, remodelled as Westminster Jungle on Tuesday as part of an advertising c(...)

It appears that the Bank of Ireland link is tenuous as it relates to a nominee company associated to a subsidiary of the group that was sold eight years ago. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bank of Ireland has had its name linked with a complex tax-evasion scandal that has rocked corporate Germany in recent years. The Irish lender is one(...)

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