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Shanghai skyline: diplomats who have had intensive language training might expect to spend a significant part of their careers in a region where that language is important. Photograph: Bloomberg

The mood around Iveagh House, the splendid St Stephen’s Green headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, is unusually buoyant these days, not (...)

Gylfi SigurDsson of Iceland battles with Luka Modric of Croatia at the Laugardalsvollur stadium  in Reykjavik, Iceland. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

ICELAND 0 CROATIA 0Ten-man Iceland hung on for a heroic 0-0 draw in the first leg of their play-off with Croatia to keep alive their dream of reaching(...)

Che Guevara: spawned a cadre of enthusiastic imitators when he went pillion with his friend Alberto Granado on their now legendary motorcycle tour of South America. Photograph: Grey Villet/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

When Che Guevara went pillion with his pal Alberto Granado on their now legendary motorcycle tour of South America, they spawned a cadre of enthusiast(...)

  Aleksei Berezutski (left) of PFC CSKA Moscow in action against Yaya Toure of Manchester City  during the UEFA Champions League Group D match at the Arena Khimki Stadium. Photograph:  Epsilon/Getty Images.

Yaya Touré has warned Russia that players will boycott the 2018 World Cup finals if the country fails to adopt stringent measures to stamp out racism.(...)

England coach Roy Hodgson. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Reuters

The Republic of Ireland have fallen to their lowest ever position in the Fifa world rankings at 60th despite the midweek victory over Kazakhstan. Foll(...)

Uefa is considering a radical overhaul of international football that would see national teams playing a new Nations League competition.The idea, flo(...)

Actors perform in an open-air play in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on September 28th. The play combines accounts and dramatisation of acts of wars in the Palestinian territories, Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Chile and Bosnia and is symbolically set below the famous Ottoman-era Old Bridge in the town which was smashed in the 1990s war and then rebuilt. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Bosnia launched its first census as an independent state today - a politically charged event that has revived ethnic rifts and could shake the delica(...)

Screengrab from the Twitter page of Andy Murray as he as he posted a picture on Twitter of himself lying in a hospital bed having apparently undergone surgery.  Photograph: @andy_murray/PA Wire

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray appeared in good spirits as he posted a picture on Twitter of himself lying in a hospital bed having apparently underg(...)

FAI chief executive John Delaney (centre) says the association will not be rushed into an appointment. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI chief executive John Delaney says the association’s Board will meet within a matter of days to discuss candidates to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni, (...)

Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Justice: Croatia’s passing of  a law limiting the application of the European Arrest Warrant amounts to “a breach of trust” with the other member states that ratified the country’s application to join the EU. Photograph: Getty

    Croatia has become embroiled in a dispute with the European Commission less than two months after joining the European Uni(...)

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