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A car  parked on a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where air quality is the equivalent for residents of passively smoking 6.4 cigarettes a day. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Tiny, packed, Amsterdam is on the verge of following London and introducing a congestion charge for driving into the centre of the capital – followin(...)

 Russian military police officers check a weapons factory left behind by members of the Army of Islam group, in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

International inspectors have entered the Syrian town where an alleged chemical attack was carried out earlier this month, following delays by Syrian (...)

Annalise Murphy on board Turn the Tide on Plastic. “I’m determined to complete the Volvo Ocean Race commitment before deciding the best route”

Following this week’s news that Annalise Murphy will not contest this year’s Sailing World Championships in the Laser Radial class, the Olympic Silver(...)

 Vojislav Seselj: “I am proud of all my war crimes and crimes against humanity and am ready to repeat them.” File photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

A UN war crimes court on Wednesday overturned an acquittal of Serbian politician Vojislav Seselj on charges of persecution and inhumane acts – but the(...)

Dutch spy agency: a JSCU interception station. Photograph: Wutsje/WC

The United States was first alerted to Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee offices in Washington in the summer of 2015, when the Dutch se(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, who is managing the Government’s Brexit team. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Foreign Affairs has collected emergency plans from all Government departments amounting to 280 documents in preparation for the poss(...)

Russian president Vladimir holds a joint press conference with the Turkish president after their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, on April 3rd, 2018. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

The worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War deepened on Wednesday as the EU backed the integrity of the UK’s investigation into the poi(...)

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte said the ICC had shown a “brazen ignorance of the law”.  Photograph:  Ezra Acayan/Reuters

Rodrigo Duterte is to withdraw the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC) after it opened a crimes against humanity investigation int(...)

Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett: ‘We need more women in our Defence Forces not just for peacekeeping but for everything else’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The evidence is “overwhelming” that more women soldiers have led to better decision-making, the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice-Admiral Mar(...)

Peter O’Neill, founder and director of the Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics: “I saw early on the power of performance to communicate with people in an impactful and emotive way and engage them in political themes.” Photograph: Kevin Cooper

Ideas? Politics? The two together, side by side? In these gloomy days of political stalemate in the North, the very notion registers as an alien conce(...)

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