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(L to R) US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Qatar’s minister of foreign affairs Sheikh Mohamad Bin Abdel Rahman Al-Thani and Mutlaq bin Majid al-Qahtani, the special envoy of the Qatari foreign minister for terrorism and mediation in the settlement of disputes, attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha on Saturday. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The Afghanistan peace talks between representatives of the country’s government and the Taliban militant group began in Doha on Saturday. The long-aw(...)

 Ciara Mageean  has a 1,000m best of 2:38.89, four seconds outside the Irish record.

World record attempts, 13 reigning World champions, a sold-out stadium and live on the BBC: it appears as if nothing has changed as Diamond League ath(...)

The alleys in the old town of Corfu. Ireland has been in a grey area as far as eligibility to travel to Greece is concerned. Photograph:  Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP via Getty Images

There should be three channels for arrivals at Greek airports: black, white and grey. Irish arrivals should join the grey queue. As Greece opens its (...)

Empty transport hubs at Dublin Airport during the coronavirus crisis. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The global commercial aviation industry has virtually collapsed in the past eight weeks as coronavirus has swept across Europe and the Americas. In Ir(...)

Dr Ailís O’Carroll, an immunologist and virologist who had been working in Australia, said she answered that ‘on call for Ireland thing’ and is in quarantine at home. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

On the day she left, Dr Ailis O’Carroll was on one of just two flights to make it out of Melbourne, amid “mayhem” at the airport. A virologist who ha(...)

Dr Marianne Hennigan at Dublin Airport on Saturday. Photograph: Ireland’s Call

The world has changed completely since Dr Marianne Hennigan started a four-week holiday in New Zealand in mid-March. Then, governments were waking u(...)

Neil Cooney (34) and his partner Kath (32) after their arrival at Dublin Airport from Peru. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Ten hours into a gruelling bus journey from Tarapoto, a city on the edge of the Amazon in northern Peru, the bus carrying Irish citizens to Lima for a(...)

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani will hold his presidential inauguration ceremony on Monday. Photograph: Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images)

The Taliban militant group said peace talks with the Afghan government next week were unlikely to take place because rivals for the presidency were bo(...)

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement at a ceremony between members of Afghanistan’s Taliban and the US in Doha, on Saturday. Photograph: Ibraheem al Omari/Reuters

In truth the peace deal signed by the US and the Taliban is more to do with US withdrawal of its 12,000 troops than it has to do with peace in Afghani(...)

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: REUTERS/Ibraheem al Omari

The United States signed a historic deal with Taliban insurgents on Saturday that could see a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan and(...)

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