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President Rouhani addressing the UN in New York this week. Photograph: AP

There has been little recognition of the magnanimity of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s speech to the United Nations on Tuesday in which he agreed (...)

People use boats as they visit an island that rose from the sea following an earthquake, off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea. Photograph: Reuters

Survivors built makeshift shelters with sticks and bedsheets after their mud houses were destroyed in an earthquake that killed 348 people in south-we(...)

Brent crude prices eased towards $108 a barrel today on hopes of progress in resolving a long-standing dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme after Teh(...)

A rare opportunity

That turbulent times create opportunities for creative political diplomacy has rarely been illustrated so well as by current events in the wider Middl(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: “We, of course, respect the right of the individual union, the ASTI, not to accept the Haddington Road agreement,” he said, speaking in New York where he is attending the UN General Assembly.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said the Government will not renegotiate the Haddington Road agreement, backing comments by the Taoiseach that the cutbacks(...)

An island that rose from the sea following an earthquake is pictured off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea . Photograph: Stringer /Reuters

More than 300 people are feared to have been killed in one of the worst earthquakes to hit Pakistan in years, and with the death toll steadily rising (...)

US president Barack Obama  at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama said today the United States was ready to engage diplomatically with Iran in what could be a historic opening between the lo(...)

US officials will be watching next week’s visit to the UN general assembly closely for signs that Iranian president Hasan Rouhani (above) will warm relations with the West and take a more moderate line in the next negotiations on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Iranian president Hasan Rouhani has claimed his country will never seek a nuclear bomb.He spoke to US television network NBC News in Tehran just days(...)

Tony Abbott was sworn in as Australia’s new prime minister and promised immediate action to slow the stream of asylum seekers arriving by boats from I(...)

Grasping an opportunity

In international politics as in other spheres of life, necessity can be the mother of invention. Within one week the prospect of United States-led mil(...)

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