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Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he was conscious of the political, economic and trade factors that might warrant opening embassies. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Consideration has been given to re-opening Ireland’s embassy in Iran but lack of resources prevents the Government having resident representation in T(...)

Iraqi security forces pull down a flag belonging to Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Photograph: Reuters

An extremist group’s declaration of an Islamic state in territory it has seized in Iraq and Syria is a threat to the entire region, Iraq’s prime minis(...)

BNP Paribas has agreed to pay a landmark US settlement. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Shares in BNP Paribas rose more than 4 per cent yesterday after the French bank said it had sufficient funding to pay its landmark $8.9 billion (€6.5 (...)

BNP Paribas: in addition to the record fine, the French bank  will have certain parts of its US dollar-clearing operations suspended for one year. Photograph:  John Schults/Reuters

BNP Paribas pleaded guilty on Monday to two criminal charges and agreed to pay $8.9 billion (€6.5 billion) in a broad agreement with US authorities ov(...)

A Sunni man sleeps next to his daughter at a school where they are seeking refuge after fleeing their homes, in Darbandikhan, Iraq. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Iran is ready to help Iraq fight an armed revolt using the same methods it deployed against opposition forces in Syria, an Iranian general said, sugg(...)

 Argentina’s Lionel Messi scores  a free kick during the 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match against Nigeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

WEDNESDAY, June 25th 16.55 According to Ewe & Eye (the Standard & Poor’s of sport spectatorship), the complete tournament require(...)

The figure of Mohammad Mossadegh, the prime minister of Iran who was overthrown by the CIA and MI6 in 1953, continues to haunt Iran, as in this painting by Farideh Lashai. Photograph: Nazanin Paykar-Ara

A tall, ravishing brunette with a superior air, drenched in Chanel 5, greets visitors to a gallery opening in north Tehran. Women flaunt their long(...)

 Neymar (shirtless) of Brazil and Fred celebnrate after the FIFA World Cup 2014 group A preliminary round match between Cameroon and Brazil. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

MONDAY, JUNE 23rd 16.55 What a weekend! Pick your highlight: Costa Rica bidding cal-ciao to England with victory over the Azzurri? Ghana (...)

Jean-Laurent Bonnafe, chief executive officer of BNP Paribas. The bank is said to be close to an agreement to settle claims it violated US sanctions. Photograph: Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg

BNP Paribas is close to an agreement to plead guilty and pay $8 billion to $9 billion (€5.9 billion to €6.6 billion) to settle allegations it violated(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (C) arrives to meet with Iraqi speaker of parliament Usama al-Nujayfi, in Baghdad today. Mr Kerry also met Iraq’s prime minister Nuri al-Maliki to push for a more inclusive government. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/Reuters.

US secretary of state John Kerry said has said that US support for Iraqi security forces will be “intense and sustained” to help them combat an Islami(...)

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