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Security officials cordon off the site of a suicide blast in Rawalpini, Pakistan, yesterday. A Taliban suicide bomber killed 10 people in a crowded market near the Pakistani army headquarters. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

A bomb ripped through a bus full of Shia pilgrims in western Pakistan and killed at least 22 people today, police said, extending a spate of sectarian(...)

The Government is to reopen the Vatican Embassy, The Irish Times has learned.

The Government has decided to reopen the Irish Embassy to the Vatican as part of a wider expansion of the embassy and consulate network. Tánaiste Eamo(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad (C) meets with the official delegation tasked with participating in the international conference on Syria, which will be held in Switzerland tomorrow. Photograph: Reuters

Syrian state television said a plane carrying Syria’s delegation to international peace talks in Switzerland today was “prevented from refuelling” af(...)

 An IAEA inspector checks the enrichment process inside the uranium enrichment plant Natanz in central Iran today.  The aim of the inspectors was to check whether Iran would fulfill its commitments in line with the Geneva agreement of November 24th last year and suspend uranium enrichment at 20 per cent. Photograph: EPA

In a historic deal, European Union foreign affairs ministers agreed this afternoon to lift some sanctions on Iran, following confirmation from the Int(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with AFP news agency in Damascus, in this handout photograph distributed by Syria’s national news agency SANA today. Photograph: Reuters/SANA

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad ruled out making opposition figures ministers today and said peace talks in Switzerland should aim to “fight terror(...)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) greets Iran’s president Hassan Rohani during the UN General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York in this file photo taken September 26, 2013. Ban Ki-moon said yesterdy he had invited Iran to participate in Syria peace talks on January 22nd in Montreux, Switzerland. Photograph: Reuters

Syria’s main, Western-backed opposition has said it will not attend UN-hosted peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending the country’s civil war if Iran jo(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: discussing deteriorating situation in Central African Republic in Brussels today. Photograph: Eric Luke

The European Union will decide today on whether to send up to 1,000 troops to the Central African Republic, in what would be the first new military mi(...)

The spread between Brent and West Texas Intermediate has narrowed, shedding more than $4  this week.

Brent crude slipped toward $105 a barrel today as concerns over a rise in supply from Libya and Iran dragged on prices, although an Opec production cu(...)

The nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

European Union governments will implement all EU sanctions relief for Iran covered by a landmark nuclear deal on January 20th, the day the agreement t(...)

British film director Steve McQueen (left)  with the star of his film 12 Years A Slave Chiwetel Ejiofor. Photograph: Reuters

The 71st Golden Globe Awards will be held in Los Angeles tonight with two films vying for many of the key honours. American Hustle and 12 Years a Slav(...)

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