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Chief executive Terry Fox holding a re-cyclable and a compostible cup at Cup Print, Ballymaley Business Park, Ennis, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

For many, the disposable coffee cup is the poster image for the waste scourge, used once, not recyclable, ending their short lives in landfill dumps, (...)

Combination of pictures shows an aerial view of a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor during bombardment in 2007. Photograph: Israeli army/Getty Images

In what appears to be a warning to Iran, Israel has formally admitted that it destroyed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007. Until now, Israel(...)

Former Israeli president Chaim Herzog, who was born in Belfast and brought up in Dublin, pictured inspecting a guard of honour at Dublin Airport in 1985. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Irishman Chaim Herzog rose through the military to become a United Nations ambassador and president of Israel. He was a man of contradictions, once te(...)

 Unifil peacekeepers marking the 40th anniversary of the force’s  presence in southern Lebanon  at Unifil headquarters in Naqoura,  south Lebanon, on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Ali Hashisho

Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe, together with the Deputy Chief-of-Staff of the Defence Forces, Maj-Gen Kieran Brennan, and several other senior offic(...)

 Ken Kelly:   he retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel after what he remembers fondly as a “satisfying career”. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

On a Wednesday afternoon in May 1978, Capt Ken Kelly was minding his own business and getting on with his work as a cavalry instructor at the Defence (...)

Palestinian women hold signs in Arabic reading “Refugees are the origin of the cause and the beginning of the tale”, during a demonstration outside the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) offices in Gaza City on Thursday. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees said on Thursday it had received new cash pledges to enable it to keep working for a few mor(...)

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(...)

Eva Illouz: ‘When you look at the women he (Trump) has been with, including a porn star, it is really about the crude exchange of money for sex and beauty.’ Photograph: Thomas Haley

The US-educated, Franco-Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz has established a reputation as the sociologist of love, sex and power. Her book, Cold Intimaci(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaving a meeting with Texas governor Greg Abbott   in Austin  on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

PAT LEAHY The annual exodus of Government ministers and officials for St Patrick’s Day Day events is well underway with the United States, as usual, (...)

The Promo and Destock store, a French kosher grocery store in Créteil, south of Paris, after it was destroyed in an arson attack. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

The Front National is about to depart the French political scene. When members of the far-right party gather in Lille for their annual congress today,(...)

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