Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s foreign minister and leader of the People’s Party (OeVP), celebrates victory in Austria’s general election with his  girlfriend, Susanne Thier, in Vienna. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Bloomberg

Austrians shifted to the right in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, giving the far-right Freedom Party a mandate to enter coalition talks with young c(...)

Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the far-left France Unbowed, who wants the European  flag replaced with the flag of the United Nations. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the far-left France Unbowed, says the blue and gold European flag is a “sectarian emblem” symbolising the EU’s Chris(...)

John Kelly, the White House chief-of-staff, said that US president Donald Trump  was “deep in thought, to say the least, about the way ahead in Iran”. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump will announce his decision on the Iran nuclear deal on Friday as the president comes under mounting pressure not to abandon (...)

  Apple for Athenry: A group  supporting the planned Apple data centre in Galway celebrate after the judicial review rejected both challenges to  the project. Photograph: Courtpix

More than two and a half years after Apple first announced it would invest €850 million in a data centre in Athenry, it all came down to a judicial re(...)

Fatah’s Azzam al-Ahmad (right), head of the Fatah delegation, and Fatah colleague Rawhi Fattouh (second right),  after signing a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal in Cairo today after the two rival Palestinian movements ended their decade-long split following negotiations overseen by Egypt. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

The Egyptian-brokered Fatah-Hamas accord, portrayed as a breakthrough after a decade of bitter division, is partial rather than comprehensive – with t(...)

Palestinians celebrate after Hamas said it had reached a deal with Palestinian rival Fatah, in Gaza City on Thursday. Photograph:  Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, in(...)

Workers entering the Intel facility at Leixlip, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Global tech giant Intel has been granted planning permission for a manufacturing facility at its Leixlip, Co Kildare, facility. It was confirmed by A(...)

Hamas’s overall leader Ismail Haniya waves as he arrives for a meeting with Palestinian officials in Gaza City. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Fatah and Hamas delegations are set to meet in Cairo next week to discuss the implementation of a deal to end the rift between the rival Palestinian m(...)

In Between

Palestinian director Maysaloun Hamoud, has said she wants to “stir things up” with her movies. This is no idle rhetoric: her wonderful, spiky debut fe(...)

Palestinian boys stand by a fence as they wait for the arrival of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and his government at Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters
Gaza: unity, for now

By agreeing to cede control of the Gaza Strip to a unity government led by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas has taken a welcome step towards Palestini(...)