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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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Larry Downing

The White House scrambled to regain the political initiative over Syria yesterday, insisting that US military strikes remained an option despite its d(...)

Loretta Brennan Glucksman said philanthropy in Ireland was “on a trajectory” and would be regarded within five years as “a full partner in Ireland in areas that make a civil society”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The outgoing chairwoman of the Ireland Fund has warned there is “no way” it can make up for the funding that will be lost when two major philanthropi(...)

 Maire Geoghegan-Quinn

Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent The EU department headed by Ireland’s EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan Quinn has become embroiled in a controvers(...)

Stuart Pearce accused players including Manchester United defender Phil Jones of “apathy”.

The English Football Association has expressed its disappointment at Stuart Pearce’s decision to criticise players’ attitudes towards the England Unde(...)

Hizbullah memorial: captured Israeli tank lies amid other remnants of battle. Photograph: Hamzah Tahan

The outgoing lane from Beirut to the ancient port of Sidon is open but there is a steady stream of traffic into Beirut from the south. At the entrance(...)

“The president looked exhausted as he met the press in St Petersburg on Friday.” US president Barack Obama pauses as he answers a question about the Syrian situation during his news conference at the G20 Summit in St Petersburg, Russia, last Friday. Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Obama’s war within

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize had been up late pleading for war. US president Barack Obama looked exhausted as he met the press in St Petersburg(...)

Conductor Zubin Mehta during a performance at Shalimar Garden in in Indian-administered Srinagar, Kashmir, last night. Photograph: Manpreet Romana/New York Times

A concert by renowned conductor Zubin Mehta in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where separatist groups are fighting New Delhi’s rule, was mired in controv(...)

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