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Angela Merkel and Donald Trump before talks at the G7 summit in Sicily. Photograph: Guido Bergmann/Courtesy of Bundesregierung/Handout

Meetings of the Group of Seven leading industrialised nations have, for years, been orchestrated events, with postsummit communiqués more or less agre(...)

From left: European Council president Donald Tusk, German chancellor Angela Merkel, US president Donald Trump, French president Emmanuel Macron and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, on Friday. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president Donald Trump clashed with his western allies over trade and climate change on Friday at what one EU leader described as one of the most c(...)

The  ‘LÉ Eithne’ rescue operation in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Italian ambassador to Ireland Giovanni Adorni Braccesi Chiassi has said there is growing tension in Italy over the large numbers of migrants landed a(...)

Migrants put on lifejackets distributed by rescue crews of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station Phoenix vessel  off Lampedusa on Wednesday. The boat, one of three in the area, later capsized killing more than 30 people. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

More than 30 migrants, mostly toddlers, drowned on Wednesday when about 200 people without lifejackets fell from a boat into the sea off the Libyan co(...)

An  LE Eithne rescue operation in the Mediterranean in June 2015. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said he was immensely proud of the Naval Service as the LE Eithne and its crew prepared to depart for the Med(...)

The LÉ ‘Niamh’: was under orders from “Dublin” not to proceed within 16 nautical miles of the Libyan coast for safety reasons.

The Naval Service has said it stands over the actions of the LÉ Niamh when it came under pressure from the Italian coastguard during a rescue of some (...)

The LÉ Niamh had informed the Italian coastguard it was too dangerous to proceed to the vessel as it was too close to the Libyan coast, according to extracts of recordings cited in evidence during a trial in Palermo, Sicily.

Tensions between the Italian coastguard and a Naval Service patrol ship have emerged during a trial of three Libyan men accused of people trafficking (...)

Godfather reunion: On 45th anniversary the cast is made an offer it can’t refuse.

Al Pacino was considered too short, Marlon Brando was required to do a screen test, and director Francis Ford Coppola was almost fired. The director (...)

Pope Francis has called on all  leaders to work to seek a ‘solution to problems through the path of diplomacy’. Photograph: AP

Pope Francis said on Saturday a third country, such as Norway, should try to mediate the dispute between North Korea and Washington, to cool a situati(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson: G7 summit affords members first chance to grill him on whether Washington is committed to overthrowing Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.  Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven major industrialised nations meet on Monday for an annual gathering, with Europe and Japan seeking clarity f(...)

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