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A major concern for churches in Ireland and beyond is the declining participation of young people. This is not confined to Ireland, as a recent surv(...)

 CIA director Mike Pompeo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  and US president Donald Trump. Trump’s new-found enthusiasm for meeting a leader he once mocked as “little Rocket Man” is bewildering. Photograph: Reuters

The speed at which preparations for a possible meeting between Donald Trump and his long-time adversary Kim Jong-un have unfolded has taken seasoned f(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (right) speaks with British foreign secretary Boris Johnson during a  meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monda. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

EU foreign ministers on Monday expressed “understanding” rather than outright support for the weekend attack on Syria by the US, UK and France, in a p(...)

A Russian flag featuring Vladimir Putin  at the central Manezhnaya Square just outside the Kremlin in Moscow in 2012. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

It is one of the most extraordinary crimes of Putin-era Russia, has seen the deaths of some of those who have tried to inquire into it, and has led to(...)

Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook departing Larnaca, Cyprus on Monday.  Photograph: AFP/Navy Office of Information/MC2 Alyssa Weeks

Tensions between Washington and Moscow reached fever pitch on Wednesday as Donald Trump warned that the US was about to launch a missile strike on Syr(...)

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne: his ‘rock star’ status will make it difficult for FCA to find a successor for the long-time CEO. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Who should sit in the driving seat of the world’s carmakers? The question of who will lead their businesses into the future is coming to a head for se(...)

The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syria had been asked to make the necessary arrangements for the deployment of an investigation team. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

International chemical weapons experts will go to the Syrian town of Douma to investigate an alleged poison gas attack, their organisation said on Tue(...)

Ronaldo and Netherlands midfielder Lieke Martens with their respective ‘Best Player in Europe’ awards in Monaco. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty

Much was made of the fact that both the Republic of Ireland’s two goalscorers in Friday’s win over Slovakia were home-based but tonight the part-timer(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban celebrates on a podium on the bank of the Danube river after winning the parliamentary election in Budapest on Sunday. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban said his “decisive” re-election victory and the super majority in parliament his right-wing populist party appea(...)

 US president Donald Trump with (from left) President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania during a joint press conference at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Areas of the Baltic Sea and its airspace were closed on Wednesday due to planned Russian missile tests, the day after three leaders from the region s(...)

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