Worries the standoff between the West and Iran will escalate have kept Brent above $100 a barrel through most of 2012 and this year, despite weak demand. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Brent crude held above $107 (€82.94) a barrel this morning, but was still on track for a second straight week of losses, as Cyprus scrambled to(...)

Colin Gleeson State agencies last night came in for heavy criticism from communities around the country after widespread flooding caused (...)

US vice president Joe Biden has urged a resolution to the illegal immigrant issue

US vice-president Joe Biden has said the 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants should to be brought (...)

On a hard, bright afternoon in the middle of December, I emptied my East Wall apartment of all my belongings. I carried bag upon bag downstairs(...)

Film director Steven Spielberg with actress Sally Field at the Irish premier of Lincoln in Dublin in January. Mr Spielberg told Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night that he was interested in possibly working in Ireland in the future. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny dropped into Hollywood last night to speak with Steven Spielberg about the possibility of making more movies in Ireland. (...)

Demonstrators hold Kurdish flags and portraits of jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan during a gathering to celebrate Newroz in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir today. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has ordered his fighters to cease fire and withdraw from Turkish soil as a step to ending a conflic(...)

As many as one in 50 US school age children have a diagnosis of autism, up 72 percent since 2007, but much of the increase involves milder case(...)

There are now more than 200 million Twitter users worldwide. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Twitter celebrates its seventh anniversary today. The first ever tweet was sent in San Francisco, California, by Twitter creator Jack Dor(...)

Brent crude held steady  this morning trade as Chinese manufacturing data pointed to a better fuel demand outlook. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Brent crude held steady above $108 (€83.48) a barrel this morning trade as Chinese manufacturing data pointed to a better fuel demand outlook i(...)

President Barack Obama waves to the crowed at the end of his speech to Israeli students at the International Convention Center today. Photograph:  Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

MARK WEISS in Jerusalem US President Barack Obama has made an impassioned plea to the Israel i public to pressure their leaders to make p(...)