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Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore speak to the media at Iveagh House in Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore will meet the chairman of the independent talks in the North which aim to find accommodation on flags, para(...)

MarketHub could help supermarkets dramatically reduce the amount of perishable foods they waste while increasing the rate of their stock turnover. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A co-founder of Sandyford-based indoor solar power company Solarprint is launching a new venture to provide supermarkets with a real-time price displa(...)

There is one thing that refuses to go global: how people greet each other. In the US and Germany you could look forward to a bonecrusher of a handshake, in the Middle East something more like a limp fish.   Photograph: Getty Images

Last week I was in Singapore giving a talk organised by a German bank to an audience of mainly Asian women. Though I was 7,000 miles from home, and se(...)

Female members of the “Mother Aisha” battalion sit together along a street in Aleppo’s Salaheddine district. Photograph: Loubna Mrie/Reuters

Who are Syria’s armed rebels? It’s a question mulled over by policymakers in Europe and the US as they consider the risks of intervening in the two-ye(...)

A North Korean soldier looks through a pair of binoculars while standing on a boat on the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Photograph: Jacky Chen/Reuters.

North Korea today ordered the indefinite postponement of a scheduled series of reunions for families divided since the 1950-53 Korean War, dealing a (...)

Dr Richard Haass insisted the Northern Ireland negotiations would finish and recommendations for future action would be published by the end of December. 
Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The first plenary session of talks involving the main Stormont parties to resolve problems linked to parades, flags and legacy issues have been descri(...)

Encouraging signs
  • Ireland
  • September 21, 2013, 01:00

Relief that the Irish economy is no longer in recession is tempered with some concern that the recovery now underway remains sluggish. In the second q(...)

Bull pen: Michael Bloomberg, centre, next to his cubicle surrounded by those of his staff and advisers at City Hall in New York. Photograph: Hiroko Masuike/New York Times

What if mayors ruled the world? That’s the bold question being asked by politicians and academics at Interdependence Day, a conference in Dublin this (...)

Apple  attracted long lines of shoppers today for the global debut of its latest iPhones, the company’s biggest product introduction this year. Photograph: George Frey/Bloomberg

Apple’s use of fingerprint identification with the iPhone 5S that went on sale today raises substantial privacy questions for the company and for phon(...)

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was captured in Pakistan in 2010 and has since emerged as a figure who Afghanistan and Pakistan believe could help to persuade his former comrades to lay down their weapons and engage in peace talks. Image: Google Maps

Pakistan will release former Afghan Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar tomorrow, the Pakistani foreign ministry said today.The Unite(...)

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