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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (in camouflage) with Russian president Vladimir Putin and defence minister Sergei Shoigu (both suited) visiting an  air base in Latakia Province, Syria, on  December 11. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to his country’s Khmeimim air base in Syria should have been no surprise. Putin has repeatedly declared his i(...)

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after their meeting in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has urged the EU to reverse its criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as his country’s capi(...)

Kaohsiung harbour in Kaoshiung, southern Taiwan. “The day that a US navy vessel arrives in Kaohsiung is the day that our People’s Liberation Army  unifies Taiwan by military force,” said Li Kexin, minister at China’s embassy in Washington DC. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

A senior Chinese diplomat has said mainland China will invade Taiwan if the US sends navy ships to the self-ruled island, prompting a bout of verbal (...)

Saoirse Ronan chatting to Mary J Blige on the red carpet at the IFP Gotham Awards in November, while Greta Gerwig is interviewed. Ronan won an award for her role  in Lady Bird, which Gerwig directed.  Ronan has also been nominated for a Golden Globe award. Photograph: Rebecca Smeyne/The New York Times

Saoirse Ronan continues a seemingly inevitable run to a third Oscar nod with a nomination for best actress (comedy or musical) at the upcoming Golden (...)

Steve Alexander, Doug Alexander jnr and their parents Doug Alexander snr and Lily Alexander died after their rental car collided with a lorry in Co Wexford. Photograph: via Facebook

A couple who died in a collision in Co Wexford last week along with two of their adult sons, “lived the American dream” and tried to help others to re(...)

Dermot Bannon

Apart from the fact that they are not owned by Dermot Bannon, that they are not all based in New York, and that, as mostly unoccupied dwellings, they (...)

Adam Driver at the red carpet event for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. Photograph: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Adam Driver has a reputation for being a serious young man, which is partly a matter of attitude and partly, I suspect, to do with some aspect of his (...)

According to a 2005 Cornell University study, mothers could expect a deficit in average starting salaries compared to childless women

At a dinner in London not long ago, the chief executive of a very respectable organisation told a story that left her end of the table gobsmacked. It(...)

Tusla figures show that 60% of reports are closed after preliminary screening and before initial assessment, and of the remainder 54% are subsequently closed. Photograph: Getty Images

The Children First Act 2017, which will be fully commenced on December 11th, 2017, will be claimed by the Government as landmark legislation. It is pa(...)

No one is going to thank you for giving them  a  voucher with ridiculously restrictive terms and conditions for Christmas. Photograph: iStock

Despite the fact that the voucher industry in Ireland is worth hundreds of millions of euro, it is almost completely unregulated. Retailers can impose(...)

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