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Kim Jong-un talking with Kim Yong-chol, vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee and delegation leader of the second US-North Korea high-level talks to be held in Washington. Photograph:  KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un praised US president Donald Trump’s “unusual determination and will” to settle their nuclear arms dispute through a s(...)

Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz:  had suggested   a five-year time limit on the backstop  as a compromise. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Simon Coveney was very polite about his counterpart’s intervention in the Brexit debate. And then dismissed it, confident it wasn’t going to run. Pol(...)

US president Donald Trump and China’s president Xi Jinping  in Beijing.  The absence of an international rival has been a disaster for the internal politics of the US. And the emergence of a new one, in China, might be an unexpected blessing. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/Getty Images

Outside this columnist’s residence in Washington, the power centre of the world, are potholes the approximate depth and radius of elephant footprints.(...)

US president Donald Trump announced he would give the State of the Union address after the ongoing government shutdown ends. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP

US president Donald Trump will postpone his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends. Following a high-stakes game of da(...)

On Monday, a group of attackers drove a captured military humvee packed with explosives into a national intelligence base in Wardak, about 40 km outside the Afghan capital, Kabul. More than 100 people were killed in the attack. Photograph: Jawad Jalali/EPA

On Monday, a group of attackers drove a captured military humvee packed with explosives into a national intelligence base about 40 km outside the Afgh(...)

  US supreme court in Washington: the court also decided not to take up a review of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, leaving  800,000 people  in legal limbo. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

US president Donald Trump’s contentious move to ban transgender people from the military received a boost from the supreme court on Tuesday which rule(...)

US president Donald Trump with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the White House following a presentation of a bowl of shamrock. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Government Ministers and representatives will visit more than 50 countries over the St Patrick’s Day festival in what will be a final pre-Brexit promo(...)

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan: “We make no apologies for the fact that we’re pitching for what is mobile investment”

Ireland will have to work harder to retain a healthy flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) as political and trade concerns impact on business activi(...)

Discovery has called into question North Korea’s intentions as officials met in Sweden this week to discuss  arrangements for Kim Jong-un’s second meeting with Donald Trump, which is expected to take place near the end of February. Photograph: Kevin Lim/EPA

Experts have revealed an undeclared site that reportedly serves as the headquarters of one of North Korea’s ballistic missile programmes, weeks before(...)

US Republican senator  Lindsey Graham  dines at the Palace of Princes restaurant in Manbij, Syria, in July 2018. Photograph: Charlie Savage/New York Times

For US troops posted in the dusty flatlands of northern Syria, the Palace of the Princes restaurant in Manbij offered a pleasant place to stop for gri(...)

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