Diplomats under the Biden administration, have been busy promoting the US’s return to the liberal-multilateral mainstream. Photograph: Getty

It’s a staple of that dismal genre, the political memoir: the new leader, swept into office and eager to act, quickly confronts the limits of his or h(...)

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas blamed Israel for uncertainty about whether it would allow the legislative election to proceed in Jerusalem as well as in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Photograph:  Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Friday postponed planned parliamentary elections amid a dispute over voting in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem a(...)

Taoiseach pushes back against calls in US for referendum on Irish unity  File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stressed the importance of reconciliation as he pushed back against recent calls in the United States for a referendum on(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will also speak with US vice-president Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. File photograph: Julien Behal

Virtual meetings with US president Joe Biden, vice-president Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will headline Taoiseach Micheál Marti(...)

President Joe Biden: ‘If  we make these investments now with interest rates at historic lows, it will generate more growth, higher incomes, a stronger economy.’ Photograph: AP

US president Joe Biden made the case for his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package on Friday, amid criticism from Republicans and some economists that(...)

Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AFP via Getty Images

Beijing has imposed sanctions on several former Trump administration officials, including ex-US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, accusing them of havin(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron attends a video conference along with Chinese president Xi Jinping, German chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and president of the European Council Charles Michel to conclude a business investment deal. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/pool via AP

The EU and China have announced a long-awaited deal on an investment treaty, in a move that is aimed at opening up lucrative new corporate opportuniti(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph:  Paul Grover/POOL/AFP via Getty

Britain should be congratulated for coming to a Brexit deal with the EU, but be wary of the very different world they are walking into, international (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with  US  vice president Joe Biden  at Government Buildings, Dublin, in 2016.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Spirits in the Irish Government, gloomy after overnight trends towards President Donald Trump, rose throughout the day as Joe Biden began to close the(...)

Suzanne Kane and her husband Joey at their home in Walkinstown. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times.

The relaxed atmosphere of lockdown has led to a spike in pregnancies, says one hospital. But for some, Covid-19 and economic uncertainty have had t(...)

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