The Department of Foreign Affairs has defended Maj-Gen Mike Beary (above), saying his “outstanding record of leadership in numerous international peace-keeping roles speaks for itself”. File photograph: Unifil/UN

The United Nations’ peacekeeping mandate in southern Lebanon, in which Ireland is heavily involved, has been renewed and strengthened but only after f(...)

Beijing published co-ordinates for a maritime air defence zone that covers an uninhabited archipelago of  islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. Photograph: AP

China’s military sent several fighter jets and an early warning aircraft on patrol into disputed air space over the East China Sea yesterday, the Ch(...)

US president Barack Obama has offered his most vigorous public defence of drone strikes, describing them as legal, effective and necessary. (...)