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Anti-establishment  Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio and   far-right League party leader Matteo Salvini: expected to meet President Sergio Mattarella on Monday. Photographs: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s two anti-establishment parties on Friday promised to ramp up spending in a programme for a new coalition government, putting them on a collisi(...)

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: Ireland diluted the EU’s expression of support for the military strike against Syria. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

It was hardly a diplomatic storm. More a quiet contretemps, largely missed or ignored by most of our fellow EU member states, although the issue made (...)

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron plant a tree watched by Mr Trump’s wife Melania and Mr Macron’s wife Brigitte on the grounds of the White House in Washington on Monday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron will lead a European effort to convince US president Donald Trump to remain in the Iran nuclear deal when the two le(...)

 Toronto police and emergency crews  on Yonge Street in northern Toronto, Canada, after nine people were killed and 16 injured when a man driving a white van plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk. Photograph: Warren Toda/EPA

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has led tributes to those killed on Monday after a van driver mounted a pavement in northern Toronto, leaving n(...)

Rowan Gillespie’s “The Victim”, from the Quinnipiac Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

It is to a Jewish bagel tycoon, born in 1930s Connecticut, that we owe the world’s largest collection of art relating to the Irish Famine. His name wa(...)

The UK joining the TPP would reinvigorate the body after the exit of the US last year. Photograph: iStock

The UK has held informal talks about joining a flagship Pacific trade group, in an audacious bid to kick-start exports after Brexit. The proposal, (...)

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street after a cabinet meeting about the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Theresa May has told her cabinet that Britain will seek a bespoke free trade deal with the European Union after Brexit, combining maximum access to Eu(...)

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili speaks  to his supporters as they camp out outside parliament demanding the resignation of the Ukrainian president, in Kiev, Ukraine, on  Wednesday. Photograph: Evgeniy Maloletka/AP

Ukraine’s law enforcers were locked in a standoff with fugitive former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on Wednesday and faced mounting question(...)

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson has said she has become more optimistic about the global response to climate change. File photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Climate justice campaigner Mary Robinson has said she has become more optimistic about the global response to climate change and has urged a “Marshall(...)

One study found that returns are lower around full moons, with the magnitude of the difference being 3-5 per cent per year. Illustration: iStock

Superstitious types will know Friday 13th is just days away. Scientifically minded folks might be inclined to roll their eyes, but this may be prematu(...)

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