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Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani (centre) is approached by staff members after a news conference in New York today. Mr Rouhani said  he wanted talks with major powers on Iran’s nuclear program to yield results in a short period of time and that the improved mood in US-Iranian relations could lead to better ties. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

US president Barack Obama and new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani held a historic phone call on Friday, in the highest level conversation between the(...)

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Ending weeks of diplomatic deadlock, the US and Russia reached an agreement last night on a draft UN Security Council resolution aimed at ridding Syri(...)

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: for the first time yesterday, however, Mr Noonan publicly acknowledged a measure of flexibility to ease the €3.1 billion retrenchment target set out in Ireland’s troika deal. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Coalition leaders are set to resume deliberations over next month’s budget later this week after inconclusive talks yesterday at the Economic Manage(...)

US president Barack Obama  at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama said today the United States was ready to engage diplomatically with Iran in what could be a historic opening between the lo(...)

Secretary of State John Kerry: “It is vital for the international community to stand up and speak out in the strongest possible terms about the importance of enforceable action to rid the world of Syria’s chemical weapons.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday it was essential that a Russia-US deal on eradicating Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal be enforced and(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter looks at damaged buildings and debris on a street in Aleppo’s Salaheddine neighbourhood. Russia said talks on a peace unlikley before October. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters.

Russia wants a Syria peace conference to be held as soon as possible but it is unlikely to go ahead before October because there is a busy diplomatic(...)

 President Michael D Higgins lays a wreath during the National Day of Commemoration Ceremony at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham yesterday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Various strands of society came together in Dublin yesterday to honour the Irishmen and women who died in past wars and on duty with the United Nation(...)

The US is awaiting all official UN translations of the UN Arms Trade Treaty before signing it, US secretary of state John Kerry has said in a statement. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Minister of State for Development Joe Costello said it had been hoped the US would sign the first treaty to regulate the $70 billion (€53.6 billion) g(...)

Former US vice-president Al Gore praised Ireland as a “world leader” in tackling hunger and poor nutrition. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland will push for a greater focus on the links between climate change, hunger and poor nutrition at international g(...)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at a news conference in Andorra today. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters
UN passes global arms treaty
  • World
  • April 2, 2013, 19:29

The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved its first treaty regulating the multi billion-pound international arms trade. The(...)

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