North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un at last Friday’s missile test launch, which some analysts believe may put the entirety of the United States within range. Photograph: EPA/Korean Central News Agency

A mystery has long surrounded North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes. Conventional wisdom holds that the North’s weapons are intended to address(...)

 Cardinal Jaime Ortega  arriving at the Cathedral of Havana to celebrate his last mass as Archbishop  on May 7th, 2016. Photograph: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

In May 2014, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the long-time archbishop of Havana and one of the most influential political figures in Cuba, travelled to Washin(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks during the Governor’s Dinner in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Navy withdrew from consideration Sunday, saying that meeting the government’s ethics guidelines (...)

Ciara O’Doherty: “The bigger the audience, the bigger the fee the brand will be willing to pay.”

You haven’t seen anyone wearing a varsity jacket since the Breakfast Club, and suddenly they’re everywhere. You look around and realise that everyone (...)

Christine Sneed: The stories in “The Virginity of Famous Men” are “fast-paced and full of action”

Up-and-coming American short story writers have recently been heeding the old advertising adage: sex sells. In 2015, Lauren Holmes published her no-n(...)

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell escorts US president-elect Donald Trump and  his wife Melania Trump to a meeting at the  Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

He favours joining forces with Moscow, repudiating trade deals and pulling back from Nato. He sees climate change as “not one of our big problems”, h(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Because it believes it can survive only by keeping the Korean Peninsula near war, it creates a risk of sparking just that, perhaps through some accident or miscalculation. Photograph: KCNA/via Reuters

Is North Korea irrational? Or does it just pretend to be? North Korea has given the world ample reason to ask: threats of war, occasional attacks aga(...)

Apple in Cork: the US government escalated the dispute this week over what Washington sees as the unfair targeting of American multinationals and their tax arrangements with individual EU members states. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The US Treasury’s missive, fired at the EU Commission warning about the effect of its antitrust investigations into Irish tax arrangements of Apple an(...)

File photo: A mother holds her one-month old daughter, who was born with microcephaly and was exposed to the Zika virus during her mother’s pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Antonio Lacarda/EPA

After several weeks of study and debate, US health officials concluded that infection with the Zika virus during pregnancy causes the birth defect mi(...)

A man carries bread as he walks past damaged buildings in Aleppo’s al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood December 2, 2013. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters.

One morning in mid-2014, before the summer sun had reached its peak, two elderly men in Aleppo, Syria, sat on plastic chairs, chatting quietly and dr(...)

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