Esmail Qaani (second left),  the new leader of the Revolutionary Guard’s  Quds Force.  Photograph: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The same hawks in western capitals who welcomed the US’s assassination this month of Qassem Suleimani will also have felt vindicated by the elevation (...)

Helen McEntee is in Washington DC to meet senior political and business leaders. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

The Minister of State for Europe, Helen McEntee, has urged the United States to refrain from imposing new tariffs on Irish and European goods, as she (...)

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US president Ronald Reagan in 1987. Photograph: Jose R Lopez/The New York Times

When he was running in 2016, Donald Trump told me that he reminded himself of another presidential candidate – someone, Trump said, who was also treme(...)

Twitter: has said politicians like Trump deserve a different standard because what they tweet is newsworthy. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Working for a social media company these days may seem like an exercise in endurance. Once considered a way of connecting the world, it has morphed in(...)

  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg needs to stop disguising a defence of revenue streams as a defence of democracy rather than the serious threat to it that Facebook is. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

For the man-child who runs Facebook, it’s been another few weeks of starring in his own special theatre of the absurd. Under questioning in a variety (...)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Georgetown University this week. Photograph: AP/Nick Wass

What’s on your mind? Facebook asks its users this every time they check in. Dearest revenue-generating-unit, what gives? Any content for us today? Let(...)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg delivered a  35-minute speech at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall in Washington DC in defence of his company.  Photograph: Getty

Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday gave a full-throated defence of Facebook as a champion of free expression, aiming to put the social network above politics(...)

Workers clean the stage before the  Democratic presidential primary debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on July 30th. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

The suspense was high. The hour was late. The questions about the next Democratic debate were many: Ten candidates or 11? Two nights or one? One billi(...)

Trouble ahead? Analysts remain concerned that iPhone users are upgrading handsets less frequently and that the full brunt of trade wars has yet to hit. Photograph: Reuters

IPhone sales now account for less than half of Apple’s revenues. But the company is taking a glass half-full approach. Luca Maestri, Apple’s finance (...)

Oberstown children’s detention centre. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

“When you are out in Dublin, a guard stops you without any reason and brings you to the station, and you are let out 20 minutes later, which is a wast(...)

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