US secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo departed Washington on Tuesday night for Saudi Arabia in the wake of weekend attacks on oil facilities that have esc(...)

 Members of the medical profession gather to protest against Hong Kong police brutality at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on August 13, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images) BESTPIX

A long hot summer, escalating violent street protests, meddling from mainland China and rumours of imminent invasion from the north. The events in Hon(...)

Prof Peter Gallagher watches on as guest of honour astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell admires Lord Rosse’s tie – inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which drew inspiration from the galaxies discovered using the giant telescope at Birr Castle in the 19th century. Photograph: Jeff Harvey

The Low Frequency Array radio telescope at Birr Castle, known as I-LOFAR, has contributed significantly to international space research since it was i(...)

Notre Dame de Paris cathedral under repair after it was badly damaged by a huge fire on April 15th. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

The billionaire French donors who publicly promised large donations totalling hundreds of millions to rebuild Notre Dame have not yet paid a cent towa(...)

 The North’s official Korean Central News Agency did not specify what type of weapon was involved in the test. File Photograph: KCNA/EPA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will travel to Russia this month for talks with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Thursday, announcing th(...)

The Republic was previously ranked first in the world to do business back in 2013 but its performance has declined in the years since

The Republic remains one of the best countries in the world in which to do business but has recorded a decline over the last year, according to the la(...)

Brett Kavanaugh is congratulated by Donald Trump after the US president nominated him as a justice of the supreme court. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

When Donald Trump strode into the East Room of the White House on Monday night to face the cameras, the US president could barely contain his smile. (...)

US Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks after being nominated by US president Donald Trump to the supreme court in the East Room of the White House on Monday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

There are few more damning illustrations of how political divisions are degrading American public life than the circus that appointments to the suprem(...)

US secretary of commerce Wilbur Ross: ”We are far less protectionist than Europe. We are far less protectionist than Japan. We are far less protectionist than China.”  Photograph:  AFP Photo

How are trade partners to respond when US policymakers talk nonsense? That is the situation in which Europeans, Japanese and South Koreans now find th(...)

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus (right) and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon during the CPAC  in National Harbor, Maryland. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

As Republican congressmen return to their home states to face many angry constituents during this week’s Congressional recess, the great and the good (...)

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